Lessard to Tampa; Kvapil and Hrdel to Norfolk

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.

Also, forwards Marek Kvapil and Zbynek Hrdel have been reassigned from Mississippi of the ECHL to Norfolk.

Killorn an All-Star

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)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/27

QMJHL
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 shot on goal

WHL
Spokane Chiefs 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 2
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

NHL Game Night 2/27: Wild at Lightning

The Lightning welcomed all their new acquisitions into Tampa tonight.

MIN-3
TB-2

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
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)

Third Period
Minnesota 1:53, Brian Rolston 24 (power play) (Kurtis Foster, Pierre-Marc Bouchard)
Tampa Bay 9:16, Jeff Halpern 11 (Mathieu Darche)

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.

Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

Koshechkin/Kazan Part Ways

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.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/26

WHL
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.

USHL
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.

AHL Game Night 2/26: Admirals at Pirates

Kevin Quick's second AHL game.

NOR-1
POR-5

Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Milley, (19) , 5:18 (SH)
POR Bouck, (5) (King, Weinrich), 10:26

Second Period
POR Miller, (11) (Ebbett, King), 1:53
POR Leach, (4) (Ebbett, King), 12:15

Third Period
POR Ryan, (20) (Ebbett), 6:24 (SH)
POR Bootland, (3) (Bouck, Dixon), 19:12

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Tuesday's Elitserien Score

Johan Harju had 2 penalty minutes in Lulea's 3-0 blanking of Frolunda. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in the match for Frolunda.

Bolts Trade Leach; Acquire Brandon Segal

The Norfolk Admirals are reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have traded minor league defenseman Jay Leach to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for RW minor leaguer Brandon Segal and a 2008 7th round pick.

Hlavac Dealt for 7th Rounder

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.

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