Luca Cunti Gets Tryout with Bern

The Swiss HockeyBlog site is [url=http://www.blogticino.ch/~hockeyblog/]reporting[/url] that former Lightning forward prospect and 2007 3rd round pick [URL=http://www.boltprospects.com/luca-cunti]Luca Cunti[/URL] has secured a tryout with Bern of the Swiss elite league. After being drafted by the Lightning, Cunti came to North America with the intention of playing NCAA hockey for St. Cloud State University, but was eventually deemed ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse because of this previous Swiss junior hockey experience. Cunti then played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL before being drafted by Rimouski Oceanic in the 2008 QMJHL import draft. Cunti played the 2008-09 season for L'Oceanic before the Lightning relinquished their rights to Cunti this summer.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/22 Lightning at Coyotes (in Everett)

Smitty in regular season form.

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PHO-1

Mike Smith, unofficially, with 32 saves on 33 shots, and the one he let in was somewhat controversial.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB - Halpern 1 (Wright, Meszaros)(PP) 02:32
TB - Halpern 2 (Wright, Miller) 05:18
PHO - Prucha 1 (Vrbara, Hanzal) 10:34

Third Period
NO SCORING

What a boon it would be for the Lightning if Jeff Halpern could get back to 20 goal form on the third line. It'd make the Lightning one of the best offensive teams in the conference, easily.

Two straight strong games by James Wright. He can't be JF Soucy redux, though. He needs to follow this up with a strong 30 goal campaign in the WHL.

KHL Game Day: 9/22

Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 21 shots and had an assist in Omsk's 3-1 win over Kazan. Dimitry Kazionov was scoreless in 14:30 for Ak Bars.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in 5:02 as Ekaterinburg fell to Magnitogorsk 3-1.

Vasily Koshechkin stopped 37 of 38 shots but allowed 1 of 2 shooters to score in a 2-1 Togliatti loss to Astana.

Johan Harju had 2 shots on goal in 16:16 as Dynamo Moscow fell 5-4 to CSKA in the shootout. Harju was also 54% on draws.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9/21 Senators at Lightning (in Regina)

The Lightning's lower liners and prospects fall to many of Ottawa's top liners in a neutral site game.

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Not much in the way of statistics for this one. Antero Nittymaki took the loss allowing 2 goals over the first 40 minutes. Riku Helenius allowed the Sens an insurance marker in the Third Period.

First Period
OTT Fisher 4 (Regin) 03:22

Second Period
TB Ashton 1 (Walker) 04:10
OTT Kovalev 2 (Spezza, Michalek) 07:45

Third Period
OTT Spezza 1 (Fisher, Karlsson) 09:45

Not sure about the accuracy of the box score we got, as the Lightning tweeted that the goal by Carter Ashton came off an assist by Steve Downie on a 2-on-1.

Box score from Yahoo Sports.

Lightning Re-assign Norfolk GM

(Norfolk Admirals release)

The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, announced today that Admirals General Manager Mike Butters has been re-assigned as a professional scout for the Lightning. Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton will assume the general manager duties for the Admirals.

Last season was Butters’ first as Admirals general manager. The club improved by four wins and ten points under Butters’ watch last season while utilizing a franchise-record 55 players.

CHL Game Night: 9/20

QMJHL

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM

Moncton moved to 2-0 with Barberio in the lineup – both shootout victories. They are 3-1 overall. Cape Breton’s Olivier Roy (Oilers) streak of 24 straight shootout saves was broken. He stopped 10 of 11 in this shootout (0/14 last year, 0/10 this year). Barberio did not participate in the shootout. His assist - his first point of the year - came on the power play in the first period. He had 45 points in 66 games last season.

KHL Game Day: 9/20

Denis Kazionov was -1 with 1 shot on goal in 14:49 in Ekaterinburg's 4-3 loss to Chelyabinsk.

Dimitry Kazionov was -1 with 2 shots on goal in 12:47 as Kazan fell to Nizhnekamsk 3-2.

Tomorrow is another rare day off for the Lightning's Russian prospects before a busy Tuesday slate.

Lightning Russian Prospect Statistics Through 9/20:
Harju (Dynamo Moscow), 4 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, -2
Kazionov (Kazan), 4 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -3
Kazinov (Ekaterinburg), 5 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, -2

Ramo (Omsk), 4 GP, 1-3-0, 2.22 GAA, .901 sv%
Koshechkin (Togliatti), 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.94 GAA, .882 sv%

Lightning Lineup for Tomorrow's Game in Regina Against Senators

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting the lineup for tomorrow night's preseason game in Regina against Ottawa.

Making their first preseason games of the season will be prospects Riku Helenius, defenseman Ty Wishart, and forwards Juraj Simek and James Wright.

Other prospects in action will be Steve Downie, Martins Karsums, Drew Miller, Paul Szczechura, Dana Tyrell, and Matt Lashoff.

The game will be of particular importance for Wright, who is looking to secure an entry level contract with the team this season.

CHL Game Night: 9/19

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0,+1, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM

Ottawa overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to give the franchise its first win under a coach not named Brian Kilrea in 29 years. Chris Byrne had his first win as 67’s coach.

Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT)
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

No word yet why DeCoste missed the game. Jaroslav Janus (Erie) remains with Tampa Bay.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Plymouth Whalers 6 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: OTL, 32 saves on 38 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 4.85 GAA, .861 sv%, 0 SO

Playing his second game in two nights, Zador gave up 5 early, but remained in the game to watch Oshawa claw back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Tyler Brown (undrafted) scored in overtime for Paul Mara’s alma mater.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM

Luke Pither (undrafted) had a hat trick for Barrie, including scoring the OT winner for the Colts. He has seven goals in two games. Wow.

Panik Returns to Spitfires

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned right wing Richard Panik to the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. The Lightning now have 42 players remaining in camp.

Panik, 18, played in two preseason games with the Lightning, recording two shots on goal.

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