Lightning defensive prospect and 2008 6th round pick Luke Witkowski is reportedly out with an injury and will miss the inaugral season opener of Fargo Force Friday night when they travel to play the Omaha Lancers. The Force is coached by long time UND head coach Dean Blais. The Force begin the USHL season with an eight game road trip, with their home opener on October 30 against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
Witkowski is credited with with first fighting major in Force team history when he dropped the gloves with Blake Thompson of Sioux Falls in Fargo's first exhibition game.
Dimitri Kazionov had a goal and was +1 in Kazan's 8-4 win over Novosibirsk.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Khabarovsk's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in CSKA's 3-1 loss to Cherepovets.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 4-1 win over Rogle.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and 4 penalty minutes in Lulea's 3-1 loss to Timra.
Johan Harju had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in Lulea's 4-2 loss to Brynas. Harju is off to another hot goal scoring start. His 4 goals in 7 games is tied for 4th in the Elitserien in goal scoring.
(PG Citizen) Dana Tyrell believes he belongs at a higher level, but that's not going to keep him from doing the best he can at this one.
Tyrell, the captain of the Prince George Cougars, will see his first home action of the WHL season when the Chilliwack Bruins arrive for a doubleheader -- games Friday and Saturday at CN Centre. Tyrell, now a 19-year-old and the longest-tenured player on the team, was on the ice last weekend as the Cats lost in Vancouver but rebounded with an overtime victory in Chilliwack.
"I definitely feel I can play there, and I could've played there this year," said Tyrell, who had a lengthy stay at the main camp of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired the rights to defenseman Michal Sersen from the Pittsburgh Penguins today in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced.
Sersen, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Gelnica, Slovakia, played in 54 games with HC Slovan Bratislava last season, recording nine goals and 18 points. He led all defensemen on the team in goals and was third in points. Sersen also played in 18 playoff games with HC Slovan as they won the Extraligaâ€™s championship. He recorded a goal and three points during the post season. He has played in 96 games with Bratislava during the previous two seasons, recorded 10 goals and 23 points.
Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times reports that behemoth Bolts prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has not only earned a roster with the Tampa Bay Lightning but is assured of playing in the team's 2008-09 season opener against the New York Rangers on October 4th in Prague. At 6.08 and 241 lbs, the young Slovakian blueliner has drawn comparisons to Boston's Zdeno Chara.
Coming into training camp, BoltProspects had tagged Mihalik as a darkhorse candidate to win a roster spot, but with Matt Smaby and newcomers like Janne Niskala, Andrew Hutchinson, and Ty Wishart slotted ahead of him in the depth chart, chances were slim that he would be starting the season in Bolts sweater.
Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Kamloops Blazers 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots
Tokarskiâ€™s shutout streak ended at two when Kamloopsâ€™ Tyler Shattock scored early in the first period. Tokarski made 30 saves for his third victory in four games. The Chiefsâ€™ three headed monster of Mitch Wahl (Calgary), Drayson Bowman (Carolina), and Jared Cowen (Likely top-5 pick in 2009) were the gameâ€™s three stars.