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.
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.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal
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 couldnâ€™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.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 5-4 loss to Togliatti.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scorless in CSKA's 4-3 loss to Chelyabisnk.
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.
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.
No.5 Massachusetts 3 @ No.8 New Hampshire 5
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)
The Pussy Cats FEAR #74.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.
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.
A heroic comeback effort falls short.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Gosh that sounds familiar too.
HFD Korpikoski, (8) (Sauer, Ouellette), 2:33 (SH)
HFD Callahan, (2) (Hutchinson, Pock), 15:47 (PP)
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.