The Springfield Falcons have announced the recall of LW Radek Smolenak, G Jonathan Boutin and D Geoff Waugh from Johnstown of the ECHL. In addition, the team has reassigned LW David Spina to Johnstown of the ECHL.
Through 6 games in Johnstown this season Smolenak has 2 goals and 6 points with 6 penalty minutes and a -4 rating. A 3rd round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Smolenak was rated the 9th best prospect in the organization in Bolt Prospects' Preliminary Rankings for 2006-2007. Boutin expectedly returns to the Falcons after going 0-2-0 in the last week with a 3.07 GAA and .919 save percentage. Waugh, who just recently cleared up work visa issues which had plagued him after strong showings at Lightning and Chiefs camps, was even in 2 games played with the Chiefs with 2 penalty minutes.
Bolt Prospects has learned that defensive prospect Kevin Quick has declared his intent to play for the University of Michigan hockey program next fall.
After narrowing his choices to a short list that included Clarkson, Ohio State, and Providence, Quick made his decision to play for the highly regarded Wolverine program this past Monday. The 6-foot, 175-pound defenseman took his official visit to the CCHA school this past weekend. Considering that Quick has drawn comparisons to current Michigan defensive standout Jack Johnson, his decision to play for the Wolverines bodes well for his continued development.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster called the choice "great," saying Michigan is "one of the best programs in the country."
"[Kevin] will be well-coached and well-developed there," Feaster stated. "I believe it is an excellent choice."
The Buffalo, NY native was Tampa's third round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and is currently completing his senior year at Salisbury Prep School in Salisbury, CT.
Vladimir Mihalik had Prince George's lone goal as the Cougars were crushed by Brandon 9-2. The goal is Mihalik's second of the season and his 4th point in 6 games this year. Last season with Red Deer Mihalik had just 3 goals and 12 points in 62 games. Improved much?
Mihalik was +1 for the game with 2 penalty minutes.
No surprises here...
For crying out loud this is getting ugly.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots before being pulled for the extra attacker. Lightning goals were scored by Brad Richards, on a shot that deflected in off his body, and Vincent Lecavalier. Luke Richardson, Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger and Vaclav Prospal had helpers.
Tampa Bay 11:24, Brad Richards 2 (Luke Richardson, Martin St. Louis)
Toronto 17:35, Tomas Kaberle 5 (Jeff O'Neill, Alexander Steen)
Tampa Bay 6:24, Vincent Lecavalier 7 (Paul Ranger, Vaclav Prospal)
Toronto 1:51, Hal Gill 1 (unassisted)
Toronto 11:43, Ian White 1 (power play) (Matthew Stajan, Jeff O'Neill)
Toronto 18:40, Alexei Ponikarovsky 5 (empty net) (Mats Sundin, Nikolai Antropov)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Stanislav Lascek was a scratch for this game. No word if he's injured or perhaps recalled to Springfield.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on 37 shots before being pulled for the extra attacker. Doug Andress had 1 goal and 1 assist while Maxime Boisclair and Gus Katsuras each had 2 assists. Randy Rowe and Jean Desrochers had the team's other goals.
TOL Colwill, (1) (Martin), 0:53
JHN Rowe, (2) (Katsuras, Boisclair), 9:46
TOL Parillo, (1) (Burke, Blight), 14:14 (PP)
TOL Zultek, (1) (Tardif, Watson), 10:44 (PP)
TOL Martin, (2) (Tardif, Sitko), 16:22
JHN Desrochers, (4) (Andress, Boisclair), 5:41 (PP)
JHN Andress, (3) (Katsuras), 18:27 (PP)
TOL Tardif, (2) (Zultek), 19:22 (EN)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
According to BP member Sago96, Lascek was sick last night but is likely to return to the lineup on Friday.
So which member of the Falcons #1 line do you think we picked?
Good effort. Unfortunate result.
Marc Denis stopped 25 of 28 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker and the resulting Sharks empty net goal. The Lightning were paced by Dan Boyle's two helpers with goals coming from Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the power play. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal and Nikita Alexeev.
I thought the Lightning played reasonably well against a good, rested team coming off the game last night in Carolina. Unfortunately they were the victim of a couple of bad bounces that ended up in the back of their net and some good goaltending by Nabokov. The good news is that Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis seem to be on pace to score the amount of goals the team needs from them now, although Brad Richards is still struggling. What would help greatly is if the Lightning could get something out of the lower lines from players like Karlsson, Afanasenkov and Perrin.
San Jose 4:02, Joe Thornton 1 (power play) (Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo)
San Jose 2:51, Ryane Clowe 1 (Mike Grier, Scott Hannan)
Tampa Bay 16:08, Vincent Lecavalier 6 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Dan Boyle)
San Jose 10:51, Patrick Marleau 6 (power play) (Scott Hannan, Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
Tampa Bay 13:02, Martin St. Louis 7 (power play) (Nikita Alexeev, Dan Boyle)
San Jose 18:39, Mike Grier 2 (empty net) (Patrick Rissmiller, Marcel Goc)
Doug Janik was -1 in 8:18 with 1 blocked shot. Eric Perrin was -1 in 8:23 with 2 shots and 1 hit and he was 0/1 on faceoffs. Nick Tarnasky played just 3:01 receiving only 3 shifts after taking an early penalty for tripping.
Game sheet from NHL.com.