On Wednesday, the NHL's Central Scouting Service released its Preliminary Rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Among those highlighting the list are top QMJHL player Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts and top Russian star Alexei Cherepanov of Omsk.
Defensemen Mike Lundin was scoreless with a -1 rating in Maine's 4-3 OT loss to Boston College.
Boston College goalie and Lightning prospect, Joe Pearce backed up staring netminder Cory Schneider, a product of Vancouver. Pearce has seen limited action behind Schneider, playing in only an early season loss to Notre Dame.
Dusty Collins was scoreless in Northern Michigan's 3-2 loss to Western Michigan.
Northern Michigan plays a home in home against Lake Superior next weekend.
Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and 1 assist and was a remarkable +5 in Mississauga's 6-1 trouncing of Ottawa. Lawrence was named first star of the game.
Kevin Beech stopped just 38 of 44 shots faced as Sudbury lost 6-5 in overtime to Oshawa.
Vladimir Mihalik had an assist and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George spanked Seattle 5-1. Mihalik now has 3 goals and 10 points in 15 games this season. Last year Mihalik had 3 goals and 12 points in 62 games with Red Deer.
Dane Crowley was even with 4 penalty minutes as Swift Current caught a beat down from Kootenay 7-3.
Vladimir Mihalik had a power play assist and was even as Prince George fell to expansion Chilliwack 4-3.
Their bus may have had trouble getting to the rink, but the Chiefs had no problem once they got there.
Gerald Coleman stopped 23 of 24 for the win in a game which was delayed because the Chiefs had bus problems on their way to the game. Veteran Randy Rowe led the way for Johnstown with 1 goal and 2 assists, Doug Andress had 1 goal and 1 assist and Adam Henrich chipped in 2 helpers. Maxime Boisclair scored the other Chiefs goal while Ian MacLean chipped in an individual assist. Rowe and Coleman were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively. Amazingly, Johnstown has rebounded quickly from the loss of Stanislav Lascek to recall and has now gotten back to .500 at 7-7-1 which is good for a tenuous 1 point lead for first place in the North Division, although it should be noted the Chiefs have played 5 more games than second place Trenton.
JHN Boisclair, (5) (Rowe, Henrich), 1:02
JHN Rowe, (8) (MacLean, Andress), 9:07 (PP)
DAY Baum, (2) (Kelly, Hendrikx), 14:16
JHN Andress, (4) (Rowe, Henrich), 0:24
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 12 of 17 shots faced in the first and third periods to take the loss. Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 19 shots in the middle stanza in relief. The Falcons drop back to 1 game below .500.
ROC Ryan, (8) (MacArthur, Sekera), 8:38 (PP)
ROC Jacina, (5) (Paille, Zagrapan), 9:26
ROC Kreps, (3) (Smith), 19:30 (PP)
ROC Jacina, (6) (Ryan, Smith), 1:06
ROC Mancari, (3) (Kreps, Booth), 6:07
ROC Mancari, (4) (Kreps, Smith), 13:18 (PP)
ROC Ryan, (9) (Jacina), 1:38
ROC MacArthur, (9) (Mancari, Smith), 5:17 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Marek Bartanus was a scratch in Owen Sound's 2-1 win at Kitchener.
Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 in Mississauga's 3-2 loss to Brampton.
Kevin Beech took the loss as Sudbury fell to Guelph 5-2.
Dane Crowley was -2 and had a fight as Swift Current fell at Medicine Hat 4-1.
Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes as Prince George lost at Everett 3-1.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 29 of 31 shots faced in regulation/overtime before stopping 7 of 7 penalty shots in the shootout to outduel Rick Dipietro. Holmqvist is a perfect 5-0-0 in his last 5 starts and is now 5-2-0 on the season. Nikita Alexeev and Brad Richards had the Lightning's goals in regulation, but it took Dimitry Afanasenkov's shootout goal to secure the second point. Vincent Lecavalier had 2 assists and Filip Kuba chipped in an individual helper. Richards and Lecavalier were first and third stars of the game respectively. Holmer was robbed.
Tampa Bay 2:32, Nikita Alexeev 7 (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 5:08, Brad Richards 6 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
NY Islanders 8:00, Radek Martinek 1 (unassisted)
NY Islanders 19:21, Mike York 5 (Viktor Kozlov)
NY Islanders NONE
Tampa Bay Dimitry Afanasenkov
Doug Janik was +1 in 8:25 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 13:01 with 3 shots and 1 hit and he was 4/4 on draws. Nick Tarnasky received just 2 shifts in the game for 54 seconds of ice time with 1 hit with Tim Taylor out due to injury. The Lightning continue to follow the policy that they just won't give Tarnasky ice time unless it is the third period of a blowout.
Game sheet from NHL.com.