World Championships Day Six

Martin Cibak got his first point of the tournament today against Russia assisting on Tomas Surovy's first period goal. Despite the contribution, however, Slovakia fell 4-3. Slovakia finished a disappointing third in Group C but still advances to the Qualification Round. At the end of a wild third period that saw the Swiss and Swedes score 6 goals in total, both teams were forced to settle for a 4-4 tie. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless and even with 0 shots on goal for Sweden. Timo Helbling had the same box score line for the Swiss. Sweden wins Group B on goal differential. Switzerland, in second, advances to the Qualification Round as well. Fredrik Norrena's Finnish team clinched Group A yesterday. [b]Opening Round Statistics[/b] G Fredrik Norrena (FIN), 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .813 sv%, 0 SO D Andreas Holmqvist (SWE), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 0 PIM, +1, 5 SOG C Martin Cibak (SVK), 3 GP, 0-1-1, 2 PIM, +2, 3 SOG D Timo Helbling (SUI), 3 GP, 0-0-0, 0 PIM, E, 0 SOG LW Anton But was forced to withdraw his name from consideration for Team Russia prior to the tournament due to injury. But hurt his abductor injury during the Superleague season and was hobbled with the injury for much of the playoffs [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006029&anchor=News]according to Russianprospects.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/9

Season over. [b]WHL[/b] Vancouver put the final touches on a 4-0 sweep of Moose Jaw tonight defeating the Warriors 6-3. Lightning prospect [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Jones finishes second in the WHL in playoff scoring with 9 goals and 21 points in 22 games, 9 points behind Blue Jackets first rounder Gilbert Brule. With the exception of overage prospects Andreas Holmqvist and Fredrik Norrena who are currently playing for their respective nations in the World Championships, Jones and Moose Jaw's season ending defeat brings an end to the Lightning prospect season. Once the World Championships are complete, Bolt Prospects will begin to post our Final Rankings for the 2005-2006 season beginning with the top five overage prospects in the Lightning organization.

World Championships Day Five

Fredrik Norrena sat again today as Antero Nittymaki was between the pipes for Finland's 3-3 tie with the Czech Republic. The Finns remain atop Group A with the tie.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/8

[b]WHL[/b] The fat lady is warming up. JD Watt scored at 4:37 of overtime tonight to help lift Vancouver over Moose Jaw 2-1. The victory stakes the Giants to a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 series lead. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and even in the game with 4 penalty minutes.

World Championships Day Four

Andreas Holmqvist got his first career World Championships point today, a helper, in Sweden's 4-0 shutout of Italy. The blueliner had 3 shots on goal and was +1 in the match. Elsewhere, Martin Cibak was scoreless and +1 with 2 shots on goal as Slovakia clubbed Kazakhstan 6-0. Sweden leads Group B via the goal differential tiebreaker over Switzerland. Both teams are 2-0-0. Slovakia sits at second in Group C behind Russia at 1-1-0.

World Championships Day Three

Fredrik Norrena got the day off today as Antero Nittymaki was between the pipes for the Finns in a 5-0 shutout of Latvia. Nittymaki stopped 18 of 18 shots faced in the match. Finland leads Group A thus far with a 2-0 record.

Eric Perrin's Status Next Season

Also according to Eurohockey.net, [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=&days=183]Swiss team SC Bern has loaned out Eric Perrin to Frankfurt of the German DEL next season.[/url] Perrin was loaned out to Biel/Bienne of the NLB by Bern after they lost early in the NLA playoffs. He had 13 goals and 38 points in 44 games in the NLA regular season, 2 goals and 6 points in 6 games in the NLA playoffs and 5 goals and 12 points in 11 NLB playoff games this season.

Hagglund Transfers to Leksands

Eurohockey.net [url=http://www.eurohockey.net/transfers/transfers.html?nationality=&country=&lastname=&days=183]reports 2000 4th round pick Johan Hagglund has transferred from IK Oskarshamn of the Allsvenskan to Leksands which will be demoted to the Allsvenskan next season.[/url] Reports indicate all non-Russian Europeans drafted in the 2002 Entry Draft and prior must be signed by this summer to retain their rights, so it is unlikely Hagglund will be a Lightning property much longer. The C/LW had 10 goals and 21 points in 41 games with Oskarshamn this season.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 5/6

[b]WHL[/b] [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist, but Moose Jaw still fell to Vancouver 7-5 as Columbus Blue Jackets 2005 first round pick Gilbert Brule scored 3 goals and added 3 assists for the Giants. The Warriors now trail in the series 2-0.

World Championships Day Two

In a major upset today, Belarus knocked off Slovakia 2-1. Martin Cibak had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot on goal for the Slovaks. Timo Helbling was scoreless in Switzerland's 3-1 victory over Italy. Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless with 2 shots on goal in Sweden's 4-2 win over Ukraine.
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