This past weekend, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle spent the All-Star break touring Western Canada watching potential and future Bolts.
Among the games the duo took in were the CHL Top Prospects Game and two games featuring 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell. On Thursday night, Tyrell scored 2 goals in a 5-4 Prince George shootout loss to Lightning 2006 6th rounder Dana Crowley and Everett in front of Lightning leadership. After a game in Vancouver to see the Giants and Tri-City Americans on Friday, they saw Tyrell again, this time against Lightning 2007 4th rounder Mitch Fadden - a game that was a 9-0 blowout for Fadden and Lethbridge. Fadden had 2 assists in the game.
Feaster provided a quick review of the Lightning draftees for BoltProspects.
Kvapil, 5'10" and 188 pounds, appeared in two games with Norfolk after being assigned from Mississippi on January 14, registering one assist and an even rating.
Lascek, 6'0" and 195 pounds, joined the Admirals on December 29 from Mississippi. In four games with Norfolk, he went scoreless with a +1 rating.
Langley Chiefs 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 0
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Tri-City Americans 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play
Lethbridge Hurricanes 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-0-1, E, 17 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting major-game misconduct), *Second Star*
The line of Zach Boychuck, Fadden, and Colton Sceviour (Dallas 4th round 2007) combined for 7 points and 39 PIM as they all received fighting majors in a brawl that took place with just over a minute left in the one-sided game. The three took all three star awards for the game, with Boychuck being the first star for his 2+1.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk General Manager Claude Loiselle were scheduled to be in Edmonton last night for the Oil Kings-Medicine Hat Tigers game.
The Tigers won the game 7-1. Notable draft eligible players (CSS Midterm rankings)include:
The days of former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey may be numbered as the Canadian Press reported over the weekend that the Mississippi Sea Wolves have signed former NHL first round pick Maxime Ouellet. Ouellet has been playing in Europe this season.
"I'm really excited to be joining the Sea Wolves," Ouellet said after signing Friday. "I'm happy to be able to return to North America, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this team in the run for the playoffs".
Following last Wednesday night's ECHL All-Star game in Stockton, CA, the Mississippi Sea Wolves had the unenviable task of starting the second half of the season with a three-in-three on the road against the ECHL's best team - the Texas Wildcatters. And just like that, all that momentum of a 10-2 January run to the All-Star game vanishes as the Wolves go 0-3 in Beaumont. Ryan Munce gave up 10 goals in two games, bringing the young goalie back to earth after a other-worldly run in 8 games prior to the All-Star event. Brandon Elliott played this weekend for the first time since early December.
No.1 Michigan 2 @ No.6 Michigan State 2 (OT)
D Kevin Quick, UM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal
Quick took a hard elbow to the head in the first period, drawing a penalty. The freshman maintained a regular shift throughout this highly competitive game, but got caught out of position on a couple of occasions resulting in MSU scoring chances and was picked from behind trying to carry the puck out of his zone in overtime that eventually resulted in a MSU power play. Michigan was only able to tie this game thanks to a penalty in front of the MSU keeper that wasn't called and a Spartan defenseman who tried to bat the airborne puck with his glove away from the net but instead knocked it behind his goalie for an own-goal. Ironically, MSU beat UM the night before on an own-goal.
Vermont 2 @ No.14 Massachusetts 2 (OT)
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)
Saturday night's highlights:
- Cunti finding his groove
- Ward getting offensive
- Jung does his part, but Rockets fall
That one hurts.
Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the loss.
NOR Lessard, (13) (Henrich, Smolenak), 1:31
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Keller, Stewart), 6:57
ALB Flood, (7) (Johnson, Gove), 3:57 (PP)
ALB Johnson, (10) (Angelidis, Petruzalek), 6:04 (PP)
NOR Scalzo, (4) (Lessard), 11:49
ALB Dwyer, (6) (Aucoin, Gove), 19:32
ALB Nolan, (20) (Petruzalek, Carson), 4:44 (PP)
Marc Denis was perfect through two periods and was staked a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame. Disappointingly, the team allowed 2 quick goals and it was 2-2. Mario Scalzo scored the go ahead marker midway through the third only to see Albany tie the game with 28 seconds left. Barf.
Radek Smolenak stretched his point scoring streak to five games.
Junior Lessard and Paul Szczechura were named second and third stars of the game, respectively.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle are making their way around Western Canada this weekend seeing some of the Lightning's current and potential draftees in action.
The Vancouver Province's Steve Ewen caught up with Feaster in Vancouver Friday night after a Giants and Tri-City Americans game. The game featured Colton Yellow Horn, who played for the Lightning in Traverse City in September and tried out for the Admirals. The 5'8" 180 pound Yellow Horn is currently third in WHL scoring with 35 goals and 66 points in 44 games.