A Moment of Recognition

Before the last of the Superleague scores for the day come in and we begin reporting on the Lightning's prospects in this new post-November trade period environment, I would just like to take a moment to recognize what Vasily Koshechkin did prior to this point. No single Lightning prospect will be more negatively effected by the massive salary dump that took place in Togliatti over the past two weeks. Koshechkin now faces the prospect of playing behind a glorified Upper League team. Whatever comes though the rest of the season, it should not diminish what Koshechkin was able to do in the last month. Prior to today's games, Koshechkin was 7-2-1 with a 0.82 GAA and a .960 save percentage. Both of the latter led the league. And, with 6 shutouts, Koshechkin was also tied with Travis Scott of Magnitogorsk for tops in that statistical category as well. 6 shutouts in 9 games, no matter what happens from here on out, will be a feat perhaps never to be duplicated by a Lightning prospect at the elite league level. So, Bolt Prospects takes a hat off to you Vasily.

Keller Scores, Rogers Sits

Justin Keller scored his 14th goal of the year for the Kelowna Rockets Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as Kelowna fell in overtime to rival Kootenay, 3-2. Keller was plus-one for the game. Also Tuesday night, Prince George dropped a 5-2 decision to Medicine Hat. Andy Rogers, who has missed 6 of the Cougar's last 8 games with an ankle injury, again did not see the ice. An injury has not been confirmed as of yet, as there is speculation he could be suspended for a checking-from-behind penalty and subsequent ejection from Prince George's last game.

Game Night 11/15: Lightning at Capitals

At least they got a point out of it... TB-3 WSH-4 (SO) There's no good way to blow a two goal third period lead and Sean Burke wears the goat horns in my books for Ovechkin's tying goal. The young man will be given a lot of plaudits for the play he made, but in my opinion there's absolutely no reason for Burke to allow a short side backhand goal from that angle. None. In past games there was a lack of timely goal scoring. I lay blame for the lack of that timely save tonight. Among the rookies, Paul Ranger's ice time slowly continues to creep upward. Tonight he once again broke the 18 minute mark and was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 shots blocked. I thought he was very good tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin finished with a minus as he was on the ice for Ovechkin's game tying goal. In 9:22 of ice time they only credited him with 2 hits. He seemed more active to me. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020272.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Juggernaut Continues to Roll

Fredrik Norrena improved to 11-3-2 today stopping 25 of 27 in a 3-2 victory over Farjestads in overtime. Andreas Holmqvist played the game on Linkopings' third pairing.

Game Night 11/14: Flyers at Lightning

We. Are. Back. PHI-2 TB-5 With St. Louis out, with the Lightning riding a 6 game losing streak, with the Philadelphia Flyers riding a wave of momentum into town, you saw something you haven't seen in the Lightning all season. Desperation. They challenged the Flyers for every inch of ice. Every loose puck. Not just two lines getting all the ice time, but four. All physically competing. THAT is Lightning hockey, and it looks like maybe this team has finally received the wake up call. And oh yeah, Marty Cibak with the timely goal. I forgot what those look like. Paul Ranger played a ton, 18:58 in all including more power play time than I think he's ever gotten. There were a few frightening moments where he had to be bailed out by Grahame, but he ended +1 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin assisted on Marty Cibak's breakaway goal. I wish he was a little surer on the first touch with the puck, but once he gets ahold of it steaming down the wing, you're hard pressed to take it from him, and you'll pay the price to do it. +1 and a team high, by far, 7 hits. If he had made the team from opening night, I think he would've had an excellent chance of leading the league in that statistic. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020268.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Coleman Sent Back to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2815.shtml]have reassigned Gerald Coleman to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Coleman got a brief taste of NHL action in relief of John Grahame in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. The interesting dilemma now becomes what happens to Jonathan Boutin, who shined in his first two games at the AHL level.

Lightning CHL Stats

The following are statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League as of November 14, 2005. Leading the way are Stan Lascek, who’s first in the QMJHL in scoring, and Blair Jones, who’s in the WHL’s top-10. Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 24GP, 17-34-51, 32PIM (+16) Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL): 21GP, 10-17-27, 25PIM (+8) Justin Keller, RW, Kelowna (WHL): 21GP, 13-12-25, 16PIM (+4) Radek Smolenak, LW, Kingston (OHL): 19GP, 10-10-20, 46PIM (Even) Chris Lawrence, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): 20GP, 1-12-13, 24PIM (-3) Mark Tobin, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL): 22GP, 7-5-12, 43PIM (-22)

Lightning NCAA Stats

The following Lightning prospects are currently playing in the NCAA. Stats are as of November 14, 2005. Matt Smaby, D, U of North Dakoka (Jr.): 12GP, 1-3-4, 59PIM (+2) Mike Lundin, D, U of Maine (Jr.): 10GP, 0-4-4, 2PIM (+2) P.J. Atherton, D, U of Minnesota (Sr.), 10GP: 0-1-1, 25PIM (+2) Dusty Collins, RW, U of Northern Michigan (Jr.): 8GP, 0-1-1, 21PIM (-1) John Wessbecker, D, U of Massachusetts (Fr.): 10GP, 0-0-0, 10PIM (-2) Arthur Femenella, D, U of Vermont (Jr.), 5GP: 0-0-0, 10PIM (N/A) Joe Pearce, G, Boston College (Jr.): No Games Played

Streak Ends at 14 for Lascek; Smaby Ejected in UND win

Stanislav Lascek’s 14 game point streak, the third longest in the QMJHL this year, came to an end Sunday as Chicoutimi dropped their second straight game, falling 4-1 to expansion St. John. Lascek was minus-one for the game and had two shots on goal. It was the third game in as many nights for the Sagueneens. Also in the QMJHL Sunday, Rimouski was crushed 8-0 by rival Quebec. Mark Tobin was minus-3 on the night, bringing his team-worst plus/minus rating to minus-22. In the OHL, Radek Smolenak misses his second straight game, a 9-8 Kingston win over Ottawa. The Frontenacs have scored 17 goals in their last two games, so it doesn’t appear they miss Smolenak’s 10 goals and 20 points on the year just yet.

Game Night 11/13: Chiefs at Nailers

People it's bad. JHN-1 WHL-4 Cey stops 24 of 27 for the loss. Brandon Elliot on a two game goal scoring streak. The Chiefs still have not notched a victory this season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2399]ECHL.com.[/url]
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