My apologies for the tardiness....I spent the weekend moving back to the Tampa area.
Mike Lundin and #7 Maine had a tough weekend, splitting the series with Northeastern. Maine dropped Friday's game 6-1 and needing overtime on Saturday to beat the Huskies 2-1. Lundin was scoreless for the series and finished a -4 with 2 PIM.
John Wessbecker and UMASS had a pretty good weekend, knocking off rival UMASS-Lowell on Friday 6-3. Wessbecker was a +2 with 2 PIM. On Saturday, the Minutemen drew a tie against another rival in #6 Boston University 3-3. Wessbecker was +1.
Northern Michigan and center Dusty Collins took a hard hit in the standings, being swept by Nebraska-Omaha. They fell Friday 6-3 and Saturday 6-1. Collins was scoreless and -2 in Friday's contest and Saturday compiled a total of 14 PIM, given a 10-minute misconduct toward the end of the game.
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 29, 2007:
SLU = Since Last Update (January 8)
*= Team leader in that category
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus Rating, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (23-20-6; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
SLU: 8 Games Played; 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM
2006-07: 38 Games Played; 4-12-16, -9, 41 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Erie Otters (12-34-3; 5th of 5 in Midwest Division, last in OHL)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Erie): 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Sudbury): 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2006-07 (totals): 44 Games Played; 18-17-6, 3.33 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06 (Sudbury): 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga IceDogs (30-16-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 11-5-16, +5, 18 PIM
2006-07: 44 Games Played; 35*-30-65*, +25, 88 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with SSM/Miss.)
Current OHL Rankings: 4th in goals, 19th in points
Western Hockey League
Defense, Everett Silvertips (40-7-2; 1st of 5 in American Division, 1st in WHL, clinched playoff spot)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Everett): 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Sw.Ct.): 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2006-07 (Totals): 40 Games Played; 7-19-26, +10, 98 PIM
2005-06 (SK/SC): 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM
Defense, Prince George Cougars (19-23-6; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
SLU: 5 Games Played; 2-0-2, +2, 9 PIM
2006-07: 29 Games Played; 5-9-14, -2, 49 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Mike Lundin and his high-ranked U of Maine teammates will be taking on New Hampshire this coming weekend broadcast on CSTV. Just a heads up for some of you guys with cable/satellite that might want to checkout Lundin.
Mississauga is putting up goal-totals like it's in the Q.
Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a goal and 2 assists as Mississauga put up double-digits on Kingston, 10-2. Lawrence's goal was his 35th of the year. He was also plus-2 and had 4 PIM, which included 2 minutes for "check-to-the-head." He was named the game's third star.
Dane Crowley and Everett needed overtime to beat expansion Chilliwack, 4-3. Crowley had an assist in the game and was plus-1.
Note: Lightning CHL stat update coming soon.
Have we mentioned he's just 20? Karri Ramo continued to expand his reputation as a wunderkind tonight in winning the Top Goaltender Award at the AHL Skills Competition. Ramo tied for best in the competition with 15 saves including 7 of 10 in the rapid fire, 3 of 3 in the 3-on-0 event and 4
5 of 6 in the breakaway event. Congratulations to Karri on another great night in an already great rookie season.
Unfortunately, it looks like things might be getting a little worse in Johnstown before they get better.
Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 32 shots faced in his first start since returning from a groin injury. Randy Rowe scored the lone Chiefs goal off an assist from Jean Desrochers. Rowe was named the third star of the game.
One small editorial: where is Zbynek Hrdel? Other than the side of a milk carton? Hrdel is scoreless in his last 5 games and has just 1 assist in his last 7 at a level of hockey where he should be a consistent scoring line player. Hrdel has another year on his contract after this one, but he's quietly playing himself out of the organization, in my opinion, unless he starts to pick it up.
DAY Herneisen, (7) (Tifu, Maiser), 14:35
DAY Walton, (11) (Farynuk, Maiser), 2:13 (PP)
JHN Rowe, (11) (Desrochers), 6:13
DAY Cullen, (5) (Farynuk, Ford), 1:29 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Kazan. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Kazan.
Through 40 games, Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points with 161 penalty minutes and an even rating. He is currently second in the Superleague in penalty minutes well back of former Lightning tough guy Reid Simpson.
In 39 games with Kazan, the older Kazionov has 9 goals and 18 points with 20 penalty minutes and a +15 rating. His +/- is currently the 9th best in the Superleague.
Kevin Beech played just one period against the Kitchener Rangers tonight, stopping only 13 of 17 shots. He was pulled after the first period. The Rangers went on to beat Erie 8-1 in Erie.
The Rangers remain one point behind London in the Midwest Division thanks to London's 8-2 win over Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound in Owen Sound. Bartanus' pointless streak hit 11 games as he was scoreless. He was also minus-2, which extends his streak without finishing a game with a plus rating to 23.
In the WHL, Prince George fell to Tri-City for the second straight night, this time 4-2. Both games were played in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point, but was plus-1 and had 2 PIM.
Dane Crowley and Everett made the short trip to Seattle and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1. Crowley's four game point streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Well, it's a fair sight better than getting killed 7-2 like the last time they played Augusta.
Morgan Cey stopped 22 of 26 shots through 40 minutes before giving way to Gerald Coleman who stopped just 3 of 5 shots faced to take the hard luck loss in relief. Brandon Elliot, amazingly, led the Chiefs offensively with 2 goals and 1 assist while Dimitri Tarabrin had 1 goal and 2 assists. Stanislav Lascek also had a multi-point night with 1 goal and 1 assist as well as a game high 9 shots on goal. Ben Wallace, Jean Desrochers, Grant Jacobsen and John Adams each had individual helpers. Elliot and Tarabrin were named the game's second and third stars.
JHN Tarabrin, (7) (Adams, Lascek), 4:53
AUG Tardy, (3) (Bembridge, Johnson), 6:35 (PP)
AUG Scuderi, (3) (Johnson, Bembridge), 13:06 (PP)
AUG Bembridge, (6) (Scuderi), 8:47
AUG Johnson, (13) , 13:53 (SH)
JHN Elliott, (7) (Tarabrin, Jacobsen), 19:07 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (8) (Wallace, Desrochers), 3:18
JHN Lascek, (7) (Tarabrin, Elliott), 7:00 (PP)
AUG Goulet, (19) (Lang), 11:46 (SH)
AUG Blanchard, (9) (Bembridge, Johnson), 17:46 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Unfortunately, I think this may go down as the weekend that killed any legitimate playoff hopes for the Falcons.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the loss but was named second star of the game. Andy Delmore had the only Falcons goal.
PHI Zingoni, (9) (Slaney, Ellison), 4:02 (PP)
PHI Ellison, (6) (Davis, Kane), 15:53
SPR Delmore, (12) , 14:10
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.