Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto served game five of his five-game suspension, handed down in last year’s playoffs.
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Peterborough Petes 7
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin scored his first OHL goal midway through the second period to give the Petes a 3-2 lead, then added a power play marker in the third as Peterborough pulled away and eventually won, 7-3. Masin was named first star for the game.
Western Hockey League
Red Deer Rebels 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +3, 2 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point did not hit the scoresheet on Thursday, the first game after his natural hat trick last weekend. Moose Jaw plays in Prince Albert on Friday.
Lightning embarrass Panthers one week out from season opener.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout. If work continues to be this light for Nabby, he could play another 5 years.
2:43 TB Palat 1, (Johnson, Connolly)
7:53 TB Kucherov 1, (Namestnikov, Carle)
18:50 TB Kucherov 2, (Namestnikov, Hedman)(EN)
Extra thanks to the Panthers garbage-like inability to get their stats linked up right to NHL.com. Just move your God-awful franchise to Quebec City and get it over with. I'd care more about the "rivalry" if they weren't a so bummy from top to bottom. The Lightning's status is tarnished by having that dumpster fire occupy the same state.
Box score from Yahoo.com.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Omsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -4, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev returned from a paper demotion to Tyumen of the VHL and was -1 in 9:01 in Yugra's 3-2 victory over Omsk. Ex-Sharks pick Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra.
Togliatti 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 10/13, 6.70 GAA, .769 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-2-1, 2 SO, 1.36 GAA, .947 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin took his second loss of the season after being lifted early in the Second Period in Metallurg's 3-2 loss to Lada Togliatti. Ex-Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals in defeat for Magnitogorsk.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 1 @ Quebec Remparts 4
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 3 Hits, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec improved to 2-0 with Adam Erne in the lineup as the Lightning’s second round pick in 2013 contributed three assists in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Sherbrooke. Erne, who played center last year but is listed as a winger this season, took the second-most faceoffs for the Remparts on Wednesday, going 12 for 19 at the dot. He’s 22/29 for the season.
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (SO)
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas’ first point of the season was an even-strength assist in the first period when the Hitmen were skating to a 3-0 lead. That lead would later be relinquished and the Hurricanes took the extra point in the shootout. Lethbridge was 3 for 3 in the shootout.
Bratislava 5 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 37/38, 1.00 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .936 sv%
Jaroslav Janus continued his return to form from 2 seasons ago by turning aside 37 shots to help Slovan defeat Riga 5-1. Ex-NHLer Ladislav Nagy had a pair of helpers in the win for Bratislava.
Elsewhere, Nikita Gusev was removed from Rubin Tyumen's VHL roster. No word yet on where the diminutive forward will land.
This week we introduced our first podcast. The first edition addresses questions asked via the #BPMailbag on Twitter (@BoltProspects) and our forum about the Lightning and Syracuse Crunch organizations. Additional topics include the Nashville rookie tournament, roster speculation, and comparing this year's Crunch squad to the championship Norfolk club.
Young forwards making Yzerman/Cooper's decisions hard...
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 22 shots for the victory. You have to be happy with his first two preseason starts as he comes back from the wrist injury.
0:37 TB Panik (1), (Marchessault, Paquette)
7:39 TB Brown (1), (unassisted)(SH)
14:05 TB Kucherov (1), (Namestnikov, Filppula)(PP)
14:50 DAL Benn (1), (Nichushkin, Gonchar)
2:30 TB Paquette (1), (Connolly, Gudas)
7:04 TB Connolly (1), (Namestnikov)
None of the young forwards vying for the final 1-2 spots on the roster are playing themselves out of centention. Marchessault, Paquette, Namestnikov, and Kucherov all hit the scoresheet tonight (Namesy and Dump Truck with multi-point nights) and even Witkowski on the blueline is putting a shadow of doubt into the Lightning brass' minds right now.
There's lots of good problems to have for a Lightning team that managed to put 5 on the board (albeit on Anders Lindback) with Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman donning their tights and fighting crime on the mean streets of Estero tonight rather than donning their uniforms and taking to the ice in Dallas, to say nothing of wunderkind Drouin's broken digit. The depth right now, and that depth's ability to outplay an NHL-talent studded Dallas roster pretty handily is making the Lightning look like a potential juggernaut in the making. And, whichever 3-4 players finally don't make this roster, are probably going to instantly make Syracuse an Eastern Conference contender down in the AHL. Good times.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Voronezh 5 vs. Tyumen 3
Nikita Gusev, Tyumen, DNP
Season totals (VHL): 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL), 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM
Nikita Gusev did not dress for Tyumen in their 5-3 loss to Voronezh. Although listed on Tyumen's roster, Gusev has yet to appear for the club since his demotion from Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL.
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-1-1, 2 SO, 1.14 GAA, .955 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Metallurg to a 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin has only lost once in regulation so far this season.