Lightning Recall Paul Szczechura

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled prospect center Paul Szczechura from the Norfolk Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. A spot opened on the Lightning roster after Tampa lost overaged prospect forward Drew Miller on waivers to the Detroit Red Wings earlier today.

Szczechura, 5-foot-10, 184 pounds, has played in all 14 games with the Admirals this season. He leads the team in points with 14 and assists with eight while also ranking third on the team in goals with six. Szczechura also has a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and an even rating.

A native of Brantford, Ontario, Szczechura made his NHL debut with the Lightning last season, playing in 31 games and recording four goals with nine points. He ranked second among Tampa Bay rookies in goals, assists and points. He also played in 33 games with Norfolk in 2008-09, recording 13 goals and 29 points.

Szczechura has played in 114 career AHL games with Norfolk and Iowa. He has amassed 38 goals and 81 points. Originally undrafted, the Lightning signed Szczechura as a free agent on April 24, 2008.

CHL Game Night: 11-10-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT:0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-12-14, +5, 22 PIM

Moncton played their first game since October 29 thanks to a flu-cancelled game against Montreal and a long layoff. The Wildcats lost the shootout 2-1 after leading 1-0 at the completion of round 1.

WHL

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-12-22, -5, 38 PIM

Ashton extended his point streak to seven games with his 10th goal of the season as the Hurricanes beat first place Calgary 3-2. Lethbridge was 0-7 on the power play compared to Calgary’s 2-5. The Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row, climbed out of the cellar with the win and now stand at 8-11-2-0 on the year, 14 points behind Calgary in the Central Division.

AHL Game Night: 11/10 Senators at Admirals

Drew Bannister is still playing hockey?

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NOR-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss. He also stopped a penalty shot in the contest.

First Period
BNG St. Pierre, (6) (Hamel, Keller), 1:19 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) (Fritz, Lawrence), 14:43

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Keller), 1:14 (SH)
BNG Daugavins, (2) (Smith, Hennessy), 4:46

Third Period
BNG Smith, (3) (Schira, Daugavins), 7:42 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Mihalik, Tyrell), 13:25 (PP)
BNG Keller, (8) (Svendsen, Schira), 16:18
BNG Smith, (4) (Hamel), 19:47 (EN)

Paul Szczechura and Justin Keller were the game's second and third stars. It's very disappointing to get a game tied up with less than 7 minutes left and still not get any points out of the contest. Dana Tyrell now has helpers in 4 of his last 5 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

USHS Update – Bauer NIT Tournament

Minnesota Red 10 vs. Shattuck-St. Mary’s 3 (Championship)
D Kirill Gotovets, S-SM: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-3-5, 33 PIM

Shattuck advanced to the Bauer NIT Tournament (New Hope, Minnesota) championship game with an 8-1 win over the Dallas Stars and a 7-1 win over the MDHL U-18 White team. They fell hard to a good Minnesota Red squad in the finals, 10-3. Warroad HS senior and North Dakota commit Brock Nelson, a possible Mr. Hockey candidate in Minnesota, had a hat trick for Red. Gotovets, a Cornell commit, played in two of the three games and did not register a point.

CHL Game Night: 11-8-09

OHL

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 37 saves on 41 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-7-1-0, 3.69 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 20 GP, 4-8-12, +14, 6 PIM

That’s now six losses in a row for Zador, though he was rewarded for a strong effort against the defending OHL champs with the Third Star award. Panik is scoreless in two games and three of his last four.

Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Sarnia Sting 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 3-5-8, +3, 6 PIM

Sointu missed Saturday’s game, but was back in the lineup Sunday. Ottawa finished their three game weekend 1-2.

NCAA Game Night: 11-8-09

Providence Friars 0 @ No.15 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM

Vermont broke their three game winless streak with the win (0-2-1). The Catamounts are 3-3-1 on the year.

Today's Karjala Cup Scores

Czech Republic 3 @ Russia 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 31/34, 2.90 GAA, .912 sv%

Koshechkin didn't hurt his Olympics stock in this leg of the Euro Tour going 2-0 in both of his starts in this tournament. He finished the Karjala Cup with a 2.83 GAA and .921 sv%.

Finland 7 @ Sweden 0
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

That's an embarassing finish for Team Sweden against their neighbors and rivals, the Finns. Sweden finished second to last at 1-2-0 in the Karjala Cup, and Harju was scoreless in three games, which definitely does hurt his Olympics stock.

CHL Game Night: 11-7-09

DeCoste liking it in Belleville ... Ashton extends his point streak ... two prospects held off the ice.

NCAA Game Night: 11-7-09

Harvard Crimson 3 @ Colgate Raiders 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 3 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-2-5, E, 4 PIM

Colgate swept Harvard in their weekend series. Killorn’s line scored early in the game when Canadien’s first rounder Louis Leblanc found the back of the net, but Killorn was not credited with an assist. Harvard falls to 1-2 on the year.

Lake Superior Lakers 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 8 PIM

Witkowski earned his second assist in college play as WMU finished their weekend series with the Lakers at 1-0-1.

AHL Game Night: 11/7 Admirals at Crunch

Is this the season everything changes in the Lightning minor league system?

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SYR-1

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win. It speaks highly on the Admirals' goaltending situation that Helenius is essentially the backup even though through three starts he has a mind-biggling 1.35 GAA and .938 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Tyrell), 0:58
NOR Lundin, (1) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 9:31 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Simek, (2) (Bochenski), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Mihalik, Jones), 5:38
NOR Jones, (2) (Bochenski, Graham), 9:58
NOR Hall, (2) (Syroczynski, Jones), 16:49
SYR Fritsche, (2) (Mayorov, Picard), 17:51

Third Period
NO SCORING

Blair Jones, Brandon Bochenski, and Paul Szczechura were named the game's three stars.

Jones' re-emergence highlights what makes this version of the Admirals different: an unprecedented amount of forward depth. The win moves Norfolk into fourth place in the AHL East Division, and they are now just four points out of first place with a game in hand on the front-running Hershey Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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