The Norfolk Admirals are reporting that Admirals winger Junior Lessard has been recalled to the Tampa Bay Lightning as GM Jay Feaster indicated would happen during several interviews on Wednesday. Technically, Lessard was recalled on an emergency basis as Lightning center Chris Gratton will be undergoing hip surgery next week, according to tampabaylightning.com.
Lightning prospect and Harvard University commit Alex Killorn of Deerfield Academy was named by the NEIPSHA to its Division I All-New England West team.
Deerfield finished their regular season with a 16-6-2 record. Killorn had a goal in his final home game, a 4-3 Deerfield win over Westminster. (Stat update coming soon)
The Lightning welcomed all their new acquisitions into Tampa tonight.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut.
Minnesota 3:46, Todd Fedoruk 3 (power play) (Pierre-Marc Bouchard)
Minnesota 4:56, Pavol Demitra 13 (Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Michel Ouellet 9 (power play) (Paul Ranger, Jeff Halpern)
Jeff Halpern had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +1 in 17:44 with 4 shots and 3 hits. He was also named first star of the game.
Jussi Jokinen was -1 in 22:28 with 4 shots and 2 hits. Hope you like ice time, young man.
Alexandre Picard, who was recalled from Norfolk prior to the game, played 19:54 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots.
Russianprospects.com is reporting Ak Bars Kazan and Lightning prospect goaltender Vasily Koshechkin have parted ways. Koshechkin was forced out of the lineup for Kazan earlier in the season when NHL veteran Robert Esche was signed by the club, joining former NHLer Mikka Noronen as the team's two netminders.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM (slashing, cross-checking)
Fadden scored his 31st goal of the year and Lethbridge got a hattrick from 2008 draft eligible forward Zach Boychuk and 4 points from Dallas Stars prospect Colton Sceviour en route to a 7-3 beat-down of Saskatoon.
Waterloo Black Hawks 2 @ Chicago Steel 1
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 shots on goal
Cunti scored from in front on a goal-mouth scramble.
Kevin Quick's second AHL game.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
NOR Milley, (19) , 5:18 (SH)
POR Bouck, (5) (King, Weinrich), 10:26
POR Miller, (11) (Ebbett, King), 1:53
POR Leach, (4) (Ebbett, King), 12:15
POR Ryan, (20) (Ebbett), 6:24 (SH)
POR Bootland, (3) (Bouck, Dixon), 19:12
Box score from TheAHL.com.
TSN.ca is also reporting Lightning winger and pending unrestricted free agent Jan Hlavac has been dealt to the Nashville Predators for a 2008 7th round pick.
This leaves another hole at forward. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster indicated in an interview with WDAE radio in Tampa that Norfolk forward and former Dallas Star Junior Lessard will likely be recalled in the near future. No timetable was given. Norfolk plays tonight in Portland.