Boutin Recalled to Springfield

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2915.shtml]have announced the recall of goaltender Jonathan Boutin from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] The move comes less than 24 hours after Boutin's start in the 2005-06 ECHL All-Star Game in Fresno. No word as of yet on either Gerald Coleman or Brian Eklund going down to Johnstown to make room. (More on the flip.)

Ramo/Rask II

Today was the second installment of a budding rivalry between two of the best young goaltenders in Finland as HPK squared off against Ilves Tamperre. The match featured the second SM-liiga contest between Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask. Rask, who beat Ramo for the starting job for the Finnish junior team at the World Junior Championships, carried the first matchup less than a month before the tournament. Today, however, was different. In a shootout, Karri Ramo defeated Tuukka Rask and Ilves 2-1. Ramo made a remarkable 40 saves on 41 shots including a remarkable 21/21 third period to be named third star of the game. Rask, for his part, was named the game's second star making 41 saves on 42 shots faced. The victory moves Karri Ramo's record to 7-5-3 on the season.

ECHL All-Star Game

Note: this thread contains spoilers. If you're going to watch the game on tape delay on OLN tomorrow night and don't want to know the score, do not continue on.

Game Night 1/25: Falcons at Wolf Pack

So much for the resurgent Brian Eklund. SPR-3 HFD-6 Eklund allowed 6 goals on 36 shots faced. Dennis Packard led the way for Springfield with a short handed goal and an assist. Gerard Dicaire continued to shine since his recall from Johnstown with a helper of his own. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001628]TheAHL.com.[/url]

ECHL All-Star Skills Competition Results

The results of last night's ECHL skills competition [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6776]are in.[/url] Jonathan Boutin scored middle of the pack in the rapid fire and breakaway events. The ECHL All-Star game takes place tonight at 10pm ET.

Jaspers Reassigned to Springfield

Center Jason Jaspers [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2914.shtml]has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The transaction actually took place Sunday once it became clear Tim Taylor's injuries were too minor to hold him out of the lineup. Springfield plays the Hartford Wolfpack Wednesday night.

ECHL All-Star Game Tonight

The ECHL All-Star Game is slated for Wednesday night at 10pm Eastern Time from Fresno, California. The skills competition occurred Tuesday night and Bolt Prospects will post the results up as soon as we get them. This post is just to make a programming note to anyone who wants to watch the game. Lightning goaltending prospect Jonathan Boutin will be one of the starters in the contest. You've got three chances to catch the game: 1.) Nationwide the game will be carried live on the NHL Center Ice package on your Game 7 channel. 2.) Word on the street is that Catch 47 will also be carrying the game live to the local market in Tampa Bay. 3.) OLN will be carrying the game on tape delay Thursday night at 5pm. Whichever way you tune in, tune in and support one of the Lightning's exciting young prospects.

Game Night 1/24: Panthers at Lightning

Think how pathetic the Florida Panthers will be once Roberto Luongo leaves Miami to play for a contender. FLA-3 TB-2 (OT) The big story from this game is obviously Roberto Luongo's 48 saves as the Lightning thoroughly outplayed Florida throughout the contest outshooting them 50-26. Sean Burke took the loss for the Lightning. From a prospect standpoint, Ryan Craig scored the critical tying goal with 49 seconds left to play just to salvage a point for Tampa. In close on the doorstep Craig showed incredible finishing ability beating Luongo high over the shoulder to light the lamp for the 5th goal of his young career. Craig played 13:13 with 2 shots on goal and an even rating. Evgeny Artyukhin, who played his 41st game of the season tonight graduating him from prospect status by Bolt Prospects criteria, played a very sparing 4:46 in a game with a very tight score. Paul Ranger led all Lightning prospects in ice time with 19:11 of even hockey. Norm Milley and Jason Jaspers was a healthy scratch. Congratulations to Evgeny Artyukhin for graduating from prospect status. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020728.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Superleague All-Stars Announced

Last week the Russian Superleague announced its rosters for this years All-Star game and included in the list of invitees are two Lightning prospects. [url=http://www.russianprospects.com]Russianprospects.com[/url] reports that for the Western Conference team, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin will be making his first all-star appearance hailing from Lada Togliatti. And, also for the Western Conference team, a perennial all-star, left wing Anton But. Koshechkin, 14-11-4 on the season, took over the starting job in Togliatti from import Adam Svoboda and quickly established himself as one of the top netminders in Russia. Even though Lada dumped 3/4 of its payroll at the Karjala break Koshechkin still is second in the Superleague with a 1.51 GAA and 8 shutouts. But, who has won two championships with the Lokomotiv, is currently 4th in the Superleague in scoring and assists with 37 points and 23 helpers. His 14 goals also ties him for 8th in the league in that category as well. [b]Update:[/b] Chelya from [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.ru]tampabaylightning.ru[/url] points out in comments that the game was played this weekend and both But and Koshechkin missed it due to minor injuries. Thanks to chelya.

HPK Disposes of JYP

Karri Ramo made his fourth consecutive start today in a 5-2 dismantling of JYP in SM-liiga play. The young netminder was named the game's 3rd star stopping 28 of 30 shots faced in the contest. Ramo's record improves to 6-5-3 on the season.
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