Springfield Signs Atherton to ATO

The Springfield Falcons announced today that [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2969.shtml]they have signed defenseman P.J. Atherton to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO).[/url] Atherton is expected to practice with the Falcons this week and make his debut this weekend with Springfield. Atherton recently finished his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Edina, Minnesota native collected one goal and six assists for seven points in 41 games this year with the University of Minnesota. Atherton is a solid, stay-at-home defenseman known for his physical presence on the ice. Before going to Minnesota, he showed an offensive upside with Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where he scored 7 goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 54 games.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/27

There were no Lightning CHL prospects in playoff action last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound took Kitchener close to the brink tonight before losing in double overtime 4-3. Owen Sound still leads the series 2-1. Marek Bartanus had a goal and was -1 in the game. [b]WHL[/b] Despite a Blair Jones goal, Moose Jaw dropped game three to Brandon 3-2. The Wheat Kings now lead their opening round series 2-1. Jones was named 2nd star of the game.

Game Night 3/27: Lightning at Hurricanes

Wasted a great effort by Grahame. TB-1 CAR-2 Grahame stopped 27 of 29 in the loss. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was injured on a Craig Adams hit leaving the Lightning with just four of their regular defensemen. Doug O'Brien played better in his third NHL game than in his previous callup, but is struggling still with the size/strength of the NHL, in my opinion. Paul Ranger played 26:13 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. As injuries have led to an increase in his ice time, Ranger has responded. Ryan Craig played 19:21 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 hit. O'Brien played 12:24 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 7:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021065.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Two

Linkopings pulled even in their semifinal series with Vastra Frolunda today winning 5-0. Fredrik Norrena threw a 29 save shutout while veteran Lightning property Shane Willis had a goal and an assist. The series is now tied 1-1.

HPK/Ilves Game Three

HPK is on the brink of moving on to the Finnish semifinals. Both Karri Ramo and Tuukka Rask rode the pine today as HPK defeated Ilves 4-2 with Miika Wiikman once again between the pipes. HPK leads the best of seven series 3-0.

Game Day 3/26: Chiefs at Nailers

Are the depleted Chiefs finally hitting the wall? JHN-2 WHE-5 Gabe Winer stopped 39 of 46 in the loss. Adam Henrich got his 18th goal of the season and added an assist. Andre Deveaux added a power play goal for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3082]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Day 3/26: Sound Tigers at Falcons

Oh dear, the bad Boutin showed up this weekend. BRI-5 SPR-2 Jonathan Boutin stopped just 16 of 21 shots faced squandering a 41-21 shot advantage by the Falcons. With Doug O'Brien being recalled to Tampa, Mike Egener returned to the lineup after missing two games due to suspension. He was even with 4 penalty minutes. Marek Kvapil scored his 17th goal of the season and Jason Jaspers his 24th, both on the power play. Assists came from Rohloff, Blatny and Milley among Lightning properties. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001986]TheAHL.com.[/url]

NCAA Tournament Today: 3/26

[b]Albany, NY Region[/b] In a mild upset, Maine defeated Michigan State to advance to the Frozen Four. Lightning defenseman prospect Mike Lundin had a power play assist and one shot on goal in the game. Maine will play the winner of the Wisconsin/Cornell game later tonight while North Dakota will square off with Boston College in the semifinal round.

Trib: O'Brien Expected to be Recalled

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Doug O'Brien [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGB1T4NV8LE.html]is expected to be recalled today from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Defenseman Day Boyle missed much of last night's game with an ankle injury which is expected to keep him off the ice for at least a game or two.

Superleague Quarterfinals: Day Four

Vasily Koshechkin's season came to a close today as Lada fell to Magnitogorsk 2-1. Metallurg takes the series 3-1 and will advance to play Omsk in the semifinals. Meanwhile, in overtime, Yaroslavl defeated Khimik to leave Anton But the Lightning's last man standing in the Russian Superleague. But had an assist in the game. Loko wins the series 3-1 and will play Kazan in the semifinals.
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