Went to the fridge this morning to get some milk for my cereal, and saw Kvapil, Smolenak, and Hrdel's pictures on the side of the carton. I'm sure the Sea Wolves management must be going back through the team files to make sure they really did sign an affiliation agreement with the Lightning this summer. Perhaps it was just a bad dream.
After seven Mississippi games, I would considering posting the Lightning ECHL stats so far, if there were any stats to report. One word: pathetic. I can only apologize to the good fans of the Gulfport and Biloxi area. But my apologies certainly aren't going to help wins games unfortunately. But Kvapil and Smolenak could certainly help win games. Alas.
Mississippi now off to a 1-6 start after a 4-0 shutout by the Texas Wildcatters on Sunday.
Texas 4 @ Mississippi 0
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 35 shots enroute to his sixth loss of the season.
Here's a sports announcerism: if you don't score you can't win.
Ryan Munce stopped 28 of 31 shots faced as the Admirals once again squandered a quality start by one of their netminders.
BRI Kinasewich, (1) (Regier), 18:04
BRI Morency, (1) , 7:05
BRI Tambellini, (4) (Fata, Rullier), 17:50
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Merrimack 1 @ Massachusetts 5
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0 2 shots, even
Wessbecker starting to shoot a little more...UMASS (3-2-2) takes on Boston University (2-4-1) this coming Friday night.
#2 Michigan 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha 2
D Mich Kevin Quick 0-0-0 +1, 2 PIM
Quick rotated back into the lineup as Michigan continues to play well to start the season. He was scratched in Friday nights 6-3 win over Nebraska-Omaha.
The annual Karjala Cup, a leg of the yearly Euro Tour of the best club players from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden, is slated to begin on Thursday as he European leagues are all winding down toward the Karjala Cup break. Two Lightning properties are currently slated to play in the tournament: Russian winger Anton But and Swedish defenseman Andreas Holmqvist.
The break is also a period of significant transfer activity and with several Lightning prospects in contractual limbo, the break may offer some interesting outcomes for players like Evgeny Artyukhin, Denis Kazionov, and Vasily Koshechkin. We shall see.
I'm not going to lie, there's not much to report from Saturday night. However, game results from Lewiston, Kelowna, Seattle, and Lethbridge are available on the flip.
Don't know if this is THE roster move or just another chance to get him some playing time, but Matt Smaby has been sent back down to Norfolk of the AHL.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 21 shots for the loss.
In fairness, the effort level has been there both in this game and the game against the Islanders. The Lightning outshot the Thrashers 34-22 and at times made Atlanta look like a junior team defensively. They could've (and probably should've) scored 8-9 goals tonight but did not finish their chances. Atlanta then capitalized on a rope-a-dope strategy that completely relied on counterattacking on the rush after surviving wave after wave of Lightning scoring chances generated both on the rush and on the forecheck.
The backchecking by the forwards tonight was suspect and some defensive details weren't handled. That needs to be minded in practice. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, that's the good news.
How good would Norfolk's goaltenders be if they could get even a smidge of goal support?
Jonathan Boutin stopped 38 of 39 shots in overtime and regulation before falling 2-1 in the penalty shot session. In 4 games this season Boutin now has a 1.76 GAA and .950 save percentage and still, somehow finds himself at 1-1-1 on the season.
NOR Lampman, (1) (Wanvig, Milley), 17:41 (PP)
WBS Goligoski, (2) (Ardelan, McLean), 2:49 (PP)
WBS- Brent, Taffe
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 5-3 loss to Farjestads. Former Lightning prospect Eero Somervuori had a goal in the game for Farjestads.
Despite an Andreas Holmqvist power play assist on a two man advantage, Frolunda was crushed 7-2 by Sodertalje. Former Lightning players Kristian Kudroc and Martin Cibak each had assists in the game for Sodertalje.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless as Cherepovets fell to Tver 5-3.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 3-2 shootout win over Nizhnekamsk.
Anton But scored the game's only goal in St. Petersburg's 1-0 win over Novokuznetsk.