After splitting the past couple of seasons between teams in Switzerland and Australia, former Lightning captain Rob Zamuner has retired and accepted an assistant coaching position with the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL. Mississauga is, of course, the club of Lightning 2005 3rd round pick Chris Lawrence who leads all Lightning junior prospects in scoring thus far this season.
Dusty Collins was scoreless with a -2 rating in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Notre Dame.
The Wildcat's fall to 7-12-2 overall and 4-9-1 in the CCHA. They host Ferris State (4-12-3, 2-9-2 CCHA) this coming weekend.
This summer Bolt Prospects made the decision to remove Andreas Holmqvist from our prospects page upon the Lightning releasing an organizational roster that had omitted Andreas. This week we received some gentle prodding that his removal might have been premature, so we've returned him to the prospects page and we'll begin doing regular updates on his games in the Swedish Elitserien for Linkopings beginning with the club's next game on January 2nd.
Holmqvist has 5 goals and 12 points through 31 games this season with 34 penalty minutes with a +1 rating. He has also appeared for Sweden in two legs of the Euro Tour. Holmqvist had 1 goal in 3 games with 2 penalty minutes and a -2 rating in the Ceske Poijstovna Cup and he was scoreless in 3 games at the recent Channel One Cup.
In related news, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was 1-0-1 at the Channel One Cup losing to Sweden in penalty shots 1-0 and shutting out Finland 3-0. He finished the tournament 1-0-1 with a 0.48 GAA and .978 save percentage.
The Chiefs' offense seems to be warming up.
Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 35 shots faced for the win. The game was Cey's 4th start in 5 nights and he finishes the marathon stretch in Gerald Coleman's absence at 2-2-0. Doug Andress continued his strong season with a pair of goals while Dimitri Tarabrin, PJ Atherton and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers. The other Falcons goals were scored by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich. Andre Deveaux and Grant Jacobsen each had individual helpers. Andress, Tarabrin and Cey were the game's three stars.
TOL Sitko, (2) , 14:02
JHN Andress, (8) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:22
JHN Andress, (9) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 7:07
JHN Henrich, (8) (Jacobsen, Atherton), 1:02
TOL James, (2) (Burke, Blight), 3:01 (PP)
JHN Hrdel, (3) (Deveaux, Martens), 10:21
JHN Elliott, (6) (Martens, Atherton), 14:50 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
The 4th game in 5 nights was an awfully tough assignment.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss. Manchester extends their Atlantic Division lead to six points with the Falcons still holding a game in hand. Rookie Andy Rogers led all Falcons with 4 shots on goal.
MCH Clarke, (12) (Gauthier, Moulson), 13:29 (PP)
MCH Jackman, (7) (Harrold), 2:33 (SH)
MCH Werner, (3) (Giuliano, Kanko), 5:09
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Slovakia finished a U20 World Junior Championships round robin it would likely forget today by dropping its final game to Canadia 3-0. Slovakia fell to 0-4 in the tournament and now moves into the relegation round. Vladimir Mihalik was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus was even with a team leading 5 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes.
Mike Lundin scored a PP goal in Maine's 6-3 win over Cornell to take the Florida College Classic title. It was Lundin's 3rd goal of the season and 10th point.
John Wessbecker was scoreless with 2 PIM and a -2 rating in UMASS' 5-2 loss to Alabama-Huntsville in the third place game of the Dodge Holiday Classic.
Art Femenella did not play in Vermont's 4-2 loss in the championship of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup to St. Cloud State.
Dusty Collins was scoreless with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 4-3 loss to Notre Dame.
The long climb back begins now.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 12 of 13 shots faced for the win. Holmqvist improves to 10-8-0 this season. Brad Richards had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game while Dan Boyle had 2 assists. Vaclav Prospal snapped a two month long goalless drought and Filip Kuba added an insurance goal in the game. Individual helpers went to Martin St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko and Cory Sarich. The Lightning move back to 1 game under .500 and out of the basement of the Southeast Division.
Tampa Bay 11:28, Brad Richards 14 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
Montreal 2:07, Alexander Perezhogin 5 (Mike Johnson, Francis Bouillon)
Tampa Bay 7:00, Vaclav Prospal 4 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Sarich)
Tampa Bay 7:07, Filip Kuba 6 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Brad Richards)
Game sheet from NHL.com.