U.S. prep stats as of January 23, 2008:
C/W Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 20 GP, 17-11-28
Nobles is 11-7-2 on the year. Marshall, a University of Vermont commit, is second on the team in scoring.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 16 GP, 24-19-43
Deerfield is 10-5-1 for the season. Killorn, a Harvard commit, is tied for the national scoring lead among prep players in the U.S. with Boston College recruit Cam Atkinson.
Note: For more updates on Harvardâ€™s program, see Crimson Hockey.
CHL Top Prospects Game
Team White 8 Team Red 4
Possible Lightning target Zach Boychuck had a goal and two assists â€“ one of which came on a gorgeous play where he turned a defenseman inside-out on a rush and cut to the net for a shot which was eventually knocked in by a teammate. Likely top pick Steven Stamkos had a Gordie Howe hattrick (1+1). Game recap.
Lighting prospect results from Wednesday:
Break up the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 2 goals on 27 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win.
NOR Lessard, (12) (Smolenak), 1:22
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Keller, Schneider), 8:19 (PP)
HER Boumedienne, (2) (Beagle, Lepisto), 10:50
HER Fehr, (1) (Boumedienne, Lepisto), 9:05 (PP)
Ordinarily, a shootout win wouldn't be such a big deal, but considering Hershey has tortured Norfolk most of this season in a way reminiscent of how Providence used to torment Springfield, a win is sweet indeed.
AHL all-star Justin Keller was named first star with an assist and the sealing goal in the shootout. Marc Denis received third star of the game honors.
Don't look now, but Radek Smolenak has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 3 games.
The Admirals outshot Hershey 39-27 in the game. Now if they can just get Blair Jones back on track.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Our Sports Central is reporting the Lightning prospect Justin Keller will represent the Norfolk Admirals at the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. The honor falls to Keller after Kyle Wanvig is unable to play due his current recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Keller, Tampa's 8th round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a second year pro and has scored 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 games since November 21.
Don't look now, but the Lightning have a little something going here.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the win.
Tampa Bay 0:38, Brad Richards 14 (Martin St. Louis, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 4:29, Craig MacDonald 1 (Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 9:17, Martin St. Louis 19 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Lukowich)
Edmonton 10:08, Andrew Cogliano 9 (power play) (Sam Gagner, Joni Pitkanen)
Tampa Bay 5:51, Vincent Lecavalier 30 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Edmonton 12:55, Steve Staios 5 (Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner)
Edmonton 18:41, Ales Hemsky 13 (Dustin Penner, Shawn Horcoff)
The bad news is, the Lightning are still 4 games under .500. The good news is they're just 7 points back of division leading Carolina with 3 games in hand and Dan Boyle likely to come back into the lineup at any time. Between that and the fact no one else in the Southeast Division seems to have their stuff together and the Lightning suddenly look like a team with a prayer of making the playoffs.
It's a challenge, but it's do-able.
CHL, BCHL, and USHL stats for Lightning prospects as of January 21, 2008.
Key (Skaters): Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes.
Key (Goalies): Wins-Losses-Overtime Losses-Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts.
Ryan Munce gave up 3 goals against the Everblades Sunday night for the second time in a row, but his offense couldn't bail him out this time. Florida outshot the weary Sea Wolves 46-29 enroute to a 3-1 victory, with Munce stopping 43 of those shots to lose for the first time in 8 games. Munce had beaten the Blades Friday night 4-3 on the first of a three-in-three series with Florida, Texas, and Florida.
Munce also received news Sunday night that he had been snubbed for the ECHL All-Star game scheduled for Wednesday night, January 23 in Stockton, CA. Bloody filthy robbery.
Anton But assisted on St. Peterburg's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Chelyabinsk.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 4-3 win over Dynamo.
Albert Vishnyakov was scorless as Novokuznetsk was shut out by Spartak 5-0.