Final Traverse City Statistics

Bolt Prospects has been the only site archiving the Lightning's Traverse City statistics since the team began participating in the tournament. This post is to archive this year's statistics, which come courtesy of Pointstreak, and to link to past years statistics for comparison purposes.

Feaster's Thoughts on Traverse City

Crisdotero also blogged some quotes from Lightning GM Jay Feaster today regarding the play of the team's prospects at the Traverse City tournament.

Feaster expresses disappointment at the play of goaltender Riku Helenius, citing the year he lost last season to a shoulder injury as the reason and calls Andy Rogers' tournament a mixed bag.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Feaster raves about the play of forward Radek Smolenak and admits several organizations expressed praise for Smolenak's play and lauds defenseman Mike Lundin's strong play in the tournament.

Bolt Prospects will have more on the Lightning organization's reaction to the Traverse City tournament later this week.

Injured Mihalik to Miss Lightning Camp

Damian Crisdotero reports on his blog that prospect defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been pulled from the Lightning camp roster due to a pulled groin muscle. He will be replaced on the roster by overage prospect David Schneider.

Erik Erlendsson also indicates on his blog that part of the Lightning's decision to remove Mihalik from Tampa camp was due to Mihalik having no realistic chance of making the team at this point in his career. Ouch.

(SC Times) Swiss Forward Joins Huskies

Luca Cunti is the subject of a feature by Kevin Allenspach in today's St. Cloud Times.

Luca Cunti is just happy to be here.

Wearing a St. Cloud State hockey T-shirt, on Tuesday he began his assimilation with the rest of the Huskies’ freshmen.

A forward from Switzerland, Cunti attended his first class earlier in the day, then was one of the first to arrive for an afternoon workout at the National Hockey Center.

While eight other incoming recruits started school last week, Cunti is a late addition. He committed in July and it wasn’t until little more than a week ago that he made the decision and processed the necessary paperwork in an effort to begin college this year instead of in 2008.

He’s still waiting for clearance by the NCAA, but expects to be able to play when the team opens the season next month.

To read the rest of this story, see the St. Cloud Times.

Lightning Prospects Drop 7th Place Game in Shootout

The Lightning prospects finished dead last in the Traverse City prospects tournament today, losing the 7th place game to the Dallas Stars' prospects 6-5 in a shootout.

Goaltender Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on just 20 shots before surrendering 2 on 7 attempts in the shootout session. Helenius dropped to 0-2-1 for the tournament.

Mike Lundin paced the Lightning with a pair of goals including a dramatic talley with 2 seconds left in the game and the goaltender pulled to force overtime. Mitch Fadden and Stanislav Lascek each had 1 goal and 1 assist while tryout invitee Jason Reese chipped in 2 assists. Dusty Collins had the other Lightning goal. Ian Duval, Radek Smolenak, and Vladimir Mihalik added individual helpers.

The boxscore and tournament statistics are available at

Smolenak finishes the tournament as the Lightning's leader in scoring with 7 points in 4 games while Fadden, Lundin, and Mihalik all finish tied for second with 4 points each.

Lightning Drop to 0-3 at Traverse City

The Lightning prospects allowed 3 unanswered third period goals tonight to fall to the Atlanta Thrashers' prospects 6-4. The Lightning now finish the round robin phase of the tournament 0-3 and will play in the 7th place game.

Forward Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists in the game to continue his track record of success at Traverse City. Center Mitch Fadden struck for 1 goal and 1 assist in the game for his first points of the tournament. Tryout forward Daine Todd and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik had the Lightning's other goals. Dane Crowley, Mike Lundin, and Chris Lawrence added individual helpers.

Netminder Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots before being pulled late in the game for the extra attacker.

The box score is available from Pointstreak as are the Lightning prospects' current tournament statistics.

Smolenak is now tied for 2nd among all scorers in the tournament. The Lightning and Stars prospects will face off tomorrow at 2 pm in the 7th place game.

Monday's Superleague Scores

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Chekhov.

Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 1-2-0 in a 2-1 overtime loss to Magnitogorsk. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.

Canada Ends Super Series Unbeaten

Canada put the final touches on a masterpiece tonight beating the Russian U20 team 6-1 in the final game of the Canada/Russia Super Series. With the victory, the Canadians finish the series with an unbeaten 7-0-1 record. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was scoreless in the game. He finishes the series with 1 goal.

The entire tournament is archived online for viewing at

Sunday's Superleague Scores

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Novosibirsk's 2-1 overtime loss to Tver. Through 3 games, the younger Kazionov has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating.

Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 5-2 whipping of Togliatti. Through 3 games, But has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and a +1 rating.

Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless as Spartak was shutout 2-0 by CSKA. Vishnyakov has 1 goal, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games.

Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist, his first point of the season, in Omsk's 3-1 loss to Novgorod. R2 has 1 assist, 6 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov is scoreless with a -1 rating through Avangard's first 3 games.

Tomorrow Alexei Glukhov and Cherepovets face Chekhov while Vasily Koshechkin, Dimitri Kazionov, and Kazan square off with Magnitogorsk in a rematch of last season's Superleague finals.

Cunti Update

Earlier this week, Bolt Prospects was informed by the Lightning that 2007 third round pick Luca Cunti had been admitted to St. Cloud State University of the WCHA and he was set to arrive there Saturday. This is still confirmed.

However, the latest reports out of SCSU state that while he has been admitted, the coaching staff hasn't received the final okay from the NCAA that Cunti's eligible to play.

Considering Cunti is making the trek from Switzerland to join the Huskies, and his desire to play in North America this year is a priority (according to reports during the draft), it would seem that Cunti and his adviser, as well as the Lightning, have a pretty good idea final clearance may just be a formality.

Stay tuned. It appears this soap opera isn't over.

The Huskies are scheduled to begin their season at home October 12 against Canisius.

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