Game Night 2/28: Panthers at Lightning

The Lightning's game readiness still hasn't gotten back from Torino. Hopefully it will by Saturday. FLA-8 TB-2 Ryan Craig scored his 10th of the season on the power play, the game's lone silver lining. Post mortem by [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020867.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Returns to Elitserien

Even in Sweden, home of the triumphant Olympic gold medal winning team, it was back to business today. Fredrik Norrena, fresh off winning a silver medal as backup on Team Finland, jumped back into action defeating Mora 5-1. He stopped 27 of 28 shots faced to improve his record to 19-9-5. Unfortunately, Bolt Prospects has learned that Norrena's annual ritual of playing footsie with the Lightning in contract negotiations before leaving the team at the alter has finally put GM Jay Feaster past the breaking point. The team now claims zero interest in signing Norrena due to the goaltender backing out of a solid agreement with the Lightning just before the IIHF signing deadline this year. The contract would've been a relatively lucrative one year deal which, because it was his first coming out of Europe, wouldn't have required him to be fed through waivers in the event of a callup. The team still has strong interest in signing Karri Ramo out of Finland and will attempt to sign Vasily Koshechkin if he is free and clear of any contractual obligations to Lada Togliatti for next season.

CHL Stat Pack

The following are statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League as of February 28. Last season's stats are listed below 2005-06 stats. Key: Games Played, Goals-Assists-Points, Penalty Minutes, Plus/Minus, Power Play Goals, Shorthanded Goals, Game Winning Goals Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 56GP, 39-76-115, 86PIM, (+33), 15 PPG, 3 SHG, 6 GWG (2005: 53 GP, 18-72-90, 42 PIM, E) Justin Keller, RW, Kelowna (WHL): 61GP, 46-33-79, 68PIM, (+6), 19 PPG, 2 SHG, 9 GWG (2005: 72 GP, 31-22-53, 103 PIM, +14) Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL): 63GP, 30-40-70, 79PIM, (+20), 14 PPG, 1 SHG

Keller Named WHL Player of the Week

(WHL Release) The Greyhound WHL Player of the Week is forward Justin Keller of the Kelowna Rockets. Keller earned player of the week honors by recording seven goals and nine points in four games, including five power-play goals and a game-winning goal during the week of February 20th to February 26th. Keller also had a plus-minus rating of +4 and was named the game’s 1st Star in three of the four games while helping the Rockets to a perfect 4-0 record for the week. Keller is the first WHL player this season to capture the weekly award twice, winning the award in December. On Tuesday, February 21st, Keller recorded two goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win against the visiting Spokane Chiefs. On Friday, February 24th, Keller scored two goals in a 5-3 win against the visiting Kootenay Ice.

CHL Tonight: 2/27

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no games in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] There were no games in the OHL tonight. Marek Bartanus' Owen Sound Attack will play Erie Wednesday night. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games in the WHL tonight. Tomorrow night Blair Jones and Justin Keller will be in action.

CHL Tonight: 2/26:

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek scored his 39th goal of the season, on the power play, as Chicoutimi defeated Cape Breton 2-1. He was named first star of the game. Mark Tobin had a power play goal, his 25th goal of the season, and 3 assists as Rimouski got a rare win clubbing Rouyn-Noranda 7-2. Tobin was named the game's second star. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech stopped 28 of 31 shots faced as Sudbury defeated Windsor 4-3. Beech's record moves to 29-22-1-4 this season. Marek Bartanus was again a scratch as Owen Sound fell to Guelph 5-1. Owen Sound managed just 18 shots on goal in the contest. [b]WHL[/b] Justin Keller scored his 46th goal of the season and added a power play assist as Kelowna beat Seattle 4-2. Keller was named the game's number one star and has moved back into a tie with Troy Brower for the league lead in goals. He is also tied for 3rd in the league in scoring with Dustin Boyd. Blair Jones was held scoreless as Calgary defeated Moose Jaw 2-1.

Game Day 2/26: Titans at Chiefs

Johnstown gets another big win. TRE-3 JHN-4 Morgan Cey stopped 24 of 27 shots faced to improve his record to 14-7-5 on the season. Johnstown outshot the defending ECHL champions 44-27 in the contest. Zbynek Hrdel had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs as did Joe Tallari. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2916]ECHL.com.[/url]

Congratulations to the Lightning's Olympic Medalists

[b]Gold[/b] Fredrik Modin [b]Silver[/b] Fredrik Norrena [b]Bronze[/b] Pavel Kubina Vaclav Prospal I'm extremely happy for Fredrik Modin. He's been one of the classiest players in the Lightning's history since joining the team 6-7 years ago. Now he's won a Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal in the span of about a year and a half. I can think of few players who deserve it more. Back to work Tuesday.

CHL Tonight: 2/25

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no Lightning prospects in action in the QMJHL today. [b]OHL[/b] Chris Lawrence assisted on Mississauga's only goal as they were defeated by Peterborough 5-1. Marek Bartanus, likely injured, was scratched for his fourth straight game as Kitchener beat Owen Sound 4-2. Bolt Prospects is still looking into Bartanus' status. Radek Smolenak scored his 35th goal of the season as Kingston toppled Barrie 4-3. Smolenak's 35 goals and 72 points through 56 games has already eclipsed his rookie total of 32 goals and 60 points he had in 67 games last season. His plus/minus has also improved by 26 points this year even though the Frontenacs lost Florida Panthers first round pick Anthony Stewart to the pros this season. [b]WHL[/b] Justin Keller scored his 100th WHL goal (44th of the year) in the second period of the Rockets game in Kennewick, Washington vs. Tri-Cities. Keller banged in a rebound for his fifth goal in his last three games. In the third period, Keller finished off a tic-tac-toe play on the power play for his 45th goal of the year. Kelowna won 4-3. He moves back into 4th in the WHL in scoring with the night's effort and is now just 1 goal back of Moose Jaw's Troy Brouwer for the league lead in goals. Vladimir Mihalik assisted on Red Deer's only goal in a 5-1 loss to Medicine Hat. The point was Vladimir's 11th of the season.

Game Night 2/25: Bombers at Chiefs

Mike Betz wins his first game as a Chief in the shootout. DAY-4 JHN-5 (SO) Betz made 27 saves on 31 shots faced before winning in the penalty shots. Brett Peterson and Jean Desrochers each had a goal and an assist in the game. Betz defeated goaltender David Currie who, you'll remember, started the season in Johnstown before being dealt to the Victoria Salmon Kings after Morgan Cey returned from his early season groin injury. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2905]ECHL.com.[/url]
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