The St. Cloud Times reports Lightning prospect Luca Cunti, despite being cleared academically, is still without amateur clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Cunti has been practicing all season with St. Cloud State but has been unable to play for the Huskies without clearance. The Times reports his amateur status remains in question due to Cunti playing in a men's league in his native Switzerland prior to coming to North America.
The paper also says Cunti is listed among 31 forwards as candidates for the Swiss team at the upcoming World Junior Championships, though Cunti says he will not play in the tournament.
Cunti also told the Times he will make a decision about his future before Christmas if his status with the NCAA is still in limbo.
Cunti was drafted by the Chicago Steel of the USHL last spring. He could maintain amateur eligibility for the NCAA by playing in the USHL.
Chilliwack Bruins 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (SO)
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, 16 saves on 19 shots.
Helenius moved to one game over .500 by stopping all 3 Chilliwack shootout attempts. Seattle outshot the Bruins 38-19 in the game, but were outshot 3-1 in overtime.
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Faddenâ€™s scoreless streak has reached 4 games and 6 of 7. The Hurricanesâ€™ 5 game win streak was snapped.
Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Regina Pats 4
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did Not Play.
Penticton Vees 7 @ Victoria Grizzlies 2
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (roughing)
Ron Hextallâ€™s son, Brett, was 1-3-4 in the game for the Vees and was named first star. Brett has committed to the University of North Dakota.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Fadden has not registered a point in 5 of his last 6 games.
Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Prince George Cougars 2 (OT)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Tyrell has gone scoreless in 7 of his last 10 games.
Portland Winter Hawks 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 7
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did Not Play.
Helenius will likely get the start today (Sunday) against Chilliwack.
Where was this Adam Henrich two years ago?
Karri Ramo stopped 28 of 31 shots for the win to even his record at 2-2-0 on the season. It does not escape notice that the decision to play Karri back to back nights after facing a barrage in Philadelphia smacks of an organization rushing Karri back into game condition for a possible recall to Tampa.
NOR Milley, (7) (Henrich, Jancevski), 6:23
WBS Stone, (2) (Smith, Ardelan), 18:48
NOR Klinkhammer, (3) (Henrich, Wanvig), 6:34
WBS Taffe, (12) (Filewich), 19:22
NOR Keller, (5) (Jancevski, Henrich), 0:24 (PP)
NOR Henrich, (5) (Leach, Keller), 8:23
WBS Bonvie, (1) (James, Taffe), 12:25
NOR Stewart, (6) (Milley), 19:59 (EN)
What the hell has gotten into Adam Henrich? Adding his ridiculous 1 goal and 3 assist night tonight in with the rest of his production since getting called up from Wheeling of the ECHL and the former 2002 2nd round pick is now sitting with 5 goals and 11 points in 6 games this season. Are you kidding?
Also picking up his production of late is diminutive Justin Keller who dropped 1 goal and 1 assist tonight. In his past 9 games, Keller has 4 goals and 10 points. That may not be Adam Henrich type production (are you kidding!?!?), but it's pretty impressive nonetheless.
Seriously, if Adam Henrich really comes off the scrap heap to finally fulfill his potential Steve Stirling ought to be named not just AHL Coach of the Year, but Coach of the Galaxy for Infinity. I would've never entertained the notion of Henrich earning another contract in a million years, but how can the organization ignore this kind of production right now? At bare minimum you'd have to think Henrich is in line to get his PTO formalized into a full AHL contract with the Ads.
The Admirals improved to 10-13-3 on the season and while their 23 points put them at second to last in the division, they are just 3 points behind Binghamton for the final playoff spot in the division.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
I'm still bitter Rick Dudley traded Mike Sillinger for Ryan Johnson.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 30 of 33 shots in the overtime loss.
NY Islanders 12:09, Bill Guerin 6 (Mike Comrie)
Tampa Bay 3:51, Brad Richards 9 (power play) (Mathieu Darche, Vaclav Prospal)
NY Islanders 10:45, Andy Hilbert 2 (Trent Hunter)
Tampa Bay 13:39, Brad Richards 10 (power play) (Michel Ouellet, Vincent Lecavalier)
NY Islanders 4:32, Mike Sillinger 6 (Chris Campoli, Josef Vasicek)
Mathieu Darche had an assist and was -1 in 20:15 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot.
Mike Lundin played just 11:52 of even hockey.
Friday night's highlights:
- Fadden vs. Jung
- A WHL first for Helenius
- Future Bolt starring for Everett not named "Crowley"? (video)