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 â€“ both shootout victories. They are 3-1 overall. Cape Bretonâ€™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.
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%
Erik Erlendsson of the Trib is reporting the lineup for tomorrow night's preseason game in Regina against Ottawa.
The game will be of particular importance for Wright, who is looking to secure an entry level contract with the team this season.
Ottawa 67â€™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 67â€™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 Maraâ€™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.
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.
Sointu makes his North American debut ... Zador gets a win in Oshawa's season opener ... Barberio and DeCoste also in action.
Prospects and veterans both shine in an overtime win.
TB 16:52, Malone 1 (PP) (Foster, Lecavalier)
ATL 9:10, Postma 1 (Slater)
TB 4:34, St. Louis 1 (PP) (Lecavalier)
The stealth good news from these first two preseason games is that Kurtis Foster has a power play assist in each contest. If Foster can refind his groove in Tampa Bay, the Lightning will have a formidable power play which could put a playoff berth within reach.
It's never a bad thing when Vincent Lecavalier starts off the year with a multi-point night either.
Carter Ashton had 2 shots in 10:43 in his first big audition for a roster spot.
Zenon Konopka wasted all of 3 seconds before he dropped the gloves tonight and finished with a pair of brawls in 6:55.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:07. He was also 50% on draws.
Blair Jones had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:12.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:59.
And, finally, Victor Hedman topped 27 minutes of ice time again tonight registering 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 27:04. This young man is the truth, folks. He's started his pro career by playing over 54 minutes over the span of 72 hours, and handled it with seeming ease.
The web site of the Finnish SM-Liiga team Rauma Lukko is reporting that Lightning forward prospect Lauri Tukonen has left the Tampa training camp early and will be arriving back in Rauma on Saturday in time to participate in team drills on Monday. Tukonen, while not yet reassigned to Norfolk, failed to make the team roster for either of the Lightning's first two exhibition games. The Lightning signed the former LA Kings 1st round pick to a one-year, two-way contract on July 16, but his contract reportedly has a European out-clause allowing the winger to return to Lukko instead of reporting to Norfolk.
Open roster slots on the Tampa forward lines are heavily contested and the competition apparently has gotten even tougher with head coach Rick Tocchet quoted as saying today that 2009 1st round pick Carter Ashton "has shown enough that he could stay. He's done everything asked of him." Ashton will make his NHL debut tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers in Tampa's only home pre-season match, and he is expected to start on Tampa's top line alongside Vincent Lecavalier and free agent acquisition Alex Tanguay.
Meanwhile, the Norfolk Admirals have announced that their 2009 training camp will open Wednesday, September 23 with the scheduled Admirals vs. Lightning exhibition match two days later on Friday at the Scope. Admirals GM Mike Butters announced that the following free agents will attend training camp: D Ben Wright, D Trevor Hendrikx, C Ryan McDonald, C Travis Whitehead, former Lightning prospect LW Justin Keller, RW Matt Dias, RW Stephen Werner, RW Erick Lizon, RW Chaz Johnson and RW Tommy Goebel. These free agents will join Lightning prospects Kevin Quick, Scott Jackson, Chris Lawrence, and Mitch Fadden who were assigned to Admirals yesterday from the Tampa training camp. Other Lightning players will join the Admirals camp as the Tampa staff continue to trim down the NHL roster.
The Admirals will hold on-ice practice sessions at The Scope next week. Beginning on Thursday, September 24, all weekday on-ice practices will be open to the public. Wednesdayâ€™s training camp testing sessions and all weekend practices will be closed to the public. The Admiral camp schedule is as follows:
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Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 9
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM
The Eastern Conference favorite Colts started their season off with a bang by crushing Owen Sound 9-1. The game was well out of hand by the time the third period started as the Colts were sitting back on an 8-1 lead. Hutchings, who has led the Colts in scoring the last two seasons, had a relatively quiet opener, notching just an assist. Luke Pither (undrafted) had 4 goals for Barrie.
Defending OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor also started their season Thursday, but a depleted Spits squad lost 6-5 to rival Plymouth in a shootout. Windsorâ€™s Richard Panik was in Tampa preparing for tonightâ€™s exhibition game for the Lightning. Both Barrie and Windsor are predicted to run away with their respective conference titles.