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.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 13 of 13 shots for his first shutout of the season in Togliatti's 3-0 win over Khabarovsk. Koshechkin ran his record to 2-1-1 with the win. Denis Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes in the match for Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, and was +1 in his season debut as Mytischi defeated Voskresensk 4-1.
Anton But was -1 in CSKA's 5-3 loss to St. Petersburg.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 21 of 23 shots in Togliatti's 3-2 overtime win over Novosibirsk. Koshechkin ran his season record to 3-1-1 and was named KHL Goaltender of the Week.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Mytischi's 4-3 shootout win over Omsk.
Anton But had a goal in CSKA's 2-1 win over his old club, Yaroslavl.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 3-1 loss to Yulaev.
Vasily Koshechkin allowed 2 goals on 19 shots before leaving the game late in a 3-1 loss to KHK MVD. Koshechkin fell to 3-2-1 on the season.
Denis Kazionov was -2 in Khabarovsk's 5-3 loss to Chelyabinsk.
The St. Pete Times is reporting is reporting that prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals. Mihalik was a training camp surprise, making the season opening Tampa roster ahead of several other blueliners including Andrew Hutchinson and Matt Smaby. Mihalik received praise from Lightning head coach Barry Melrose in his NHL debuts in Prague.
Mihalik's reassignment comes amid speculation that the Bolts might be interested in claiming Calgary Flames veteran defenseman Rhett Warrener off of waivers or signing free agent defensmen Bryan Berard, as the Lightning traded blueliner Shane O'Brien to Vancouver for Lukas Krajicek earlier today. Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger, listed as a non-roster player prior to the opener, might be ready to return to action as he continues to re-hab his off-season surgically repaired shoulder.
As expected, goaltender Karri Ramo has been assigned to AHL Norfolk after returning from Prague where he accompanied the Lightning for the first two games of the regular season. Ramo, who was excellent in the preseason, was penciled in for Norfolk ever since the Bolts signed veteran goalie Olaf Kolzig July 1. Ramo was recalled from Norfolk on December 19 of last year and never returned. He played 22 games for the Lightning last season, going 7-11-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage. (source: tampabaylightning.com)