There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...
Kevin Beech stopped just 17 of 21 shots faced before being lifted in the second period of Sudbury's 6-3 loss to Oshawa.
The Marek Bartanus-less Owen Sound Attack were soundly beaten 5-0 today by Plymouth.
Dane Crowley had a pair of assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes as Swift Current fell to Saskatoon 5-2. Crowley extended his point scoring streak to 6 games.
This one was pretty easy...
After splitting the past couple of seasons between teams in Switzerland and Australia, former Lightning captain Rob Zamuner has retired and accepted an assistant coaching position with the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL. Mississauga is, of course, the club of Lightning 2005 3rd round pick Chris Lawrence who leads all Lightning junior prospects in scoring thus far this season.
Dusty Collins was scoreless with a -2 rating in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Notre Dame.
The Wildcat's fall to 7-12-2 overall and 4-9-1 in the CCHA. They host Ferris State (4-12-3, 2-9-2 CCHA) this coming weekend.
This summer Bolt Prospects made the decision to remove Andreas Holmqvist from our prospects page upon the Lightning releasing an organizational roster that had omitted Andreas. This week we received some gentle prodding that his removal might have been premature, so we've returned him to the prospects page and we'll begin doing regular updates on his games in the Swedish Elitserien for Linkopings beginning with the club's next game on January 2nd.
Holmqvist has 5 goals and 12 points through 31 games this season with 34 penalty minutes with a +1 rating. He has also appeared for Sweden in two legs of the Euro Tour. Holmqvist had 1 goal in 3 games with 2 penalty minutes and a -2 rating in the Ceske Poijstovna Cup and he was scoreless in 3 games at the recent Channel One Cup.
In related news, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was 1-0-1 at the Channel One Cup losing to Sweden in penalty shots 1-0 and shutting out Finland 3-0. He finished the tournament 1-0-1 with a 0.48 GAA and .978 save percentage.
The Chiefs' offense seems to be warming up.
Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 35 shots faced for the win. The game was Cey's 4th start in 5 nights and he finishes the marathon stretch in Gerald Coleman's absence at 2-2-0. Doug Andress continued his strong season with a pair of goals while Dimitri Tarabrin, PJ Atherton and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers. The other Falcons goals were scored by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich. Andre Deveaux and Grant Jacobsen each had individual helpers. Andress, Tarabrin and Cey were the game's three stars.
TOL Sitko, (2) , 14:02
JHN Andress, (8) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:22
JHN Andress, (9) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 7:07
JHN Henrich, (8) (Jacobsen, Atherton), 1:02
TOL James, (2) (Burke, Blight), 3:01 (PP)
JHN Hrdel, (3) (Deveaux, Martens), 10:21
JHN Elliott, (6) (Martens, Atherton), 14:50 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
The 4th game in 5 nights was an awfully tough assignment.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss. Manchester extends their Atlantic Division lead to six points with the Falcons still holding a game in hand. Rookie Andy Rogers led all Falcons with 4 shots on goal.
MCH Clarke, (12) (Gauthier, Moulson), 13:29 (PP)
MCH Jackman, (7) (Harrold), 2:33 (SH)
MCH Werner, (3) (Giuliano, Kanko), 5:09
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Slovakia finished a U20 World Junior Championships round robin it would likely forget today by dropping its final game to Canadia 3-0. Slovakia fell to 0-4 in the tournament and now moves into the relegation round. Vladimir Mihalik was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus was even with a team leading 5 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes.