N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/20

Edmonton Oil Kings 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 7
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 13 saves on 17 shots before being pulled
Season totals: 30 GP, 13-12-1-4, 2.52 GAA, .914 sv%, 2 shutouts

Team Canada’s Brett Sonne (Blues third rounder 2007) had a hattrick for the top-ranked Hitmen.

Lightning Recall Wishart; Reassign Quick

According to the St. Pete Times, as part of the organization's plan to rotate defensemen from the Norfolk Admirals roster to the Tampa roster in its continuing process of evaluating talent in the system, the Lightning have recalled prospect defenseman Ty Wishart and reassigned Kevin Quick.

Despite Tocchet's comments that the switch was just part of the plan, the acquisition of Cory Murphy as a small-body puckmover and power play quarterback clearly made Quick's contributions to the roster less of a necessity and allows the organization to bring up a bigger and more physical blueliner in the form of the 6.04 Wishart, especially with the absence of Matt Smaby from the lineup. Quick was relegated to just 9:50 of ice time against Dallas with Murphy in the lineup as compared to 17:52 against Florida on Saturday night.

NHL Game Night 1/19: Stars at Lightning

Total team effort.

DAL-2
TB-4

Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the win.

First Period
01:33 TB Lecavalier (20), (St. Louis)(SH)
01:53 DAL Richards (12), (Parrish, Robidas)(PP)

Second Period
04:19 DAL Eriksson (22), (Modano, Richards)

Third Period
11:46 TB Stamkos (6), (Downie, Jokinen)
14:54 TB Lecavalier (21), (Murphy, Recchi)(PP)
19:11 TB Prospal (11), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

For Vincent Lecavalier, that's now 9 straight seasons of 20 or more goals. Len Barrie, Oren Koules, Brian Lawton; come closer to the monitor. If you trade #4, Lightning Nation burns the Forum down. Capice?!

Steve Downie had 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, and was +1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 8:19. Slick, slick play on the Stamkos goal. Might a Stamkos/Schenn/Downie line be a future staple in Tampa Bay?

David Koci was +1 with 1 hit in 4:33.

Kevin Quick was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:50.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lightning Claim D Cory Murphy Off Re-Entry Waivers

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Lightning have claimed defenseman Cory Murphy off of re-entry waivers from the Florida Panthers. The 30 year old blueliner is in his second season in the NHL after a productive career in Europe spent primarily in Finland's SM-liiga. The smallish offensive defenseman has 2 goals and 18 points in 54 NHL games, and could potentially add some zip to the lackluster Lightning power play.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/18

Results from all three CHL leagues.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/17

Cunti scores his 10th ... DeCoste earns first point for the Soo ... Tokarski faces fellow Team Canada goaltender Chet Pickard and comes away with another First Star.

NCAA Game Night: 1/17

#8 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ #3 Northeastern Huskies 2
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, Even
Season totals: 14GP, 1-1-2, 8 PIM, +1

Vermont earns big split against higher ranked conference team. Marshall in lineup for both games.

Massachusetts Minutemen 4 @ UMASS-Lowell River Hawks 3
D John Wesbecker UMASS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 20GP, 0-4-4, 20 PIM, +10

Minutemen win rivalry match-up as Wessbecker picks up 10th career assist.

NHL Game Night 1/17: Panthers at Lightning

It was an organization-wide choke fest tonight.

FLA-4
TB-3

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 21 shots in the loss.

First Period
04:37 TB Lecavalier (19), (Smaby, Prospal)
13:36 TB Prospal (10), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
17:55 FLA Campbell (9), (Peltonen, Dvorak)
18:46 TB Malone (13), (St. Louis, Meszaros)

Second Period
06:39 FLA Stillman (10), (Horton, Bouwmeester)(PP)
10:56 FLA Zednik (6), (Booth, Horton)
19:59 FLA Bouwmeester (10), (Stillman, Horton)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

In the NHL, you can never take your foot off the gas and expect a team to lay down when you only have a two goal lead. Lukas Krajicek allowed himself to be outhustled by Nathan Horton to set up Florida's second goal and it was all downhill from there. By the time the Lightning got back to playing at full speed, Florida had gone into full blown trap mode. This is something they've done a couple of times before this season, and hopefully they'll finally get the message. No two goal lead is really safe.

Matt Smaby had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in 14:53.

David Koci was +1 in 4:08.

Kevin Quick was +1 with 3 shots in 17:52. He was also out on the ice when the Lightning pulled Smith at the end of the game. That speaks volumes about how the coaching staff feels about Quick.

Now, that said, I am really looking forward to the team getting Paul Ranger back in the lineup and healthy. Playing Lukas Krajicek and Steve Eminger 25+ minutes a night just isn't a sustainable way to win hockey games.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/17: Sharks at Admirals

Massive choke.

WOR-6
NOR-5 (OT)

Karri Ramo allowed 6 goals on 44 shots in the overtime loss.

First Period
WOR Traverse, (3) , 0:34
NOR Kearns, (10) (Boyle, Smolenak), 1:55
NOR Jones, (7) (Keller, Kearns), 4:39
NOR Gratton, (3) (Keller), 15:23
NOR Jones, (8) (Kearns, Mihalik), 17:09
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Bochenski, Potulny), 18:19

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (16) (Zalewski, Traverse), 0:14
WOR Vesce, (13) (Kaspar, Westgarth), 17:37 (SH)
WOR McGinn, (9) (Demers, Moore), 18:53 (PP)

Third Period
WOR Demers, (2) (Traverse, Armstrong), 8:36 (PP)

Overtime
WOR Vesce, (14) (Moore, Fornataro), 3:04

That's a 5-1 lead choked away. A total team failure. And that's two points in two nights that the Admirals left on the table, which right now is the difference between being 9 points out of the last playoff spot and 11 points.

Lots of Admirals returned to the lineup this weekend from injury. Andy Rogers was -3 in his first game back in a month. Brandon Segal returned after about three weeks out and earned a penalty shot in the third that probably could've iced the victory, but could not convert. Juraj Simek played in his second game since a layoff of over a month.

Bracken Kearns and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/16

Ward continues to produce in Cape Breton ... another First Star for Fadden ... Tokarski strengthens league-leading stats ... Calgary knocks off Vancouver in battle of the WHL's top teams.

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