The NCAA exhibition season got underway this past weekend with two Lightning prospects in action.
Western Ontario 1 @ No.10 Michigan 6
D Kevin Quick, MICH: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG
Quick, a freshman, made his Michigan debut for the Wolverines and was involved in some scoring chances but did not register a point in the exhibition game. According to MGoBlue.com, Quick jumped into a play and took a drop pass from Michigan captain and Phoenix Coyote draft pick Kevin Porter, firing a one-timer blocker side on the UWO goaltender Brad Topping, who got a piece of the shot. Michigan held their Blue vs. White game on Saturday. Quick, who is wearing No.27, did not register a point and was even with a shot on goal in the intrasquad game for Team White, who lost 6-3.
Trois-Rivieres 0 @ U-Mass 6
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, +1
The University of Massachusetts opened their 2007-2008 season with an exhibition win over Trois-Rivieres. Wessbecker, a junior and former seventh round pick, is coming off a sophomore year in which he registered one point on a goal.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 2-1 overtime loss to Khimik.
The Lightning has confirmed Stanislav Lascek did indeed suffer an injury during Norfolk's training camp. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said the injury was not sustained on the ice and no specifics were offered on the injury's whereabouts or cause.
Lascek struggled in Traverse City in early September and also failed to make a strong impression in his brief time in Norfolk camp before this latest injury. As a result, Feaster stated Lascek will be assigned to ECHL Mississippi when he is cleared to play.
A former QMJHL scoring star, Lascek split his rookie pro season last year between ECHL Johnstown (25 GP, 12-15-27) and AHL Springfield (29 GP, 2-2-4). He had 135 points in 64 games for Chicoutimi in his final year of junior.
Lascek has two years remaining on his entry level contract, including this season.
The October 6th Elitserien game in which Johan Harju scored a pair of goals was incorrectly reported as being a 6-4 Lulea loss. In actuality, Lulea won the match 6-4 over Farjestads. We regret the error.
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Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Mitch Fadden notched his fourth multi-point game of the year as Lethbridge dominated the Raiders in shots-on-goal, 28-9. Despite disparity in shots, it took Faddenâ€™s power play goal at the 15:28 mark of the third period to break a 2-2 tie. The â€˜Canes added an empty netter in the final minute to give the game its final score. Fadden is now tied for second in the league in goals (6) and third in points (11).
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Prince George Cougars 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
The Hitmen are now 8-1-0-0 on the year after breaking open a close game in the second period and defeating the 1-6-0-0 Cougars in Prince George, 5-3.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
After a slow start, the MAINEiacs have now won three in a row.
Merritt Centennials @ Victoria Grizzlies CANCELED
The afternoon BCHL game between Merritt and Victoria was canceled because Merritt was traveling from Powell River and the morning ferry to Victoria was not running.
Denis Kazionov did not play as Ufa dismantled Novokuznetsk 7-0.
Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to CSKA.
Lightning Russian Prospects Statistics Through 10/7/07
Alexei Glukhov (Cherepovets), 14 GP, 1-7-8, 12 PIM, E
Anton But (St Petersburg), 13 GP, 3-4-7, 14 PIM, +6
Dimitri Kazionov (Kazan), 13 GP, 3-3-6, 2 PIM, -3
Evgeny Artyukhin (Omsk), 13 GP, 2-2-4, 28 PIM, E
Albert Vishnyakov (Spartak), 8 GP, 2-0-2, 14 PIM, -3
Denis Kazionov (Novokuznetsk), 8 GP, 0-0-0, 8 PIM, -2
Vasily Koshechkin (Kazan), 2-7-1, 0 SO, 2.80 GAA
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
After a five game point streak to start the season, Fadden has gone two games with no points. He was slated to move off of a line with 06-07 91-point scorer Zach Boychuk and onto a line with Yashar Farmanara, who came to Lethbridge with Fadden from Seattle two seasons ago. Boychuk and Fadden both have 9 points this year.
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Portland Winter Hawks 3
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Everett and Portland traded road wins to start the weekend. Crowley had minor and double-minor penalties for roughing.
Swift Current Broncos 6 @ Prince George Cougars 1
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
The Cougars are now 1-5-0-0 on the year and get to play WHL powerhouse Calgary Sunday.
Helenius got his first night-off of the season as Seattle, somewhat remarkably, lost their 12th shootout in a row.
It's hard not to be excited about the Lightning's 2-0 start, and I just wanted to expand on some thoughts I had after tonight's dominating effort against Atlanta. The big concern I think we all had coming into the year was how Dan Boyle's injury was going to effect the team. Boyle has been the tempo setter for this team ever since he was acquired in the 2001-2002 season, and as one of only two righty shot defensemen in the organization (AHLer David Schneider being the other) his minutes on the power play were going to be very difficult to replace. If you had held a gun to my head and asked me how the team would do over this first month, I probably would've said about .500, maybe a tad below, without Boyle. Now they're 2-0 heading into a two game set against an 0-2 Panthers team with the chance to get off to a really good start. Granted, things can change in a hurry and the team still will probably need to weather at least another three weeks without Danny (and he might not be 100% for a long time even after he returns). However, I can't help starting to think about how if this team gets off to a great first month of the season without Boyle, think how good they'll be when he returns?
Tomorrow's headline should read: "Paper Champions Get Folded Up".
Johan Holmqvist barely had to break a sweat stopping 13 of 15 shots he faced for the win.
Tampa Bay 5:22, Vincent Lecavalier 3 (unassisted)
Atlanta 8:58, Slava Kozlov 1 (Tobias Enstrom, Todd White)
Kazan's nightmarish open to the season continues. Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 2-7-1 on the season in a 3-2 Ak Bars loss to Dynamo. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the game for Kazan. Former Lightning player Dimitry Afanasenkov had a pair of goals in the match for Dynamo.
Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal in Omsk's 4-2 loss to Khimik.