Ramo Shines Despite Loss

HPK was less successful in Karri Ramo's second start back from the World Junior Championships today. The club went down 4-1 at the hands of SaiPa as Ramo's record fell to 5-4-3. Despite allowing 3 goals in the loss, Ramo was named second star of the game after stopping 37 of 40 shots faced.

CHL Top Prospects Game

[url=http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_story.asp?ID=151348&hubName=chl]Team Orr crushed Team Cherry 7-2 tonight[/url] to win the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game. The effort was led by Austrian born right winger Michael Grabner of the Spokane Chiefs of the CHL who had a goal and two assists in the victory. Kootenay center Ben Maxwell, who carried the skating events in skills testing, scored the opening goal of the contest for Team Cherry.

Game Night 1/18: Royals at Chiefs

Johnstown passed an important test tonight. REA-1 JHN-5 Up to this point of the season, the Chiefs have struggled to defeat the Reading Royals. No matter how great their shot advantage, no matter how much they outplayed Reading, they couldn't get the two points. Tonight that all changed. Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 34 shots faced in the game. Even with the departure of Henrich, Dicaire and Capogrini from their offense they still managed to manufacture 5 goals of offense tonight. Randy Rowe led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while young defenseman Doug Andress had 1 goal and 3 assists. Newcomer Brad Thompson added a late power play goal in his Chiefs debut. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2706]ECHL.com.[/url]

But Notches Helper in Loko Win

Anton But continued his torrid scoring pace today registering a helper on Yaroslavl's opening goal in a 2-1 win over Cherepovets. Alex Polushin returned to the lineup for Severstal in the game after being scratched in the club's last two outings.

File This Away For June

Last night the scouts got an opportunity to put the class of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to the test [url=http://www.chl.ca/CHLTopProspects/2006_skills.html]in skills testing in conjunction with tonight's CHL Top Prospects Game.[/url] Ben Maxwell, a center out of Kootenay in the WHL, was the big winner, no doubt improving his stock by winning the 60' and 150' dash and the puck control test. File these away. The Lightning routinely like to take players who are superior skaters and these tests are very revealing about CHL prospect's real skating proficiencies.

Graduation Day

Tonight Paul Ranger played his 40th NHL game. That means on Friday, in Dallas, the 21 year old defenseman will graduate from his prospect status on Bolt Prospects and be officially considered an NHLer by this site's criteria. In addition, right winger Evgeny Artyukhin played his 38th game tonight. Barring any scratches, he too will graduate from prospect status next Tuesday, January 24th, against the Florida Panthers. Congratulations to both young men for reaching an early milestone in their careers. Ranger and Artyukhin [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]will remain listed at #1 and #2 in the Bolt Prospects Midterm Rankings[/url] until we release our Final Rankings at the conclusion of all Lightning prospects' 2005-2005 seasons. [img]http://www.missouri.edu/~econwww/Graduate/Images/graduation-hat.jpg[/img]

Game Night 1/17: Lightning at Kings

After midnight... TB-4 LA-1 Congratulations to Norm Milley on his first NHL goal. It was very surprising to see him on the ice protecting a lead with about a minute left to go with Labarbera pulled. But he delivered. John Graham stopped 22 of 23 for the win including a Sean Avery penalty shot. Norm Milley played 10:34 of even hockey. He had 2 hits and scored on his lone shot, pretty much a walk in for the empty net goal. Evgeny Artyukhin had his 10th assist of the season on the Lightning's third goal by Ruslan Fedotenko. He was +1 in 9:06 of ice time with two shots on goal and 3 hits. Ryan Craig played a quiet 15:21 of even ice time with 1 shot on goal and 2 blocked shots. Quiet, dependable Paul Ranger played 16:20 of even hockey with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020681.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Chiefs Trade Capogrini, Kindle

The Johnstown Chiefs [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6718]completed a trade today sending veteran winger Paul Caponigri and defenseman Tyler Kindle to the Idaho Steelheads.[/url] In return, the Chiefs received defenseman Jim Hakewill and and center Brad Thompson. Hakewill, a former 5th round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2001, is a rookie who is playing his first professional season after graduating from St. Lawrence University. In his senior year, his best college season, he had 4 goals and 8 points 33 games to go along with 44 penalty minutes. At 6'5" 222 lbs, Hakewill is a prototypical big stay-at home defenseman. Thompson, who stands at 6'0" 190 lbs, is also in his rookie season out of Minnesota State-Mankato. In his senior season he tallied 13 goals and 24 points and 24 penalty minutes in 38 games.

Falcons Trade Campbell

To add to the flurry of shake up moves in Springfield, the Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2910.shtml]have traded RW Jim Campbell to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL in exchange for C Dan Cavanaugh.[/url] Cavanaugh, who checks in at 6'2" 195 lbs is a Springfield native who played his college hockey at Boston University. His best professional season to date came in '03-'04 with the Houston Aeros when he had 16 goals and 39 points in 73 games. In the press release, Lightning GM Jay Feaster also reconfirmed Gerard Dicaire's recall. Dicaire [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1137460202196140.xml&coll=1&thispage=1]actually returned to the lineup Saturday against Syracuse, a game for which he was praised by Coach Graham.[/url]

Falcons Announce Roster Moves

The Springfield Falcons today [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2909.shtml]confirmed two of the roster moves reported by ECHL.com yesterday.[/url] The Falcons announced the recalls of defenseman Mike Egener and left wing Adam Henrich as well as the reassignment of winger Randy Rowe to Johnstown of the ECHL. The Falcons have also released defenseman John Adams from his PTO contract. There is no news as of now about any moves pertaining to defenseman Gerard Dicaire's recall.
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