ECHL Game Night 1/11: Mississippi @ Augusta

Mississippi's season-best 5 game winning streak came to an end last Saturday night at James Brown Arena in Augusta, GA, losing to the Lynx by a score of 4-1. The lost coincided with goaltender Morgan Cey's first start of 2008 after Ryan Munce piloted the Wolves resurgence in the standings. Marek Kvapil was scoreless on 1 shot in the road loss.

Lightning/Admirals Make Pair of Deals

The Norfolk Admirals have announced that the Lightning have traded defenseman Dan Jancevski to Dallas in exchange for minor league right winger Junior Lessard. In addition, the Admirals have acquired center Paul Szczechura from the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Iowa Stars, for future considerations.

Lessard, a 27 year old 6'0" 200 lbs forward, has 10 goals and 21 points in 36 games this season with 15 penalty minutes. His career season came in 2005-2006 with Iowa of the AHL when he had 26 goals and 58 points in 66 games.

Szczechura, a 22 year old 5'11" 190 lbs center, has 2 goals and 5 points in 29 games this season. Last year, as an ATO after graduating from Western Michigan, he had 3 goals and 7 points in 14 games. In his senior season in college, Szczechura had 19 goals and 45 points in 37 games.

Norfolk has also announced that they have recalled right wing Marek Kvapil from Mississippi of the ECHL and reassigned left wing/defenseman Mike Egener to Mississippi. Egener has missed 33 games this season with injuries.

Monday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 3-0 shutout win over Djurgardens. Andreas' brother Michael had a goal for Frolunda in the match.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/13

QMJHL
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal

WHL
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Portland Winter Hawks 0
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, Stopped 22 of 24 shots

Starting his third game in three nights, Helenius couldn’t come up with a third win despite a strong statistical showing. The Americans added a late empty net goal. Former Traverse City Lightning Colton Yellow Horn scored his league-leading 30th and 31st goals of the season for Tri-City. The 20 year old has 61 points in 41 games.

Friday's Superleague Scores

Alexei Glukhov and Denis Kazionov were scoreless in Cherepovets' 6-5 overtime win over Omsk.

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-4 loss to Togliatti.

Evgeny Artyukhin was scorless in CSKA's 4-3 loss to Chelyabisnk.

Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Novokuznetsk's 3-0 shutout win over St. Petersburg. Anton But was scoreless in the match for SKA.

Saturday's Elitserien Score

Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 2-0 win over Mora. Harju now has 13 goals and 19 points in 32 games this season. He also has 20 penalty minutes and a +1 rating and is 47% on draws. The young forward has fallen back to tied for 15th in the league in goal scoring partly due to time missed with a thumb injury.

Quick Does It Again

CCHA
No.1 Michigan 5 @ Western Michigan 1
D Kevin Quick, UM: 1-0-1, E, 1 shot on goal

A night after notching his first collegiate goal, Quick nets No.2.

According to USCHO, Quick received the puck from junior Travis Turnbull on the left side of the crease and was able to draw Gill out from the pipes, knocking it into the back of the net for a power play goal.

Phoenix Coyote seventh rounder Chad Kolarik (Abington, PA) had four goals for No.1 Michigan. The Wolverines swept WMU 2-0 over the weekend series.

Hockey East
No.5 Massachusetts 3 @ No.8 New Hampshire 5
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/12

Lightning prospect results from the BCHL, USHL, and CHL. Highlights include Michael Ward and Luca Cunti finding the twine.

NHL Game Night 1/12: Lightning at Panthers

The Pussy Cats FEAR #74.

TB-5
FLA-3

Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.

First Period
Florida 0:38, Olli Jokinen 21 (Bryan Allen)
Tampa Bay 10:39, Nick Tarnasky 2 (Craig MacDonald, Mathieu Darche)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 2:00, Jan Hlavac 7 (Jason Ward, Chris Gratton)
Tampa Bay 3:06, Nick Tarnasky 3 (Shane O'Brien, Craig MacDonald)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 9:15, Brad Richards 12 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
Florida 14:59, David Booth 11 (Jassen Cullimore, Stephen Weiss)
Florida 18:31, Brett McLean 4 (Magnus Johansson, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 19:44, Brad Richards 13 (empty net) (Martin St. Louis)

#74 got out of the press box and popped in 2 goals. THAT is how you respond to being scratched. Very nice. I'm happy for 'nasty.

Mathieu Darche had an assist and was +2 in 11:08 with 1 shot and 2 hits. I think Torts is finally starting to zero in on where the sweet spots are in terms of ice time for the checking liners. It's a shame it took until January to get here.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/12: Wolf Pack at Admirals

A heroic comeback effort falls short.

HFD-3
NOR-2

Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Gosh that sounds familiar too.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Korpikoski, (8) (Sauer, Ouellette), 2:33 (SH)
HFD Callahan, (2) (Hutchinson, Pock), 15:47 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Pyatt, (4) (Parenteau, Dupont), 1:28
NOR Milley, (12) (Schneider, Jancevski), 6:53 (PP)
NOR Schneider, (3) (Keller, Jancevski), 15:46 (PP)

Justin Keller has now pulled within one point of Blair Jones in the young prospects scoring race in Norfolk. Keller's an interesting case. Athletically, there's no way this guy should be an NHL player and yet he quietly continues to be one of Steve Stirling's better young forwards in the AHL. If and when the Lightning do have to pull the plug on the season, I suspect Keller will get a cup of coffee and I will be very interested to see if he continues to defy expectations. Some players are just heady enough to overcome physical limitations.

Also, although some of the things he's said in the media pointing the finger at the team's youth didn't sit well with me, the play of captain Dan Jancevski has really picked up of late. As a whole, this team is finally starting to give a solid, honest, competitive effort on most nights and I know that's the foundation Claude Loiselle and Steve Stirling want to lay in Norfolk this year. I think they knew going in that they were thin on talent and that the playoffs would've taken an extraordinary amount of luck with injuries, callups, promotions etc but if they can establish a culture in Norfolk where work ethic is the core of the team philosophically then in the next few years as more young forward talent comes to Norfolk they can build something on that foundation.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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