Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A fell to Lukko Jr. A 5-2.
Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A beat HIFK Jr. A 2-1.
Matias Sointu was still out as Ilves Jr. A defeated Karpat Jr. A 2-0.
Matias Sointu is still out. Ilves Jr. A beat Lahti Jr. A 2-1 in overtime.
Back-to-back wins against teams that have traditionally tortured the Lightning. Nice.
Mike Smith stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win.
08:06 OTT Vermette, (Schubert, Foligno)(PP)
14:09 TB Lecavalier, (Krajicek, Prospal)
14:48 OTT Heatley, (Kuba, Vermette)
13:48 TB Carle, (Prospal, Krajicek)
OTT- Spezza, Ruutu
TB- Jokinen, St. Louis, Artyukhin
Ottawa tastes defeat at the shootout hands of the bottomless pit, Evgeny Artyukhin.
In past years, if the Lightning had the Sabres and Senators back-to-back on the schedule, most Lightning fans would be happy with 2 points and not getting blown out in either game, so this is the first time I can honestly say Barry Melrose and OK Hockey have changed the on-ice dynamic of the team for the better. The Lightning are now 4-3-3 on the season, thanks largely to the incredible goaltending of Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig, and look like a team that is finally getting its footing. At the very least, Vincent Lecavalier is looking hot as a flamethrower right now.
Steven Stamkos had 3 shots on goal and was 38% on draws in 13:54.
That's a bitter pill to swallow.
Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
POR Mancari, (5) (Darche, Kennedy), 19:54
NOR Rosehill, (1) (Kearns, Lawrence), 5:26
POR Kennedy, (3) (Darche, Baier), 13:48
POR Fretter, (2) (Schutz, Mancari), 15:24
NOR Segal, (5) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 17:55
NOR Segal, (6) (Szczechura, Boyle), 2:48
POR Darche, (1) (Kennedy, Kostka), 6:51
POR Schutz, (2) (Weber, Mancari), 11:47
Portland found out that Brandon Segal is Hard to Kill, as he finished the game's second star.
This was a tough one. The Admirals battled out of a two goal hole to tie the game early in the final period, only to see their opportunities dissolve in the final 15 minutes of the game. The team is still struggling to come together defensively and they really only have one line going at this time. It hasn't helped matters that the Ads have had a bruising schedule early one. Portland, for instance, came to town in first place in their division. Darren Rumble has to hope his defense comes around with more experience, and he has to try to find a line combination other than Smolenak/Szczechura/Segal that can put the puck in the net consistently. It wouldn't hurt if one of the goaltenders would step up and steal a couple of games to help the club get their feet underneath them.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
With Lynx captain Aaron Slattengren signing an AHL contract with Portland (and scoring against the Admirals) on Thursday and Justin Keller still out of the lineup due to injury, the Augusta offense was on short circuit as the Lynx was blanked 5-0 by the Charlotte Checkers. Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 31 shots for his first regulation loss of the season.
Augusta 0 @ Reading 5
G Riku Helenius: 5 GA; 60 MIN; 31 SH; 26 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM; 2 SOG
W Justin Keller: did not play
Augusta next plays on November 5th in Biloxi against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2 (Tuesday)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM + Game (checking from behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-11-17, 34 PIM
Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-12, -3, 12 PIM
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM
Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 28 saves, *Third Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-3-0-2, 1.60 GAA, .950 sv%, 3 shutouts
Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No.20 Harvard Crimson 4 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Killorn earned a primary assist in his first official collegiate game. He had a goal in an exhibition match-up for the Crimson.
Providence Friars 4 @ UMass Minutemen 9 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +7, 6 PIM
There continues to be a large disconnect in Norfolk between the talent the team has on paper and the results that are showing up on ice.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 18 shots in the loss.
POR Kennedy, (2) (Mancari, Darche), 10:16
POR Schutz, (1) (Bonneau, Fretter), 11:01
POR Gerbe, (7) (Gragnani, Baier), 15:10
POR Slattengren, (1) (Murphy), 4:52
Box score from TheAHL.com.
PEI Rocket 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MON: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-11-15, +9, 8 PIM
Moncton is first overall in the league at 15-0-2-0, setting a record earning points in the first 17 games of the season. The 1972-73 Quebec Remparts held the previous league record for best start to a season by earning points in the first 16 games.
Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Brampton Battalion 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (interference, hooking)
Season totals: DeCoste: 12 GP, 3-2-5, -4, 17 PIM
Of Note: Both Dana Tyrell and Dustin Tokarski were named to Team WHL for the upcoming ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. They are the only two Lightning prospects named to the WHL, OHL, or QMJHL teams as Mark Barberio was passed over for the Q's squad.
Sioux Falls Stampede 1 @ Fargo Force 2
D Luke Witkowski, FAR: 1-0-1,+1, 19 PIM (interference, checking from behind, fighting, 10 min misconduct), 4 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 26 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s first goal of the year was the game winner for Fargo in their home debut.
Now, that's what OK Hockey must've had in mind this summer.
Olaf Kolzig stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win.
09:51 TB Stamkos (1), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
10:30 TB Jokinen (2), (Artyukhin, Recchi)
11:12 BUF MacArthur (5), (Paille, Spacek)
19:34 TB Malone (2), (Stamkos)
13:10 TB Ranger (1), (Gratton, Lecavalier)
15:00 TB Stamkos (2), (Hall)
19:40 BUF Vanek (9), (Sekera, Spacek)(PP)
Steven Stamkos, who got his first NHL point in the Lightning's last game, exploded for 2 goals and an assist and first star honors. I've taken some flack for this on the Bolt Prospects message boards, but I honestly believe this young man has the best shot of any 18 year old I've seen come into the league since Kovalchuk. You get the feeling the floodgates may have finally opened in this game for young #91.
Stamkos played 13:47 and was +2 with 4 shots on goal and 2 hits. He was also 25% on draws in the contest.
Augusta Lynx Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations John Marks announced today that the Lynx have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mike Brodeur. Brodeur, a 2003 7th round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, played 13 AHL games for Norfolk and Rockford between the 2004-05 and 2007-08 seasons. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound netminder is a veteran of 88 career ECHL games with a record of 46-34-8 and a 0.922 save percentage and 2.65 GAA. Marks has coached Brodeur twice before at Pensacola and Greenville. "Mike's a reliable goaltender who has the talent to play in the NHL," Marks said. "I'm very excited to be working with him again."
Veteran Lynx netminder Joel Martin was released from his contract today after struggling in 3 starts with a 4.08 GAA and a 0.867 save percentage. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius is among the rookie goaltending leaders in the ECHL with a record of 2-0-1 and a 0.924 save percentage and 2.53 GAA in 3 starts.
Lighting training camp invitee Sean O'Connor was also released from his contract today by the Lynx.