Ryan Munce stopped 27 shots and Marek Kvapil scored the game winner on a breakaway as the Sea Wolves defeated the Columbia Inferno 2-1 Thursday night. Munce was named the game's First Star while Kvapil earned Third Star honors. It was Munce's 12th win on the season, and it was Kvapil's third goal and fifth point in his first two games back in Mississippi after spending a couple of weeks in Norfolk. Head coach Steffon Walby seems to have found a lethal line combination in Kvapil, rookie and All-Star Ryan Menai, and Jason Tejchma.
Lightning live to fight another day.
Karri Ramo got the win stopping 23 of 26 shots faced.
Vancouver 2:41, Luc Bourdon 2 (Alex Burrows, Taylor Pyatt)
Tampa Bay 7:56, Vaclav Prospal 21 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Vancouver 16:24, Taylor Pyatt 13 (Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows)
Tampa Bay 8:34, Brad Richards 16 (Martin St. Louis, Filip Kuba)
Vancouver 19:35, Alexander Edler 3 (shorthanded) (Mason Raymond, Daniel Sedin)
The Lightning stayed within 9 points of division leading Carolina with 2 games in hand. Is it enough to keep the Lightning from being sellers at the deadline? Probably not. If they can string some wins together it might be enough to keep the Lightning from making big structural changes though.
Lightning goaltender Johan Holmqvist said he always is searching for answers to a season of sharp ups and downs.
Rookie Karri Ramo said he still has lots of work to do learning positioning and finding a "middle ground" between being patient in net and aggressive.
Jay Feaster, though, has decided there is no time to wait.
For the rest of this story by Damian Cristodero, see the St. Petersburg Times.
Wednesday night's highlights:
- Stars for Jung and Helenius
- Ward scores again
- Potential draft target Kyle Beach returns from an injury that one coach originally called "a charade."
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-assigned right wing Kyle Wanvig to Norfolk of the American Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Wanvig, 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, played in seven consecutive games since his recall on January 5 before being scratched for three consecutive games. He scored one goal and averaged 10:09 of ice time per game while recording 12 hits and three blocked shots. He was selected to represent the Admirals in the 2008 AHL All-Star Game but missed it while he was recalled to Tampa Bay.
Prior to his recall Wanvig skated in 33 games with the Admirals, leading the team in goals (13), assists (23) and points (36). The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Calgary native was acquired by the Lightning in a 2007 trade with Atlanta, and appeared in four games for Tampa Bay last season.
Lightning 2006 7th rounder and University of Massachusetts-Amherst junior defenseman John Wessbecker has not played since November 30 due to an undisclosed injury. According to the New England Daily Collegian, quoting recently re-signed UMass head coach Don Cahoon, there is no timetable for Wessbecker's return to the UMass lineup, and Cahoon is not going to hurry him back.
"He's definitely out for the foreseeable future. There's no way of knowing exactly how long because of the type of injury," Cahoon told the Collegian.
Any specifics regarding Wessbecker's injury have not been released.
Wessbecker has 3 assists in 14 games this year for the Minutemen, and is 1-6-7 in his 88 game collegiate career. Wessbecker, from The Blake School in Minnesota, was All-Conference and won the Hobey Baker Award for character in his senior year of high school.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
Fadden helped the â€˜Canes fight back from a 2-0 deficit with his 25th goal and a primary power play assist. Fadden also scored the shootout winner for Lethbridge. The Hurricanes are third in the Eastern Conference.
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Everett Silvertips 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Everett is currently fifth in the Western Conference. Prince Albert is 20 points out of a playoff spot.
The Sea Wolves wasted no time putting the 0-3 road trip to Texas last weekend behind them as they scored 7 straight goals against Pensacola, hanging for an 8-5 victory Tuesday night. Marek Kvapil, fresh off a reassignment from Norfolk, earned Third Star honors as he poured in 2 goals and 2 assists. None of the other Lightning prospects assigned to Mississippi were in the lineup.
The Lightning now have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 26 shots including a couple of softies DQ would be envious of.
Buffalo 4:58, Clarke MacArthur 6 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 12:14, Jason Pominville 12 (Clarke MacArthur, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 10:00, Drew Stafford 13 (Derek Roy, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 16:45, Derek Roy 19 (Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville)
Tampa Bay 19:22, Brad Richards 15 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Vaclav Prospal 20 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
The vultures are circling.