Submitted by pete on January 16, 2006 - 20:51
Mired in a month long winless streak the Springfield Falcons finally opted to make wholesale changes today recalling a trio of Lightning prospects from Johnstown of the ECHL. [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6695]According to ECHL.com[/url], the Falcons have recalled defensemen Mike Egener and Gerard Dicaire as well as left wing Adam Henrich. No word as yet on any roster moves in Springfield which might involve Randy Rowe and John Adams amongst others.
Submitted by pete on January 15, 2006 - 16:40
The 2006 draft class is widely considered to be a dud in waiting, but the best of the CHL's prospects [url=http://www.chl.ca/CHLTopProspects/home.html]will convene for the annual CHL Top Prospects Game Wednesday in Ottawa at 7pm.[/url] The game will be preceeded by the all important skills competition at 7pm on Tuesday. The skills competition, since 2000, has often yielded clues to the Lightning's draft selections and the team has actively sought out players who are in the upper crust of prospects with skating ability. Past participants in the CHL Top Prospects game who had good skills testing results and were drafted by the Lightning include Nikita Alexeev (Erie, OHL), Adam Henrich (Brampton, OHL), Mike Egener (Calgary, WHL), Paul Ranger (Oshawa, OHL) and Andy Rogers (Calgary, WHL). [b]Participating Prospects[/b] [url=http://www.chl.ca/CHLTopProspects/2006_ohl.html]OHL Prospects[/url] [url=http://www.chl.ca/CHLTopProspects/2006_qmjhl.html]QMJHL Prospects[/url] [url=http://www.chl.ca/CHLTopProspects/2006_whl.html]WHL Prospects[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 15, 2006 - 00:01
Jonathan Boutin has only had a couple of bad starts all season... er, make that three. TOL-7 JHN-3 Boutin and the Chiefs suffered a terrible third period in which they allowed 4 goals as the Toledo Storm walked to victory. Boutin made just 29 saves on 35 shots in the loss. Among Lightning prospects, Adam Henrich assisted on a Brady Greco power play goal in the second period which, at the time, allowed the Chiefs to narrow their deficit to 3-2 just before the 2nd intermission. But three unanswered goals in third period sealed it for the Storm. Johnstown now drops back to a game under .500. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2689]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 14, 2006 - 23:54
The Falcons' winless streak is now at 13 games. SPR-3 SYR-5 Brian Eklund stopped just 25 of 29 shots before Syracuse added an empty net goal at game's end. Once again, Springfield's goaltending allowed 4 or more goals despite the defense allowing under 30 shots against. Defensemen Ray Schultz and Timo Helbling both scored their first goals in a Falcons uniform. Schultz also tacked on an assist in his second game with the Falcons. Nick Tarnasky also potted a goal for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001570]TheAHL.com. [/url]
Submitted by pete on January 14, 2006 - 13:39
Lightning overage prospect winger Anton But posted three assists today to help the Lokomotiv roll over SKA St. Peterburg 8-3. Yaroslavl is third on the Superleague table just one point back of Omsk in the standings. But is currently 4th in the Superleague in scoring with 14 goals and 35 points in 38 games. He is also tied for 5th in the league in goals and is 4th in the league in assists. Alexander Polushin was again a scratch for Severstal Cherepovets. Bolt Prospects is currently looking into the 2001 second round pick's status.
Submitted by pete on January 14, 2006 - 13:32
Andreas Holmqvist had 2 assists today and Linkopings defeated Vastra Frolunda 5-4. Fredrik Norrena stopped 27 of 31 shots faced to improve his record to 17-8-5 this season. Frolunda is currently 2nd on the Elitserien table and saw their lead over third place Linkopings shrink to three points after the loss. Through 33 games, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist has 4 goals, 13 points and 46 penalty minutes. His +7 rating is the third best among Linkopings' blueliners.
Submitted by pete on January 14, 2006 - 13:27
HPK made sure their young netminder Karri Ramo's return to the lineup after being gone for a month for the Rosno Cup break and World Junior Championships would be an easy one today. His club scored 6 goals in the second period en route to destroying Jokerit 10-2. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced for the victory. His record improves to 5-3-3 on the season. Ramo currently ranks 4th in the SM-liiga with a 1.79 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Submitted by pete on January 14, 2006 - 00:33
Former Springfield Falcons head coach Marc Potvin [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2291450]was found dead tonight in Kalamazoo, MI just hours before his Adirondack Frostbite were to take the ice for a UHL game.[/url] Potvin coached two seasons in Springfield including the '01-'02 season which was the first of a joint affiliation the Falcons had with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the players Potvin coached were current Lightning players Dimitry Afanasenkov and Martin Cibak as well as current Falcons players Jason Jaspers and Harlan Pratt. While head coach of the Frostbite, Potvin also coached Chiefs center Justin Kelly. Bolt Prospects send condolences to Potvin's family.
Submitted by pete on January 13, 2006 - 22:19
Another tough result against Reading... REA-4 JHN-3 The Chiefs coughed up a lead in the third period and once again were defeated by Reading despite the fact they once again outshot the Royals by a wide margin (41-26 tonight). Morgan Cey took the loss stopping just 22 of 26 shots faced. Gerard Dicaire continued to heat up offensively with 1G 2A in the contest. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2702]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 13, 2006 - 22:10
Hopefully the ship is righting itself. CLB-2 TB-4 Sean Burke stopped 22 of 24 for the win while the Lightning outshot Columbus 39-24 for the game. It was a very balanced effort from the offense with goals coming from the checking line and both of the team's scoring lines. Ryan Craig and Evgeny Artyukhin had assists on Tim Taylor's opening goal. Craig played 13:54 tonight and was +1 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 2 takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin, despite his helper, played just 4:45 and was +1 with 1 takeaway. Norm Milley played well in 4:28 of ice time with three shots on goal including an unsuccessful breakaway chance against Marc Denis. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time at 19:17 and was +1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020653.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]