Now, that's what OK Hockey must've had in mind this summer.
Olaf Kolzig stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win.
09:51 TB Stamkos (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
10:30 TB Jokinen (2), (Artyukhin, Recchi)
11:12 BUF MacArthur (5), (Paille, Spacek)
19:34 TB Malone (2), (Stamkos)
13:10 TB Ranger (1), (Gratton, Lecavalier)
15:00 TB Stamkos (2), (Hall)
19:40 BUF Vanek (9), (Sekera, Spacek)(PP)
Steven Stamkos, who got his first NHL point in the Lightning's last game, exploded for 2 goals and an assist and first star honors. I've taken some flack for this on the Bolt Prospects message boards, but I honestly believe this young man has the best shot of any 18 year old I've seen come into the league since Kovalchuk. You get the feeling the floodgates may have finally opened in this game for young #91.
Stamkos played 13:47 and was +2 with 4 shots on goal and 2 hits. He was also 25% on draws in the contest.
Augusta Lynx Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations John Marks announced today that the Lynx have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mike Brodeur. Brodeur, a 2003 7th round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, played 13 AHL games for Norfolk and Rockford between the 2004-05 and 2007-08 seasons. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound netminder is a veteran of 88 career ECHL games with a record of 46-34-8 and a 0.922 save percentage and 2.65 GAA. Marks has coached Brodeur twice before at Pensacola and Greenville. "Mike's a reliable goaltender who has the talent to play in the NHL," Marks said. "I'm very excited to be working with him again."
Veteran Lynx netminder Joel Martin was released from his contract today after struggling in 3 starts with a 4.08 GAA and a 0.867 save percentage. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius is among the rookie goaltending leaders in the ECHL with a record of 2-0-1 and a 0.924 save percentage and 2.53 GAA in 3 starts.
Lighting training camp invitee Sean O'Connor was also released from his contract today by the Lynx.
Another big production night from Tyrell ... Fadden slow to start the year ... Courtnall and Victoria struggling
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Djurgardens' 3-2 loss to Timra.
Johan Harju had 6 penalty minutes in Lulea's 4-2 win over Brynas.
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 1-0 win over Farjestads.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in Djurgardens' 5-3 loss to Sodertalje.
I hate Philadelphia.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the overtime loss.
PHI Giroux, (2) (Downie, Syvret), 13:27 (PP)
PHI Bellamy, (2) (Downie, Curry), 8:37
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Zingoni, Konopka), 15:57 (SH)
PHI Kalinski, (1) (Downie, Giroux), 17:10 (PP)
NOR Smith, (2) (Heward, Hutchinson), 4:18 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Segal, Smolenak), 6:18
PHI Matsumoto, (4) (Kalinski, Bellamy), 15:37
NOR Simek, (2) (Jones, Hutchinson), 18:27 (PP)
PHI Ross, (1) (Downie, Syvret), 4:44
Paul Szczechura was named the game's second star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Kootenay Ice 0 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 4
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Win, 29 saves, Shutout, *First Star*
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0-1, 1.62 GAA, .947 sv%, 1 shutout
Jung made a stellar home debut for Edmonton, stopping 29 shots to shutout the second place (Central Division) Kootenay Ice 4-0. It was the Iceâ€™s first regulation loss in nine games. Making his third straight start for the second-year Oil Kings, Jung made 25 saves over the final two periods to lift Edmonton (7-9-1-1) out of the Central cellar. The shutout was Jungâ€™s second of his career and the first from an Edmonton netminder this season.
â€œObviously itâ€™s nice anytime you get a shut out , itâ€™s a pretty good feeling.â€ Jung was quoted as saying on the Oil Kingsâ€™ web site. â€œItâ€™s early on in the season and Iâ€™m sure weâ€™re going to have a lot of good battle games coming up so itâ€™s nice to enjoy it for tonight but itâ€™s right back to business for the road trip.â€
â€œHeâ€™s played 3 real good games in a row.â€ said Oil Kings Head Coach Steven Pleau when talking about his 19 year old netminder. â€œHeâ€™s got experience in this league and heâ€™s stabilized our team right now. A few years ago when I was in Spokane, and he was in Kelowna, he played 19 games in a row, I think he was CHL Goalie Of The Month, so heâ€™s played. Weâ€™ll see over the long haul where he settles in with us but itâ€™s nice to have his experience right now."
Of Interest: Audio interview with Jung. (Jung talks about his experience in a new city as well as his days with the Lightning prospects in camp and Traverse City.)
Mike Smith, who has been outstanding so far this season, stopped 36 of 38 shots in the win.
04:08 TB Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Steven Stamkos)(PP)
13:15 TOR Mike Van Ryn, (Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman)(PP)
The Lightning still got outshot 12-5 in the final frame as they continue to learn how to play with a lead late in games. However, after a punishing practice prompted by the debacle against San Jose, this was a win the Lightning had to have for team morale in the early season.
Congratulations to Steven Stamkos. He had 1 assist, 2 shots, and was 67% on draws in 12:58.
Moncton Wildcats 5 @ St. John Sea Dogs 1
D Mark Barberio, MON: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-10-14, +9, 8 PIM
Moncton tied a 32 year-old league record for consecutive road wins to start a season with eight.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Quebec Remparts 7
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-6-7, -2, 20 PIM
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM
Augusta came back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring three straight goals and Riku Helenius stopped 29 of 31 shots to seal the victory 3-2 over the Reading Royals. The Lynx improved to a record of 3-2-1 atop the American South Division. Kevin Quick was pointless, and finished -1 with 3 shots. Justin Keller, who scored 3 goals in his first two games with Augusta, was not in the lineup against the Royals, raising suspicions that he might have already been recalled back to Norfolk.
Augusta next plays on Oct 31 in Charlotte, NC against the Checkers.
Tough road trip.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
GR Abdelkader, (4) (Haydar, Leino), 0:50
GR Haydar, (3) (Helm, Ericsson), 3:14 (PP)
NOR Zingoni, (1) (Jones, Hutchinson), 10:57
GR Abdelkader, (5) (Haydar, Leino), 16:39 (PP)
NOR Simek, (1) , 0:45
NOR Segal, (4) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 2:02 (PP)
GR Oulahen, (2) (Leino), 18:15
GR Pare, (2) , 15:54
GR Abdelkader, (6) (Emmerton, Stafford), 19:47 (EN)
Box score from TheAHL.com.