Never a dull moment.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the win.
Tampa Bay 4:25, Jason Ward 6 (Mathieu Darche, Filip Kuba)
Tampa Bay 7:13, Paul Ranger 10 (Craig MacDonald)
Tampa Bay 14:55, Nick Tarnasky 5 (Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier)
St. Louis 15:04, Jamal Mayers 8 (Jay McClement, Lee Stempniak)
St. Louis 19:37, David Perron 10 (Paul Kariya, Eric Brewer)
The only team I know that can build a three goal lead with 5:05 left in the game and it's still not completely safe. Have mercy.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm and Lightning prospect Riku Helenius of the Seattle Thunderbirds were both named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting practically identical numbers last week.
McCollum was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .987 save percentage in two games while Helenius was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .980 save percentage in two games.
Helenius stopped 27 of the 28 shots faced as the Thunderbirds downed the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 on Wednesday and he stopped all 22 shots faced as the Thunderbirds shut-out the Portland Winter Hawks 4-0 on Saturday. Helenius, a 19-year-old from Ilves-Tampere, Finland, improved to 15-9-5-1 this season with a 2.37 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 30 games as a WHL rookie.
Fellow Lightning prospect Torrie Jung won the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award January 8.
Ryan Munce stopped 26 shots as the Sea Wolves defeated the Columbia Inferno 4-2 Saturday night. Munce was named the game's Third Star capping his 13th win on the season. The Sea Wolves, down 1-0 after the 1st, score three 2nd period goals. Mississippi's top line of Marek Kvapil, Ryan Menai, and Jason Tejchma continues to produce as they started the scoring 3:26 into the 2nd frame.
Prince George Spruce Kings 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 6
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-1-2, 5 PIM (goaltender interference)
Indiana Ice 2 @ Chicago Steel 1 (SO)
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: Did not play.
Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 6
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Loss, stopped 28 of 34 shots
Kamloops Blazers 8 @ Prince George Cougars 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Portland Winter Hawks 0
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, shutout, stopped 22 of 22 shots
Vancouver Giants 5 @ Everett Silvertips 2
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (hooking)
Karri Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots in the loss getting outdueled by Tomas Vokoun who stood on his head stopping 44 shots.
Florida 3:00, Jay Bouwmeester 10 (Nathan Horton, David Booth)
Florida 14:04, Olli Jokinen 25 (power play) (Jay Bouwmeester, Nathan Horton)
Florida 18:55, Richard Zednik 10 (Jassen Cullimore, Kamil Kreps)
That was probably the season. The Lightning lose a 4 point game in the division when they were already hanging on by a fingernail. The question now is not whether the Lightning will be sellers. The question is how much will be sold. There's little doubt in my mind guys like Prospal, Gratton, and probably one out of Kuba and Lukowich will be moving. The big question now is Dan Boyle.
Break up the Admirals!
Jonathan Boutin stopped 29 of 32 shots faced for the win.
NOR Milley, (13) (Kearns, Mihalik), 16:13 (SH)
NOR Kearns, (2) (Milley), 11:51
WBS Brent, (9) (Stone, D'Aversa), 2:19 (PP)
WBS Minard, (20) (James, Goligoski), 3:30
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Wanvig, Lessard), 4:37 (PP)
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 12:15 (PP)
WBS Ardelan, (4) (McLean, Daoust), 19:03 (PP)
Paul Szczechura, Norm Milley, and Bracken Kearns were named the game's three stars. Szczechura now has 6 goals and 12 points in 8 games since joining the Admirals. Sign. This. Cat.
Norfolk won despite being outshot a stunning 32-16.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov and Evgeny Artyukhin were scoreless in Kazan's 4-2 win over CSKA.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-3 shootout loss to Ufa.
Albert Vishnyakov had a power play assist in Novokuznetsk's 4-3 win over Togliatti.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster released the following statement on the Kevin Quick situation:
We have shared with his family adviser our thoughts on what is best for both Kevin's hockey career in light of the options that are available to him as well as for his own personal development and well-being.
Quick, a freshman defenseman with the University of Michigan and a Lightning draftee, was dismissed from the Wolverines yesterday after "violating team rules and trust."
Prior to Kevin choosing to return to Salisbury Prep after his draft year, the Lightning put the full-court press on him, encouraging him to go the Major Junior route with his development (Both Kevin and his younger brother, Kyle, have their rights held by the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting). Kevin eventually returned to Salisbury for a year before choosing to play collegiately at Michigan.
Green Bay of the USHL drafted Kevin in 2006, but released him after Quick decided to return to Prep school.
With Quick's developmental path again at a crossroads, Feaster told BoltProspects, "We will be doing the same kind of lobbying in this case and, yes, we are interested in signing him."
Kyle Okposo, who is 19 like Quick, recently left the University of Minnesota on his own terms to join the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
Quick could be signed and end up in the AHL with Norfolk, or he could go to Major Junior and play with the likely top 2008 NHL draft choice Steven Stamkos in Sarnia.
Friday night's highlights:
- 3 point nights for 2 prospects
- An odd goal for Tyrell, but one he'll take in the end
- Jung pulled after going 0 for 3