Peterborough 3 @ Mississauga 9
Chris Lawrence had a hat trick to keep pace with Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier for the organizational lead in goal scoring. Lawrence scored his 45th, 46th, and 47th goals for the IceDogs, while adding 2 assists for a 5 point night. Lecavalier scored his 47th and 48th in a loss to Buffalo tonight. Lawrence was also plus-5 as the top line of Jadran Beljo (2+4), Michael Swift (2+4), and Lawrence (3+2) combined for 17 points and a plus-15 rating. The line also swept the three stars, with the center, Swift (undrafted), getting first, Lawrence second and Beljo (undrafted) third.
Erie 3 @ London 9
Kevin Beech may have played his last junior game tonight. Unfortunately, it's one he'll likely want to forget. Beech, an overager, started for the Otters and allowed 7 goals on 39 shots through two periods before being pulled. Erie plays their last game of a forgettable season tomorrow night at home to the OHL leading Knights. If you thought Lawrence and his linemates had a good night, likely 2007 top-2 pick Patrick Kane had 4 goals and 3 assists for London in the game.
Owen Sound 2 @ Kitchener 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even in the Attack's 4-2 loss in Kitchener.
Prince George 0 @ Vancouver 2
This was a meaningless game for the Cougars, but they could have at least given an effort. Prince George only put up 14 shots in the shutout loss. Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and had 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, hooking).
Everett 1 @ Tri-City 3
Another meaningless game for Everett, who has clinched home ice throughout the playoffs. This is the Silvertips third loss in a row, but they remain resting their stars for the postseason. Dane Crowley was back from his one-game vacation and was scoreless, even, and had 2 PIM (delay of game).
All of a sudden these 1 goal games aren't going the Lightning's way.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 20 shots in the loss. Vincent Lecavalier had both Lightning goals while Vaclav Prospal had a pair of assists in the game. Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle added individual assists. The Lightning outshot the conference leading Sabres 37-20 in the game but were unable to break Ryan Miller when it mattered most.
The Lightning's loss couples with Atlanta's overtime win against the Rangers drops Tampa Bay to 4 points back in the Southeast Division with 1 game in hand.
Tampa Bay 2:11, Vincent Lecavalier 47 (Martin St. Louis, Vaclav Prospal)
Buffalo 7:29, Jason Pominville 30 (Nathan Paetsch, Daniel Briere)
Buffalo 8:05, Derek Roy 14 (Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford)
Buffalo 10:24, Jason Pominville 31 (Daniel Briere, Jochen Hecht)
Tampa Bay 4:38, Vincent Lecavalier 48 (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Credit to Bolt Prospects member Mark for bringing this up in comments...
Fran Sypek writes on the Springfield Republican blog that the Springfield Falcons have called a Monday press conference to announce the team is dissolving their affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization to form a new one with the Edmonton Oilers. Sypek speculates the press conference means the Lightning have finalized a deal with the Norfolk Admirals to be the Lightning's affiliate next season, given that a precondition of the out clause of the recent deal signed between the Lightning and Falcons was that the Lightning needed to have a deal in place with another franchise to nullify the contract.
Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius has been cleared to play after recovering from shoulder surgery. Helenius, who was named the Lightning's top-ranked prospect and the 41st overall ranked prospect in The Hockey News' Future Watch, will participate in an under-19 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia starting April 10.
Helenius' junior team has completed its season, recently being knocked out of the playoffs, and the goaltender will not join the Ilves Elite team as they're currently in a playoff run.
Maine defensman Mike Lundin won the Hockey East's Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award yesterday. In 37 games played this season, the senior had only one minor penalty.
Lundin was also named to the HEast second-team. He finished the season with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Five of his six goals came on the power play.
Mississauga 3 @ Barrie 4 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence was scoreless and minus-1 in the IceDogs 4-3 shootout loss in Barrie. Lawrence was not one of Mississauga's 3 shooters in the shootout.
Erie 3 @ Sarnia
Kevin Beech did not dress tonight for Erie in their loss to Sarnia. Beech had started the Otters' last game.
#9 Cherepovets will stretch #8 Khimik to the limit after forcing a decisive Game Five with a 6-2 win today. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the game and is -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 4 games thus far. Game Five will take place Saturday.
According to the Springfield Falcons website, Center Dusty Collins has been signed to a standard Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Falcons. Collins just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan. In his four years at Northern he scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 137 games. He also registered 135 PIM.
Prince George 3 @ Everett 1
In what was basically an exhibition game, the Prince George Cougars got a win in Everett Wednesday night. Both teams, having already secured playoff positioning, sat several of their more prominent players. Vladimir Mihalik played for Prince George and was scoreless and even with a minor hooking penalty. Dane Crowley did not dress for Everett. Crowley was named Star of the Week this week for the Silvertips by the Seattle Times. Crowely had two assists during the two games the team played last week and was strong defensively. The loss by Everett last night marked the first time all season the CHL's No.1 ranked team lost two games in a row. Everett and Crowley will play Spokane in the first round of the WHL playoffs.
You almost get the feeling that this team has already moved from a focus standpoint.
SPR Milley, (23) (Rosehill, Healey), 10:11
LOW Marshall, (6) (Fraser, Harant), 5:24
LOW Murphy, (15) (Pihlman), 19:19
LOW Vrana, (11) (Murphy, Gionta), 13:44
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.