Results from all five junior leagues posted ... Barberio, Courtnall and Ward extend point streaks ... Something's not Wright in Vancouver
Not the greatest opener, but still better than the Lightning's.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss.
HER Osala, (1) (Perreault, Sloan), 9:52
NOR Smith, (1) (Bochenski, Szczechura), 2:32 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (1) (Lawrence, Smith), 8:32
HER Mink, (4) (Giroux, Aucoin), 14:31
HER Gordon, (2) (Wilson, Perreault), 16:57 (PP)
HER Giroux, (2) (Bourque, Alzner), 19:01
NOR Szczechura, (1) (Segal, Mihalik), 9:43
HER Bourque, (2) (Laing), 18:44 (EN)
Wyatt Smith was named the game's second star for Norfolk. Some very interesting line combinations from Darren Rumble in the game, seemingly going against the grain by spreading out his veterans to try to create three scoring lines. 22 shots on goal won't pass muster, though, so that plan may need to be scrapped in favor of the more traditional two scoring lines.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
On the same day that Norfolk Admirals GM Mike Butters announced that Lightning forward prospect Mitch Fadden would be returned to his Lethbridge junior team, Butters announced that defenseman Jeff May has been signed to an Amateur Tryout contract. May, a teammate of Fadden at Lethbridge, completed his final junior campaign last spring as a free agent. May, a 2005 5th round selection of the Detroit Red Wings, was unable to come to contractual terms with the club and was a free agent invitee to Tampa's Traverse City prospects camp. His play on the TC blueline earned him an invitation to Norfolk's training camp.
"Jeff May had a good training camp," said Butters. "He is a good puck mover and has great aptitude for the game. We look forward to seeing him develop into a potential NHL prospect."
May, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defenseman from Richmond, British Columbia, will be making his professional debut. Last season, May ranked fifth in assists and twelfth in scoring among WHL defenseman. In 54 games between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Prince Albert Raiders, May netted four goals and 40 assists.
Norfolk General Manager Mike Butters announced Thursday that forward Mitch Fadden would not be signed and was returned to WHL Lethbridge. Fadden, who had 89 points in 72 games last year for Lethbridge, was thought to be a lock for an NHL contract this summer. Prior to the new ownership taking over in Tampa, then-Lightning general manager Jay Feaster told Bolt Prospects it was his intention to get Fadden signed this summer, though they were not under any deadline to do so.
Brampton Battalion 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
After a three game point streak, DeCoste has gone two games in a row without hitting the scoresheet. Cody Hodgson (First Rounder - Vancouver) was making his season debut for Brampton and registered two assists.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Prince George Cougars 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Tyrell scored PGâ€™s first two goals, then earned the primary assist on the game winner in the second half of the third period. The Cougars captain now has six points in five games to start his final year in the WHL.
Montreal Junior 0 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Cunti extended his points streak to six games with his second period power play assist. He was actually credited with two assists in the game before a late scoring change. Cunti was a focal point on the Oceanic power play, operating several dishes and give-and-go plays out of both corners down low. At this point in the season, he remains primarily a playmaker staying outside the high-traffic areas. He continues to be Rimouskiâ€™s points leader (tie) with seven.
Recently acquired Bolt Lucas Krajicek practiced with Lightning prospect James Wright and his Vancouver Giants teammates as he waits for immigration papers to go through so he can join Tampa Bay.