Canda Cruises Into Spengler Cup Final

Canada crushed Czech Extraliga club Sparta Praha today to secure a spot in the tournament final tomorrow. Led by former Lightning player Glen Metropolit's four assists, Canada easily won 8-2. Andy Chiodo was in net for the Canadians. Former Springfield Falcon Jean-Guy Trudel was named Canada's best player for the round-robin portion of the tournament. For Lightning prospect Morgan Cey, his mop up duty against Elsbaren Berlin looks like it may have been his only playing time in the tournament.

Falcons Sign Adams to PTO, Reassign Henrich to Johnstown

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2862.shtml]announced the signing today of defenseman John Adams to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Adams, who turned 23 on December 21st, is a former 3rd round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres who went unsigned out of Hockey East's Boston College before joining the Florida Everblades of the ECHL in this, his rookie, season. A 6'2" 195 pound stay-at-home blueliner, Adams' best college season came as a junior when he posted 3 goals and 10 points in 42 games for the Eagles. With the Everblades, Adams had 1 goals and 7 points in 22 games before signing his PTO contract today. Adams will assume the spot vacated by Anders Eriksson who left Springfield for Magnitogorsk of the Russian Superleague. To make roster room, the Falcons reassigned LW/C Adam Henrich to Johnstown of the ECHL.

Linkopings Loses in OT to Lulea

Fredrik Norrena was unable to protect a one goal Linkopings lead with under a minute to go as Lulea rallied to tie and then defeat them 3-2 in overtime. Norrena stopped 26 of 29 shots faced in the loss. The defeat drops Norrena to 15-6-4 on the season.

Spengler Cup Day Three: Canada Crushes Elsbaren Berlin

Today, in their third match of the Spengler Cup tournament, Team Canada crushed German DEL club Elsbaren Berlin 6-1. Dale McTavish led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals. Andy Chiodo won for Canada to improve their record to 2-1 for the tournament while Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allowed no goals in late mop up duty.

Novosibirsk Shuts Out Togliatti

Novosibirsk defeated Lada Togliatti hadily today by the score of 3-0. The loss drops Vasily Koshechkin to 14-6-3 on the season. Also, this week, goaltender Travis Scott of Metallurg Magnitogorsk finally moved past Koshechkin into first in the Russian Suerleague in save percentage. Anton But also had a helper today as Yarolslavl tied Chekov 3-3. But continue to lead all Lightning prospects in Russia in scoring.

Reid Reassigned to Springfield

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDQXGKSHE.html]According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib[/url], RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers. Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.

Game Night 12/28: Canadiens at Lightning

Good news/bad news... MTL-4 TB-3 The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games. Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020546.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Smolenak Back With Frontenacs

Lightning prospect winger Radek Smolenak is back with the Kingston Frontenacs after his late cut from the Czech Republic's WJC team. Smolenak was held scoreless in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa Wednesday night.

Game Night 12/28: Falcons at Sound Tigers

Geez... SPR-0 BRI-4 The way things have been going lately, Brian Eklund allowing 4 goals on 38 shots is practically a command performance. The Falcons will seek to snap their long losing streak Friday against Manchester. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001465]TheAHL.com.[/url]

WJC Game 4: USA vs. Finland

Finland was more than game tonight against tournament favorite USA going down in a narrow defeat 6-5 to fall to 0-2 on the tournament. Finland roared back from a 6-3 deficit in the 3rd period to get the game within striking distance before failing to get the tying goal with the extra attacker on. Prospect Karri Ramo made his first appearance of the tournament facing a 43 shot barrage and making 37 saves in the contest.
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