Yesterday's Karjala Cup Scores

Russia 4 @ Finland 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 39/42, 2.77 GAA, .929 sv%

Koshechkin stopped all shooters he faced in the penalty shot session. Alexei Morozov scored the winner for the Russians.

Sweden 4 @ Czech Republic 3
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Harju centered line four for the Swedes. He was 44% on draws. Victor Hedman's brother Oscar played on Sweden's second pairing. Former Lightning prospect Marek Kvapil scored a goal for the Czechs.

CHL Game Night: 11/5

OHL

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 18 GP, 4-8-12, +15, 6 PIM

Windsor went ahead 3-0 before the midway point of the game and never looked back, outshooting the Soo 45-20. Panik has points in six of his last eight games, but just one goal over that time. He finished October with nine points in 14 games.

NHL Game Night: 11/5 Lightning at Senators

I actually thought tonight was a huge improvement over the Toronto game.

TB-2
OTT-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. I thought it was another quality start. I feel like he should clearly be the starter at this stage.

First Period
TB 3:03, Tanguay 2 (Halpern, Downie)(PP)
OTT 5:02, Alfredsson 6 (Spezza, Michalek)

Second Period
OTT 12:00, Fisher 6 (Kovalev, Spezza)(PP)
TB 13:40, Stamkos 12 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
OTT 4:17, Spezza 1 (Kuba, Fisher)(PP)

The offense is still lacking in continuity and not generating as many chances and as much forecheck as you might want, but the defensive effort was light years better than against Toronto.

Steve Downie had an assist, 17 penalty minutes, and 1 blocked shot in 8:45. Downie is now 7 games shy of graduating from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 2 blocked shots, and was 80% on draws in 8:51.

James Wright had 2 hits and was 50% on draws in 13:50.

Victor Hedman had 2 blocked shots in 15:17 before leaving the game after getting hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil. The way he grabbed his head, I'm a little worried it's a concussion.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Witkowski Not Just Biding His Time With WMU Hockey

(Kalmazoo Gazette) When he was 9 years old, defenseman Luke Witkowski visited Western Michigan University, watched a hockey game, went into the locker room and decided then he wanted to play hockey for the Broncos.

Ten years later, he’s a freshman blueliner paired with senior Tyler Ludwig as the Broncos (4-3-0, 0-2-0 CCHA) prepare to host Lake Superior State in a home series Friday and Saturday at Lawson Ice Arena. ...

For the rest of this feature, see the Kalmazoo Gazette online by clicking here.

CHL Game Night: 11/4

OHL

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-1-4, -1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste scored the game's opening goal on the power play in his first game as a Bull, but Belleville couldn’t hang on to 2-0 and 3-2 leads and get a win. The Bulls lost the shootout 2-0 and now stand at 6-11-1-1 on the year, two points ahead of Ottawa for fourth in the East Division. DeCoste, who scored when he banged home a rebound off his own shot, now has a two game goal streak and three game point streak.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-10-19, +6, 10 PIM

Hutchings’ ninth goal of the season broke a mini two-game scoreless streak. He finished October with 13 points in 13 games (6-7-13).

WHL

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-11-20, -4, 28 PIM

Ashton (pictured) extended his point streak to five games with two primary assists Wednesday night. He has 10 points in those five games, but surprisingly for him, just two goals. He’s already nearing his career high for assists in a season, set last year at 20. He also had 30 goals and 50 points in 70 games last year.

Ramo Named KHL's Top Goaltender for October

Karri Ramo, who left the Lightning this past offseason to play the No.1 role for Avangard in the KHL, was named the league's top goaltender for the month of October.

Ramo won seven of 11 games for Omsk, posting a 1.92 goals against average, a .912 save percentage, and two shutouts.

Ramo is a restricted free agent who can be re-signed by the Lightning at the end of the year.

Admirals Release Janus

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Norfolk Admirals have released goaltender Jaroslav Janus from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO). Janus will report to the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

Janus, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound goaltender from Presov, Slovakia, appeared in his first two professional games with the Admirals, recording an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with an 0-2-0 record. He made his pro debut on October 14 at Albany, stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 setback. The Admirals NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, drafted Janus in the sixth round (162nd overall) of last summer’s NHL Entry Draft.

Janus completed his second OHL season with Erie in 2008-09, posting a 25-20-3 record with a 3.24 goals-against average in 49 games. He led the Otters in games played, wins, shutouts with three and save percentage at .908. He also played in five playoff games with Erie, posting a shutout and a 1-4-0 record.

Janus has played in 97 career OHL games, posting a 38-49-5 record with a 3.81 goals-against average.

Note: Janus is expected to join the Otters Thursday and play Friday vs. Niagara.

AHL Game Night: 11/3 Admirals at Moose

The Admirals got a sweep just when they needed it.

NOR-3
MTB-1

Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the win.

First Period
MTB Maxwell, (1) (Leblanc), 8:34

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Tyrell, Parrish), 9:12
NOR Karsums, (1) (Lundin), 17:38

Third Period
NOR Hall, (1) (Keller, Quick), 9:43

Dana Tyrell and Paul Szczechura were named the game's first and second stars. Martins Karsums and Adam Hall finally scored their first goals of the season. The Admirals climb back to within 1 game of .500 with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11/3 Lightning at Leafs

Ugly, but I'll take it, I suppose.

TB-2
TOR-1 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 41 shots for the victory. I honestly don't know why there isn't a goaltending controversy at this point.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
TB 18:34, Lecavalier 2 (Ohlund)

Third Period
TOR 5:04, White 3 (Hagman, Beauchemin)(PP)

Overtime
TB 2:21, Malone 9 (Tanguay)

It's lucky that A.) Nittymaki stood on his head again, and B.) Toronto is just awful enough to lose games like this even when they deserve to win. Allowing 41 shots to a team like the Leafs is a joke. Maybe the momentum and mojo the team will get from winning an overtime game will help them in the confidence department, but this is still a terrible Lightning team on the road.

Steve Downie was +1 with 2 hits in 11:44.

Drew Miller only played 4:09 in the game.

Zenon Konopka had 1 hit and was 75% on draws in 4:52.

James Wright played 13:25.

Victor Hedman was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 25:46. He also had 4 PIMs, though.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Report: Norfolk to Return Janus to OHL

A report on the Erie Times-News' web site states the AHL's Norfolk Admirals will return goaltender Jaroslav Janus to the OHL's Erie Otters this week.

The newspaper received confirmation of the expected transaction from Janus' agent, Craig Oster of Newport Sports Management Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario.

The report also states the Lightning are interested in signing Janus after this season.

Janus, a 2009 sixth round pick of the Lightning, began the season with Norfolk on a 25-game professional tryout contract. He has played in two of Norfolk's 10 games, accumulating a 0-2-0 record, a 1.52 goals-against average (GAA) and a .939 save percentage. Last year he posted a 25-20-4 record with Erie, along with a 3.24 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Otters have struggled defensively this year so far, and Janus will be a welcomed re-addition.

Janus' expected departure from Norfolk would leave the club with Dustin Tokarski and Riku Helenius in net.(Norfolk Admirals photo)

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