KHL Game Day: 10/29/10

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .903 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup to Rostislav Stana as Cherepovets fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk in overtime. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had Cherepovets' only goal.

Kazan 3 @ Omsk 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless and had a minor penalty for slashing in 10:49 of ice time in Kazan's 3-2 win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a helper in the game for Kazan. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for Omsk for the overtime loss.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/28/10

OHL

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 36 PIM

The Soo is 5-7-2-0 on the year, good enough for third (tie) in the West Division, three points behind Windsor and 11 behind first place Saginaw.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: OT loss, 26 saves on 29 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 6-2-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .884 sv%, 1 SO

Zador (pictured) played well enough to earn a Third Star award on the road, but allowed a third period goal to the Petes and the overtime winner to 2011 draft hopeful Matt Puempel.

European Game Day: 10/28/10

Elitserien
Lulea 3 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

Riku Helenius again sat backup as Sodertalje fell 3-2 to Lulea. Ex-NHLer Janne Niinimaa had an assist in the match for Lulea.

KHL
There are no game results today, but there is a quick transaction. Denis Kazionov has been released by Novokuznetsk.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/27/10

QMJHL

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 10 PIM

Janosik’s second goal of the year turned out to be the insurance goal as Gatineau cruised to a 6-2 win over Halifax despite only outshooting them 23-20.

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 11-9-20, +4, 21 PIM

Belleville climbed out of last place with a big home win over East Division-leading Ottawa. The Bulls won only their third game of the year. Panik is sixth in the league in points, but just four points behind the leader, Owen Sound’s Garrett Wilson (Panthers, 4th, 2009).

WHL

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 14-8-22, +2, 6 PIM

Connolly ran his point streak to 14 games and still sits in fourth in the league scoring race with 22 points in 14 games. Vancouver’s Craig Cunningham (Bruins, 4th/2010)leads with 34 points in 16 games.

ECHL Game Night: 10/27/10

Kalamazoo Wings 2 @ Florida Everblades 3
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play.
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, -1, 4 PIM

LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, +1, 4 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 5.58 GAA, .800 sv%, 0 SO

Florida scored three times in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-2 win over previously unbeaten Kalamazoo. Hutchings’ first professional goal was the game winner, scored at 13:20 of the third period. Mitch Fadden wasn’t in the lineup, and may have been recalled to Norfolk after Blair Jones was called up from the Admirals to the Lightning. Hutchings had 47 goals and 34 assists for 81 points in 68 games last year for Barrie of the OHL. Former Lightning second rounder Mike Egener was scoreless in the game. He is serving as captain of the Everblades.

Everblades Game Story

NHL Game Night: 10/27/10 Penguins at Lightning

When the Lightning need a good luck charm, they put St. Pete Times Forum VP of Operations Mary Milne on the TV, and game winning goals ensue.

PIT-3
TB-5

Dan Ellis stopped all 24 shots he faced after replacing Mike Smith to get the win. He was excellent controlling his rebounds, which is a new. Smitty, bless his heart, allowed 3 goals on 7 shots. He looked so good in his last start. It was surprising to see him fall off so quickly. The NHL should be scared to death of a time that will eventually come when the Lightning get some consistent goaltending.

First Period
02:51 TB Tyrell (1), Thompson (2), Kubina (3)
03:28 PIT Adams (1), Cooke (4), Orpik (1)(SH)
04:29 PIT Cooke (2), Letang (7), Adams (2)(SH)
12:15 PIT Dupuis (2), Adams (3), Crosby (6)
16:40 TB Purcell (1), Kubina (4), Ritola (1)

Second Period
08:43 TB Lecavalier (3), St Louis (7), Stamkos (8)(PP)

Third Period
06:40 TB St Louis (4), Downie (5), Stamkos (9)
19:29 TB St Louis (5), Stamkos (10)(EN)

Martin St. Louis, Dan Ellis, and Nate Thompson were the game's three stars. A lot of teams would've packed it in after giving up three unanswered goals to the Pens in the first period. Credit to Teddy Purcell for getting the Lightning back to within one. They were like a pack of hungry, wild dogs after that, seriously outchancing Pittsburgh in the final two frames.

Mattias Ritola had his first point with the Lightning, an assist, in 8:18. My initial impressions of Ritola! is that he wins the D. Affy award for being an NHLer from the opposing blueline in.

Dana Tyrell had his first NHL goal, two shots, and one blocked shot in 15:18. Here's what I liked about Dana tonight: it's human nature to relax a little after you've had some success. Dana seemed to work even harder after he got that goal, if that's possible.

Michael Vernace was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 3:23. In case your wondering, my back-of-the-envelope estimate is that Vernace made $1,567.71 for every minute he was on the ice tonight. Nice work if you can get it.

As I've been saying on the BoltProspects Message Board, my hope for the team was to get 14 points out of their first 10 games. That was an aggressive number for a team with a lot of new players and a new system, but it's the kind of start they really needed to get out of the chute well on a playoff push. They have 13 points through their first 9 games heading into Phoenix on Saturday. That's not a gimme, but they're definitely off to the kind of start they needed.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 10/27/10

Yulaev 1 @ Cherepovets 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .903 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup after a disasterous game two days ago as Rostislav Stana backstopped Cherepovets to a 4-1 win over Yulaev. Ex-Kings draft pick Andrei Shefer had one goal and one assist in the victory. Shefer, a defenseman, played just one season in North America for Halifax of the QMJHL in 1999-2000, and posted 34 goals and 76 points in 72 games; a stat line typically reserved for a forward.

Kazan 2 @ Astana 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 12:55 and took a minor for hooking as Kazan was pasted by Astana 5-2. Ex-Sharks pick Lukas Kaspar had a hat trick in the victory for Astana.

Dynamo Riga 0 @ Chekhov 2
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-5-12, -1, 22 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless in 16:59 as Riga was shutout by Chekhov 2-0. Ex-Flames draft pick Kevin Lalande stopped 26 shots in Chekhov's victory. Former Flyer and Coyote Josh Gratton scored the game's winning goal.

Jones Could Make Lightning Season Debut Tonight

Yesterday the Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Blair Jones from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Jones, 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, has gotten off to a hot start with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 10 points with a plus-3 rating in seven games. He is tied for the team lead for goals, is second for points and tied for third in assists. Jones played in 63 games with the Admirals last season, notching nine goals 30 points. He also represented Norfolk in the AHL All-Star Game and won the Reebok Hardest Shot Competition (100.7 mph).

A native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Jones has played in 38 career NHL games, all with the Lightning. He has registered one goal and three points with 12 penalty minutes during his career. Last season Jones played in 14 games with the Lightning, recording 10 penalty minutes and averaging a career-best 12:50 in average ice time.

Jones was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round, 102nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/26/10

BCHL

Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Penticton Vees 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-8-16, Even, 8 PIM

A huge night for O’Donnell, who was named the game’s First Star. Victoria had a 2-0 lead in this game before O’Donnell scored his first. His second goal was the eventual game winner.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Regina Pats 5
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 17 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-5-11, -4, 25 PIM

Regina won their third in a row with an upset win over first-place Saskatoon. Ashton, who scored on the power play, now has 5 points in his last 2 games and 6 in his last 3. He was given credit for a goal in his last game after the play was reviewed late. Perhaps his season is indeed starting to take off.

European Game Day: 10/26/10

Elitserien
Sodertalje 7 @ Brynas 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

Pontus Sjogren made 10 saves as Sodertalje dismantled Brynas 7-2 today. Ex-Oilers draft pick Jonas Almtorp had a shorthanded goal and an assist in the win. Sodertalje improved to 5-7-2 on the season and sits in seventh place on the twelve team Elitserien table.

KHL
Novokuznetsk 1 @ Novgorod 2 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Novokuznetsk, DNP
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 29 PIM

Ex-Norfolk Admiral and Blackhawks prospect Matt Ellison scored the overtime winner in Novgorod's 2-1 win over Novokuznetsk.

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