Veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson has been released from his professional tryout contract by the Springfield Falcons. The offensive minded blueliner has decided to pursue other opportunities to play professionally in Russia. The departure will likely free up playing time for veteran Brad Tiley.
Team Russia defeated the Czech Republic today 3-1 to win the Rosno Cup on home soil. Anton But capped a decisive three goal for first period for Russia with his second goal of the tournament to contribute to the win.
Team Finland finished second in the tournament with a 1-1-1 record as Fredrik Norrena stymied rival Sweden 2-1 on the strength of 28 saves.
Fredrik Norrena, 1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .949 sv%
Although he made Team Slovakia's 30 man roster don't expect to see Marek Bartanus suit up for the team at the U-20 World Junior Championships. TSN.ca has released Slovakia's 25 man roster and Bartanus isn't on it. The struggling Owen Sound forward will likely sit the tournament out as an alternate meaning the Lightning will have four active participants in this year's tournament: Karri Ramo (Finland), Radek Smol
The Lightning are still a long way from regaining their championship form.
The Lightning allowed three unanswered goals in the third period to seal the loss. The outcome overshadows the first game and first goal of rookie Ryan Craig's career, a deflection off a Cory Sarich point shot. Craig had three shots in 9:52 of ice time although he was on the ice for Martin Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk's third period markers to finish -1 for the night (although the first goal was a Grahame softie and the second a poor rebound kicked out by Grahame). Fellow premiering rookie Darren Reid finished -2 on the night in 9:12 of playing time although he did energize the Lightning by leading the squad with 5 hits on the night.
The experienced gray hair of the Lightning's four rookies, Paul Ranger, quietly put together 17:07 of even hockey. Evgeny Artyukhin, who got some scoring line shifts with Ruslan Fedotenko out of the lineup with an injury, was -1 with 3 hits in a relatively sizable 15:50 of ice time.
Post mortem from NHL.com.
Team Finland was outshot a remarkable 41 to 17 today by home team Russia as they went down to defeat 2-0. Lightning prospect netminder Fredrik Norrena did not play in the defeat.
In the early game, former Atlanta Thrasher Andreas Karlsson scored an overtime game winning goal as Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 1-0.
Word on the street was accurate, and the Springfield Falcons have announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled C/LW Ryan Craig and RW Darren Reid from Springfield of the AHL.
Craig, who will turn 24 on January 6th, came to the Lightning as an eighth round selection in the 2002 Entry Draft from Brandon of the WHL. Last season he led the Springfield Falcons in scoring with 27 goals and 41 points in 80 games. This year, Craig ranks 4th in scoring with 12 goals and 22 points in 28 games with the Falcons. Although an accomplished faceoff man in junior, Craig has primarily played wing this season. His size and strength on the puck have made him a formidable opponent along the wall on the forecheck in his AHL career and he possesses a sharp, accurate snap shot and a quick release. His only limitation is his skating, which was adversely impacted by a knee injury he sustained early in his junior career.
The 22 year old Reid was also a selection from the 8th round of the 2002 Entry Draft out of Medicine Hat of the WHL. Now in his sophomore season as a professional, Reid has 4 goals and 10 points in 21 games thus far this season for the Falcons. Possessing of a strong work ethic and decent skating ability, Reid is an excellent penalty killer and a tenacious forechecker.
Both players will be available for tonight's tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at home in the St. Pete Times Forum.
Good rebound game by Cey despite the shootout loss.
After two lousy starts Morgan Cey stopped 29 of 31 tonight in regulation and overtime before falling in the shootout. Tyler Kindle scored a key late goal with 15 seconds left in the game to earn the Chiefs the point. JB Bittner and Justin Kelly assisted on Kindle's goal.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Last goal wins in a wild third period.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 33 in the loss. Norm Milley was named second star of the game with two assists. Marek Kvapil scored his 5th goal of the season and is now at an even half a point a game for the season. Ryan Craig and Darren Reid were not in the lineup tonight and word on the street is that they have been recalled by Tampa. Bolt Prospects will update once there is an official announcement.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
A significant goal of Andy Rogers' season will not be reached as according to TSN in Canada, Rogers was among the 12 final cuts for Canada's World Junior Championship squad. Tampa General Manager Jay Feaster, upon sending Rogers back to junior after training camp this fall, made it a goal for Rogers to make the squad. Rogers will now return to his Prince George team.