Lightning Prospects Drop to 0-2

Erik Erlendsson of the Trib writes on his blog that the Lightning [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]lost another nail biter tonight 2-1 to the Red Wings prospects.[/url] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 25 of 27 shots faced but was unable to stop the Wings from scoring the game winner with less than five minutes to play in the final frame. The Lightning's lone goal was scored by tryout invitee Torrie Wheat on assists by [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] and Marek Bartanus. The Hockey’s Future recap singles out Ramo and invitees David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy for their good play. HF says Tampa only managed 19 shots on goal against the Wings, but did hit a post.

Superleague Tour 2

In today's action from the Russian Superleague: Anton But was scoreless as SKA St Petersburg tied Magnitogorsk 2-2. Alexei Glukhov had an assist in Cherepovets' 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Mike Fountain took the loss as KHK Tver beat Togliatti 1-0. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless for Tver in the game. Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 2-0 loss to Ufa. Dimitri Kazionov had 2 assists in Kazan's 5-2 pummelling of the Soviet Wings. Yaroslavl ([url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url]) will play Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url]) tomorrow.

Lightning Lines Taking Shape?

Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendsson’s blog, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines. According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid, Nikita Alexeev, Eric Perrin, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages. The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.

Lightning Prospects Lose Traverse City Opener In Double OT

Newyorkrangers.com is reporting the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2249]lost their opener in the Traverse City prospect tournament tonight 3-2 in overtime to the Rangers' prospects.[/url] [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had the Lightning's goals. The Lightning scored both goals late to force the extra session. The Lightning prospects were outshot 34-30. [b]Update:[/b] Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]makes a late blog post on the tournament.[/url] According to his post, it was not Marek Kvapil but rather [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left from [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url]. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] had an assist on Zbynek Hrdel's goal. [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] stopped 32 of 35 for the Lightning, according to Erlendsson. [b]Update 2:[/b] Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future also has a recap of the day’s activities. Treff's report singles out Helenius, Mihalik, and Smolenak for their good play from Tampa, and also was impressed with Tampa's own-zone coverage. Also, the [i]St. Pete Times[/i], using Wire services, says Keller got the second Lightning goal, so it appears that mystery is solved by a 2-1 count. Keller was known for his clutch goals in Kelowna the past few years, including the Memorial Cup winning goal in 2003. [b]Update 3:[/b] Word from the Lightning is that the team battled hard, then slacked off a little bit. [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url], Mihalik, and Helenius were singled out as Tampa's top players for the game. [b]Update 4:[/b] Box score [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/stories/2006_09/08_BoxTB_NYR.html]courtesy of Redwingscentral.com[/url].

Artyukhin Held Scoreless in Yaroslavl Debut

[url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was held off the board today as Yaroslavl was beaten 3-1 by Omsk in their opening match of the season. Artyukhin, who played 72 games with the Lightning last year, signed with the Lokomotive after the Lightning failed to meet he and his agent's demands for a lucrative contract. [b]Update:[/b] Par for the course, Artyukhin did rack up 4 penalty minutes in the contest.

Scores With Stats

Box scores have finally been posted from Thursday's opening round of matches in the Russian Superleague: Alexei Glukhov was held scoreless in his debut for Severstal Cherepovets as they were handled easily by Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Anton But was in uniform for SKA's 3-0 win over Chelyabinsk. But was scoreless in the match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] got the win 4-3 as Togliatti defeated the Moscow Dynamo. Albert Vishynakov did not play for Dynamo. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes as KHK Tver defeated Ufa 3-2 in overtime. Denis' brother Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 overtime win over Amur.

Traverse City Starts Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder, Friday marks the opening of the Traverse City prospect tournament. At 10:45 am tomorrow the team will hold a practice in anticipation of their 7:30 pm tilt with the New York Rangers' prospects. The Lightning's official roster for the tournament [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/files/traversecity.pdf]has been posted online[/url] and features highly touted Finnish goaltenders [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url]. The tournament is the second step on what has become a two month long process to identify and place players in the Lightning prospect system. The tournament has added importance for tryout invitees like David Desharnais of Chicoutimi who are seeking professional contracts in the Lightning organization. Bolt Prospects will have full coverage of the tournament and reaction from the Lightning front office as it all unfolds.

Scores But No Stats

Unfortunately, as of 10pm ET, there are no box scores available out of Russia. Hopefully by the time [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] and Yaroslavl finish their match with Omsk, Thursday's scores will be updated online. In the mean time I can give the final scores for the games involving Lightning prospects: Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov)-3 Amur-2 (OT) St Petersburg (Anton But?)-3 Chelyabinsk-0 Tver ([url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url])-3 Yulayev-2 (OT) Magnitogorsk-5 Cherepovets (Alexei Glukhov)-2 Togliatti ([url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url])-4 Dynamo (Albert Vishnyakov)-3 Omsk, Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url]) and Yaroslavl (Evgeny Artyukhin) did not play Thursday.

Glukhov Transfers to Cherepovets, Polushin Ends Up With Khimik

It's been a strange offseason for transfers in Russia and on opening day there were even more changes than previously indicated. Center Alexei Glukhov has transferred from Khimik to Severstal Cherepovets and Alexander Polushin, who had previously been reported as headed to Podolsk has ended up with Glukhov's old team Khimik. On a related note, winger Anton But is not listed on SKA St Petersburg's opening day roster. Bolt Prospects is still trying to ascertain his whereabouts.

Koshechkin 1-0

There's only one official box score up as of now on the Global-Sport official Superleague statistics site, but we can tell you that goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] won his first start of the year defeating the Moscow Dynamo 4-3. Bolt Prospects will update all of today's opening match scores as they become available.
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