Stanislav Lascek's Chicoutimi Sagueneens have been named the #1 ranked team in the CHL according to the Bank of Montreal sponsored CHL Top Ten which is selected by a panel of NHL scouts. Chicoutimi is led by QMJHL leading scorer and Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek who has 22 goals and 72 points in 32 games. Beyond Lascek, the Sags have an impressive array of offensive weapons that include Buffalo first round pick Marek Zagrapan, highly skilled but diminutive David Desharnais and Lightning Traverse City camp invitee Maxime Boisclair. With such a powerful lineup, Chicoutimi is a bona fide Memorial Cup contender this season.
Back from their brief vacation, the Lightning squeak out a win.
Fedotenko, Prospal and Modin had multi-point nights. Both Ranger and Artyukhin added assists. Ranger also had 15:28 of ice time and was an outstanding +3 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin had 9:14 of ice time, two shots, one brutal hit, and was part of the key forechecking shift that tied the game on Tim Taylor's third period goal. The Lightning, still only playing to 85% of their capability, are now 9-1-1 over their last 11 games.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Fredrik Emwall scored an extra attacker goal with 1:57 left today to lift Linkopings to a 2-2 tie with Leksands. Fredrik Norrena stopped 24 of 26 shots faced in the contest. The Finnish born netminder's record moves to 14-5-3 on the year.
Anton But has been included on the initial roster for Russia in the Rosno Cup to be held in Moscow just before Christmas. Unfortunately, netminder Vasily Koshechkin was not named to the team despite sparkling play in the Superleague to this point of the season.
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Stan Lascek scored two goals and added an assist tonight as Chicoutimi downed Baie-Comeau 8-5. Lascek, who maintained his five point lead for the QMJHL scoring race over teammate Maxime Boisclair, was named the game's first star. Both of his goals came on the power play.
Also in the Q, another Lightning prospect extended his league-lead in a statistical category as Mark Tobin was minus-two for Rimouski in a 10-2 loss to Victoriaville. Tobin is now minus-28 on the year, which leads the league. He also had an assist in the game.
In the WHL, Justin Keller had two goals as Kelowna beat Tri-City 7-3.
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2 shutouts in his last 3 starts for Gerald Coleman.
Coleman stopped 33 of 33 shots for the victory and was named first star of the game. Second star went to Anders Eriksson, who scored his first goal as a Falcon. Ryan Craig was the game's third star notching a third period insurance goal. Marek Kvapil returned to the lineup and had an assist, while checking liners Andre Deveaux and Nick Tarnasky continued their strong play of late with helpers of their own.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Vasily Koshechkin and Lada Togliatti tied Ak Bars Kazan today 2-2. The tie moves Koshechkin's record to 12-4-2 on the season. Koshechkin's strong play of late has led to some speculation he may be asked to play for Team Russia in one of the year's remaining Euro Tour events.
Karri Ramo and HPK were defeated today by Tuukka Rask and Ilves Tamperre 4-1. Rask will be Ramo's tandem partner in the uncoming U-20 World Junior Championships for Finland, and the loss may be a blow to Ramo's aspirations to grab the team's starting job. Ramo slips to 4-3-3 on the season stopping 21 of 24 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker late. Rask stopped 24 of 25 for the win.