Submitted by pete on December 11, 2005 - 00:58
Clean sweep 3-0 for the organization tonight top to bottom. It's a beautiful thing. NSH-3 TB-4 John Grahame stopped 13 of 16 for the win. The shot totals the Lightning have been giving up this season are insanely low, to the point it's contributing to Grahame's poor save percentage. I doubt he's complaining though. Old warhorse Dave Andreychuk had a goal and an assist as did Martin St. Louis. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020433.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
It was only a matter of time until the Craig/Jaspers duo sprang to life. Sorry Manchester, you drew the short straw. MAN-4 SPR-5 Gerald Coleman got the win despite allowing 4 goals on 29 shots faced. Jason Jaspers and Ryan Craig exploded with 2 goals and 2 assists each. Cagey veterans Anders Eriksson and Norm Milley each had 2 helpers a piece. Springfield remains in 6th place in the AHL's Eastern Conference with a 14-9-1-3 record on the year. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001379]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on December 11, 2005 - 00:47
Congratulations to Jonathan Boutin on the first professional shutout of his career. DAY-0 JHN-4 What an excellent job of bouncing back from that 7 goals against performance on the west coast trip. Boutin stopped 32 of 32 tonight to secure the shutout. Well done. Justin Kelly again led the way with a goal and an assist. Adam Henrich and Brandon Elliot both chipped in goals for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2509]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on December 10, 2005 - 11:29
Fredrik Norrena's record ran to 14-5-4 today as he and Linkopings played another 2-2 sister kisser against Mora today in Elitserien action. This time is was Mora scoring the dramatic goal late in the third to tie the game on a Mikael Simons power play marker with just 3:32 left in regulation to knot the score. Norrena made 12 saves on a token 14 shots in the contest while Linkopings outshot Mora a stunning 45-14 and still couldn't get the win against Mora goaltender Petri Vehanen. The Elitserien now goes on hiatus until December 27th for the Rosno Cup. Fredrik Norrena will appear in that tournament for Team Finland while his teammate Andreas Holmqvist as well as Djurgardens forward Jimmie Olvestad will appear for Team Sweden joining Anton But for Team Russia in the Rosno Cup festivities. The tournament will begin December 15th as the Czech Republic will square off with Finland and Russia will play before their home crowd against Sweden.
Submitted by pete on December 9, 2005 - 23:14
Oof. RDG-7 JHN-2 Morgan Cey was rocked allowing 6 goals on 25 shots faced. Justin Kelly had two assists for the Chiefs while Brady Greco added a helper of his own. Mike Egener [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/cnhi/tribunedemocrat/prosports/local_story_342234627.html]remained out of the lineup for Johnstown with an injury.[/url] Post mortem at [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2503]ECHL.com.[/url]
I really don't like the shootout. Seriously. HFD-4 SPR-3 (SO) Coleman started once again and stopped 35 of 38 in regulation and overtime. Andre Deveaux, the game's second star, continued his streak of very strong play with a goal and an assist. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001367]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by chad on December 9, 2005 - 15:52
Lightning 3rd rounder Chris Lawrence had a goal and an assist in his first game as a Mississauge Ice Dog Thursday night, helping the Ice Dogs to a dramatic 5-4 overtime win over Toronto. Lawrence was traded from Sault Ste. Marie on Monday after failing to live up to heavy expectations placed on him since he was the sixth overall pick in the 2003 OHL Priority Draft. He had just three goals in 29 games for the Soo so far this year. The 6-4 winger started the game on the top line with Jordan Owens and Cody Bass. With Mississauga down 4-0 to start the third, it was Lawrence's power play goal just over three minutes into the period that started a ferocious comeback. The Ice Dogs scored four third period goals, the last coming shorthanded with 25 seconds left in the game. Lawrence had the primary assist on the tying goal, scored by defenseman David Pszenyczny. It was the undrafted Pszenyczny that scored the winner - also shorthanded - 55 seconds into overtime.
Submitted by pete on December 9, 2005 - 14:14
Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin improved his record to 13-4-2 for the season today by defeating Nizhnekamsk 3-2 in overtime. Lada's improbable success since the Karjala break salary dump of 3/4 of their payroll has been largely thanks to the Lightning draft pick's goaltending heroics and he has now guided his club into 5th on the Superleague table. Lada's youth hasn't come completely free of cost for Koshechkin though, as he has slipped into a tie with Travis Scott for the league lead in shutouts and his once commanding leads in GAA and save percentage have slowly slipped away. For Koshechkin though, who explicitly chose to stay in Togliatti out of loyalty to the organization, I doubt the loss of any potential personal award will mean much compared to the success of the franchise he elected to stick with despite potential hardships. The Russian Superleague will now go on hiatus until December 21st for the Rosno Cup.
Submitted by pete on December 8, 2005 - 23:52
Stanislav Lascek's Chicoutimi Sagueneens [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=897&PHPSESSID=079d33dfcd943d9da0b02bbf6aac3932]have been named the #1 ranked team in the CHL according to the Bank of Montreal sponsored CHL Top Ten which is selected by a panel of NHL scouts.[/url] Chicoutimi is led by QMJHL leading scorer and Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek who has 22 goals and 72 points in 32 games. Beyond Lascek, the Sags have an impressive array of offensive weapons that include Buffalo first round pick Marek Zagrapan, highly skilled but diminutive David Desharnais and Lightning Traverse City camp invitee Maxime Boisclair. With such a powerful lineup, Chicoutimi is a bona fide Memorial Cup contender this season.
Submitted by pete on December 8, 2005 - 21:53
Back from their brief vacation, the Lightning squeak out a win. STL-4 TB-5 Fedotenko, Prospal and Modin had multi-point nights. Both Ranger and Artyukhin added assists. Ranger also had 15:28 of ice time and was an outstanding +3 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin had 9:14 of ice time, two shots, one brutal hit, and was part of the key forechecking shift that tied the game on Tim Taylor's third period goal. The Lightning, still only playing to 85% of their capability, are now 9-1-1 over their last 11 games. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020419.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]