Prep Seasons End for Marshall, Killorn

Lightning draft picks and New England Prep stars Matt Marshall (2007 - 5th round) and Alex Killorn (2007 3rd round) finished up their respective high school careers last week. Neither Nobles (Marshall) or Deerfield (Killorn) will be participating in the post-season.

Final season stats are as follows:

W/C Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 29 GP, 25-26-51

Marshall, who will attend the University of Vermont next season, had 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 4 games to end the year. As a junior, Marshall accumulated 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 27 games for Nobles.

C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 25 GP, 24-27-55

Killorn, who will play for Harvard next year, finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Last season Killorn had 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 23 games.

Note: Thanks to Crimson Hockey for assistance with statistical updates this year.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/2

QMJHL
Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 shots on goal

WHL
Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Note: Mitch Fadden was recently named the second best skater in the WHL's Eastern Conference in a poll taken from team representatives.

AHL Game Day 3/2: Admirals at Sharks

Third period comeback effort falls short.

NOR-4
WOR-5

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

First Period
NOR Kvapil, (1) (Scalzo, Henrich), 1:40 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (20) , 10:02
WOR Mink, (17) (Cavanagh, Iggulden), 15:45 (PP)
WOR Raduns, (12) (Spang, Walsh), 18:47 (PP)

Second Period
WOR Iggulden, (21) (Armstrong, Evans), 2:20
WOR Iggulden, (22) (Evans, Armstrong), 12:26

Third Period
NOR Kearns, (4) , 4:56 (SH)
NOR Henrich, (10) (Lawrence), 11:51
NOR Jones, (11) (Segal, Kearns), 19:27 (PP)

Norfolk allowed 5 unanswered goals after scoring the game's opening marker before scoring 3 of their own in the third period in a failed comeback bid.

Adam Henrich was named the game's third star. Henrich has 2 goals and 7 points in his last 10 games, and appears to have gained a good measure of the momentum he had earlier in the season prior to getting hurt. From the outside looking in, it certainly appears that the former 2002 second round pick has done everything you could ask of him to earn a contract next season.

Blair Jones has 3 goals and 11 points in his last 13 games, which is a hopeful sign for a guy who had gone scoreless in his previous 13 games.

It was also really good to see Chris Lawrence get a helper in his first game back after missing a month and a half with a shoulder injury.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/1

BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round

No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ No.4 Burnaby Express 5 (OT)
Best of 5 series tied 1-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 0 PIM

Courtnall scored on the power play early in the third period to give Victoria a 4-3 lead. Game 3 is Monday.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/1

USHL
Chicago Steel 2 @ Cedar Rapids Roughriders 1
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

WHL
Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 5
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play (injured – strained knee)

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing)

Real Cyr had a 47 save shutout for PG.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)

Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Everett Silvertips 4 (OT)
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (boarding, hooking)

NHL Game Night 3/1: Lightning at Hurricanes

This is just a tired looking Lightning team right now. Mentally, physically, tired.

TB-1
CAR-5

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:04, Jeff Halpern 12 (Michel Ouellet, Mathieu Darche)
Carolina 10:43, Eric Staal 31 (Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason)

Second Period
Carolina 1:02, Joe Corvo 8 (Sergei Samsonov, Eric Staal)
Carolina 10:01, Sergei Samsonov 10 (power play) (Frantisek Kaberle, Scott Walker)

Third Period
Carolina 4:02, Sergei Samsonov 11 (Patrick Eaves, Matt Cullen)
Carolina 6:00, Tuomo Ruutu 7 (Eric Staal, Erik Cole)

With all due respect, I think the Lightning are making a mistake not giving Karri Ramo at least half the starts from here on out. Smith is a more known commodity at this stage of his career, but Ramo only has 14 NHL decisions under his belt thus far. Here, in garbage time of the season, is a perfect opportunity to get Ramo more acclimated with the NHL. At the very least, on the tail end of a back-to-back, he should've gotten the start tonight. That's not to say any of the 5 goals tonight were necessarily Smith's fault, it's just a comment on how the Lightning need to look forward strategically to how they're going to lay the foundation for next season.

Coincidentally though, tonight was Smith's 41st career decision. So, technically, he became a Bolt Prospects alumni tonight. Strange but true.

I'm enjoying watching Alex Picard play. You can definitely see there's something there, and I think he could still put on another 5-10 pounds of muscle easily.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/1: Admirals at Devils

Yuck.

NOR-2
LOW-5

Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 43 shots for the loss. The Ads were outshot 44-18 in the contest by Lowell, which coming into the night was the last place team in the Eastern Conference. Not good.

First Period
NOR Smolenak, (8) (Jones), 8:22
LOW Khomutov, (9) (Ruggeri, Mondou), 18:31 (PP)

Second Period
LOW Vrana, (11) (Khomutov, Tallackson), 1:50
LOW Ruggeri, (3) (Zimmerman, Gionta), 3:56
NOR Stewart, (14) (Henrich, Rosehill), 17:03

Third Period
LOW Pelley, (2) (Murphy, Malmivaara), 3:25
LOW Murphy, (6) (Gionta), 19:18 (EN)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Andreas Holmqvist did not play in Frolunda's 3-2 win over HV 71.

Johan Harju had Lulea's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Skelleftea.

With just three games remaining in the Elitserien regular season, Frolunda currently sits in sixth on the league table while Lulea is in eleventh.

Harju's goal today, his 20th of the season, puts him in a tie for 8th in the league in goal scoring.

Andreas Holmqvist is currently tied for 7th amongst all Elitserien defensemen in scoring with 22 points.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/29

BCHL
Victoria Grizzlies 1 @ Burnaby Express 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

USHL
Chicago Steel 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 4
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 2 @ P.E.I. Rocket 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 shots on goal

WHL
Vancouver Giants 5 @ Prince George Cougars 2
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -4, 7 PIM (interference, fighting major vs. Andrew Clark)

Seattle Thunderbirds 0 @ Everett Silvertips 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play.
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (interference), *Second Star*

Seattle goaltender Jacob DeSerras was the game's third star. Helenius has two starts since February 13th (1-1), whereas DeSerras has six (4-1 and 1 no decision). According tot he Lightning, Helenius is battling a sprained knee.

NHL Game Night 2/29: Maple Leafs at Lightning

Love the win, but can the Lightning defer the points in the standings?

TOR-2
TB-3 (OT)

Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 25 shots to collect his first win in a Lightning uniform.

First Period
Tampa Bay 8:51, Michel Ouellet 10 (power play) (Jeff Halpern, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 12:13, Alexandre Picard 1 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Toronto 0:27, Alexander Steen 12 (Mats Sundin, Tomas Kaberle)
Toronto 11:29, Jason Blake 12 (Ian White)

Overtime
Tampa Bay 2:02, Dan Boyle 4 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Jussi Jokinen)

Contributions from all the new acquisitions tonight. The Captain, Alexandre Picard, got his first goal for the Lightning and Jeff Halpern and Jussi Jokinen had helpers.

If the Lightning can just find a way to get Stamkos this June, I think they're going to be alright.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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