Slovakia Drops to 0-5 at WJCs

A miserable tournament got even worse for Team Slovakia today. After finishing the round robin portion of the U20 World Junior Championships 0-4, Slovakia fell to Switzerland 2-1 today in their first match of the relegation round. Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus had a secondary assist on the lone Slovakian goal and had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots on goal. Defenseman Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless in the game.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: December

There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...

CHL Game Day: 1/1

Kevin Beech stopped just 17 of 21 shots faced before being lifted in the second period of Sudbury's 6-3 loss to Oshawa.

The Marek Bartanus-less Owen Sound Attack were soundly beaten 5-0 today by Plymouth.

Dane Crowley had a pair of assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes as Swift Current fell to Saskatoon 5-2. Crowley extended his point scoring streak to 6 games.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 12/25-12/31

This one was pretty easy...

Former Lightning Captain Zamuner Retires/Moves Behind Bench For Mississauga

After splitting the past couple of seasons between teams in Switzerland and Australia, former Lightning captain Rob Zamuner has retired and accepted an assistant coaching position with the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL. Mississauga is, of course, the club of Lightning 2005 3rd round pick Chris Lawrence who leads all Lightning junior prospects in scoring thus far this season.

NCAA Game Night: 12/31

Dusty Collins was scoreless with a -2 rating in Northern Michigan's 4-2 loss to Notre Dame.

The Wildcat's fall to 7-12-2 overall and 4-9-1 in the CCHA. They host Ferris State (4-12-3, 2-9-2 CCHA) this coming weekend.

Andreas Holmqvist Returned to Prospect Page

This summer Bolt Prospects made the decision to remove Andreas Holmqvist from our prospects page upon the Lightning releasing an organizational roster that had omitted Andreas. This week we received some gentle prodding that his removal might have been premature, so we've returned him to the prospects page and we'll begin doing regular updates on his games in the Swedish Elitserien for Linkopings beginning with the club's next game on January 2nd.

Holmqvist has 5 goals and 12 points through 31 games this season with 34 penalty minutes with a +1 rating. He has also appeared for Sweden in two legs of the Euro Tour. Holmqvist had 1 goal in 3 games with 2 penalty minutes and a -2 rating in the Ceske Poijstovna Cup and he was scoreless in 3 games at the recent Channel One Cup.

In related news, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin was 1-0-1 at the Channel One Cup losing to Sweden in penalty shots 1-0 and shutting out Finland 3-0. He finished the tournament 1-0-1 with a 0.48 GAA and .978 save percentage.

CHL Game Day: 12/31

Kevin Beech got the day off as Sudbury lost to Brampton 4-1.

Chris Lawrence had an assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in Mississauga's 5-1 win over Windsor.

ECHL Game Night 12/31: Storm at Chiefs

The Chiefs' offense seems to be warming up.


Morgan Cey stopped 33 of 35 shots faced for the win. The game was Cey's 4th start in 5 nights and he finishes the marathon stretch in Gerald Coleman's absence at 2-2-0. Doug Andress continued his strong season with a pair of goals while Dimitri Tarabrin, PJ Atherton and Andrew Martens each had a pair of helpers. The other Falcons goals were scored by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich. Andre Deveaux and Grant Jacobsen each had individual helpers. Andress, Tarabrin and Cey were the game's three stars.

First Period
TOL Sitko, (2) , 14:02

Second Period
JHN Andress, (8) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:22
JHN Andress, (9) (Desrochers, Tarabrin), 7:07

Third Period
JHN Henrich, (8) (Jacobsen, Atherton), 1:02
TOL James, (2) (Burke, Blight), 3:01 (PP)
JHN Hrdel, (3) (Deveaux, Martens), 10:21
JHN Elliott, (6) (Martens, Atherton), 14:50 (PP)

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AHL Game Day 12/31: Falcons at Monarchs

The 4th game in 5 nights was an awfully tough assignment.


Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss. Manchester extends their Atlantic Division lead to six points with the Falcons still holding a game in hand. Rookie Andy Rogers led all Falcons with 4 shots on goal.

First Period
MCH Clarke, (12) (Gauthier, Moulson), 13:29 (PP)

Second Period
MCH Jackman, (7) (Harrold), 2:33 (SH)
MCH Werner, (3) (Giuliano, Kanko), 5:09

Third Period

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