Rogers Returns, Tobin Sits

Andy Rogers returned to the Prince George lineup after missing a game, and Mark Tobin missed his first game of the season for Rimouski in another Oceanic loss. No information has been made available as of yet as to why Tobin was scratched. As of the middle of the third period, Rogers had not recorded a point for the Cougars, who were losing 4-0 to Lethbridge. Rimouski lost 8-6 to Victoriaville. Stan Lascek was in action for Chicoutimi tonight and extended his lead over Maxime Boisclair for the QMJHL scoring title to four points with a goal and two assists. The Sagueneens beat Baie-Comeau 6-3.

Updated Statistics for Lightning Prospects in Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland

Because the most important young prospects in the Lightning's system in Europe are generally found in Finland, Russia and Sweden, Bolt Prospects doesn't run daily reports from some of the other leagues on the continent. This post is to update the progress of prospects in the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland:

Soucy Suspended by ECHL

Jean-Francois Soucy has been suspended for one game, which will be served Friday. The LW/C was given an instigator penalty in the final 5 minutes of Phoenix's last game, an automatic suspension by league rules. The exhiled former Springfield Falcon has 0 goals and 6 assists in 11 games this season with a -3 rating and a team leading 56 penalty minutes. Phoenix (3-6-2) currently sits in last place of the Western Division of the ECHL's National Conference.

Superleague Reopens

Anton But assisted on a third period goal today in Lokomotiv's 3-3 tie with Tver. Meanwhile, for Togliatti, Vasily Koshechkin allowed two third period goals to fall to 7-3-1 on the season losing to Novosibirsk 2-0. In Moscow, where Dynamo fell to CSKA 6-3, Dimitry Kazionov did not dress for his new club. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the tilt.

Falcons Sign Spina to PTO

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2818.shtml]have announced the signing of winger Dave Spina to a professional tryout contract.[/url] Spina, 21, has spent the first part of the season with South Carolina of the ECHL where he notched 7 goals in 11 games. Prior to that Spina played 8 games with Utah of the AHL after finishing up an impressive junior career with Boston College of the Hockey East conference where he had his career season as a sophomore with 17 goals and 37 points in 37 games. Spina, who is 5'11" 185 lbs. is a good skater who is expected to contribute offensively for the Falcons.

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]
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