Submitted by pete on January 20, 2006 - 14:18
Karri Ramo seems to have regained the top spot for HPK, that's the good news. The bad news is that today, in the second of back-to-back starts, Ramo fell to 5-5-3 as HIFK scored 2 third period goals to defeat HPK 3-2. Ramo stopped 25 of 28 in the loss.
Submitted by pete on January 19, 2006 - 22:26
Lightning prospect RW/C Chris Lawrence [url=http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=11954]scored a hat trick tonight, including the overtime game winning goal, in a wild 7-6 victory over Brampton.[/url] Since being traded to Missisauga from Sault Ste Marie a month ago, Lawrence has 8 goals and 15 points in 14 games. Last season he had just 11 goals [i]all season[/i]. Lawrence, who was selected by the Lightning in the 3rd round of last summer's draft, has received criticism for much of his junior career for lack of intensity and failure to live up to his potential. Perhaps, under the tutledge of head coach Gred Gilbert, Lawrence is finally starting to break through.
Submitted by pete on January 19, 2006 - 18:43
OLN [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6732]has announced it will carry the ECHL All-Star Game on tape delay Jan. 26th at 5pm ET. [/url] The game will feature Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin of the Johnstown Chiefs. Boutin is currently third in the ECHL with a .923 save percentage. His record stands at 8-8-0-2 on the season with a 2.82 GAA and 2 shutouts.
Submitted by pete on January 19, 2006 - 17:47
Goaltender Fredrik Norrena was pulled today with 2:07 remaining in the second period as Linkopings fell to Brynas 3-1. Norrena allowed 2 goals in the loss before giving way to backup Jonas Fransson. The netminder's record drops to 17-9-5 on the season.
Submitted by pete on January 19, 2006 - 17:43
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.
Submitted by pete on January 19, 2006 - 00:03
[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.
Submitted by pete on January 18, 2006 - 22:48
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]
Submitted by pete on January 18, 2006 - 14:56
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.
Submitted by pete on January 18, 2006 - 13:36
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.
Submitted by pete on January 18, 2006 - 02:04
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]