Helenius To Miss 4 Months?

Ilves Hockey is reporting that Lightning 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius will have surgery on his dislocated shoulder and miss four months. As of yesterday afternoon, the Lightning could not confirm how long either Helenius or Vladimir Mihalik (separated shoulder) would be out.

CHL Game Night: 10/11

[url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] stopped 25 of 26 shots faced to guide Sudbury to a 2-1 victory over Sault Ste. Marie. With the win, Beech's record improves to 4-5-0 with 1 shutout and his save percentage improves to .902 on the season. The 2005 6th round pick faces an uphill battle to get signed next summer with the Lightning boasting as many as five quality goaltending prospects ([url=karri-ramo]Ramo[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Helenius[/url], [url=vasily-koshechkin]Koshechkin[/url], [url=jonathan-boutin]Boutin[/url] and [url=gerald-coleman]Coleman[/url]) ahead of him on the organizational depth chart.

Mihalik Out With Separated Shoulder

According to the [i]Prince George Citizen[/i] (no link available), 2005 Lightning first round pick [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] separated his shoulder and will miss at least a few games. Mihalik was a victim of a check-from-behind in a 6-0 Cougar loss to Vancouver on October 6. No penalty was called on the play. He was supposedly seen wearing a sling before their game last night against Swift Current. Cougars Head Coach Mike Vandekamp is concerned about Mihalik "getting rusty by the day," as well as some of his other injured impact players. The Cougars are off to a slow start at 2-4-0-1. [b]CHL Game Night: 10/10[/b] [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Swift Current shutout Prince George 4-0 on Tuesday night. Crowley did not register a point and was even in the game. Mihalik did not play. Also, David Desharnais, who spurned the Johnstown Chiefs and returned to the QMJHL, is now wearing the captain's C for Chicoutimi. Desharnais had an assist last night in a 6-2 Sags loss to Quebec. In three games this season, he's 1-2-3 with a -3 rating. He was 33-85-118 in 63 games last season.

NHL Game Night: 10/9

Three games. Four goals. Not good. ATL-1 TB-0 Marc Denis got nothing for his 18 save on 19 shot effort tonight, and what is deeply concerning is not only are "the big three" not scoring but, with the exception of Martin St. Louis, they're not even getting chances. Hopefully the sieve-like Florida Panthers, which 55 minutes in has already allowed 44 shots to Toronto tonight, will be the balm the ailing Lightning offense needs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS020037.HTM]NHL.com[/url].

CHL Game Night: 10/9

[url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url] scored his third goal of the season and was +1 in Owen Sound's 4-2 victory over Erie. [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had a power play assist but was -3 with 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current lost to Kamloops 5-2.

Monday's Superleague Scores

[url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] improved his record to 6-2-2 this season defeating Chelyabinsk 3-1. Koshechkin is now 5th in the Superleague in GAA allowing just 1.92 goals per game thus far this season. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over Khimik. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play for Khimik. Anton But was scoreless as SKA crushed Omsk 5-2. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 1-1 tie with Novokuznetsk.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 10/2-10/8

Bolt Prospects is starting a new feature today which was suggested to us by part time staff member Erik Murillo. Every Monday throughout the season Bolt Prospects will be naming its Prospect of the Week to the prospect or overage prospect whose performance rises above the rest of the organization's young players. This week's prospect of the week is:

Johnstown Adds Three to Camp Roster

[url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=8806]ECHL.com is reporting[/url] the Johnstown Chiefs have made three additions to their roster. The team has signed defenseman Bryan Nathe, whose rights they acquired from Dayton earlier this month. The club has also signed forward Gary Klapowski and defenseman Ian MacLean to PTO contracts. Klapowski is a local product from Pittsburgh, PA who was out of hockey last year after spending parts of three seasons in the OHL with Kitchener, Plymouth and Saginaw. Standing at 5'9" 190 lbs, the right wing's best junior season came in 2004-2005 when he had 1 goal and 6 points in 30 games with Saginaw. MacLean is a product of SUNY Brockport's Division III college program where he had 2 goals and 8 points in 20 games last year as a sophomore. Prior to college, MacLean played for North York of the OPJHL in 2003-2004 where he had 5 goals and 33 points in 44 games with 54 PIMs.

CHL Game Day: 10/8

[url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] stopped 28 of 30 shots faced but still took the loss 2-1 to Saginaw. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] was -1 with 2 PIMs as Mississauga fell to Plymouth 4-2. [b]Lightning CHL Prospect Statistics Through 10/8[/b] RW/C [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], Mississauga (OHL), 6 GP, 6-5-11, +2, 12 PIM LW [url=marek-bartanus]Marek Bartanus[/url], Owen Sound (OHL), 7 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 6 PIM D [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url], Swift Current (WHL), 7 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 22 PIM D [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url], Prince George (WHL), 4 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM G [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url], Sudbury (OHL), 3-5-0, 1 SO, 3.46 GAA, .896 sv% [i]Note: Chris Lawrence is currently tied for 11th in the OHL in scoring. He's also tied for 7th in goals. [/i]

Sunday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov scored a goal today in Kazan's 4-1 win over Dynamo. Dimitri leads all Lightning Russian prospects with 5 goals and 10 points in 14 games. He also has a +5 rating and 8 PIMs. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Dynamo. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless in Tver's 3-2 win over Nizhnekamsk.
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