After having their hats handed to them for six straight games in the Super Series, Russia might consider Game Seven a bit of a moral victory. Without their star Alexei Cherepanov, who did not make the trip for the Canadian leg of the series due to injury, and after having been beaten handily in Game Five and Game Six, Russia played Canada to a 4-4 tie on Friday night. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was scoreless in the match.
The final game of the Super Series is slated for Sunday night.
According to newyorkrangers.com, the Lightning's prospects opened their 2007 Traverse City Prospects Tournament with a third period collapse resulting in a 6-4 loss to the Rangers.
The teams were tied at one entering the second period and the Bolts had fought back from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to tie the game at three entering the third. The Rangers got three quick goals to start the third to put the game away, including one that was reportedly a Lightning own-goal.
Radek Smolenak, who was an offensive force for Tampa Bay last year in Traverse City, scored the Lightning's first two goals unassisted. He also had a helper on the Bolts' final tally.
Free agent invitee Colton Yellow Horn, a 40 goal scorer with Tri City of the WHL last season, had the third Lightning goal, with assists going to defensemen Justin Fletcher, Vladimir Mihalik and Mike Lundin. Another free agent invitee, Rob Klinkhammer of the Brandon Wheat Kings, notched the final goal for Tampa Bay late in the final period to give the game its final score.
Riku Helenius had 25 saves for the Bolts, who were outshot 31-25 and had four first period power plays.
The Lightning are back in action tomorrow night against the Red Wings.
A full boxscore with lineups is up on RedWingsCentral.com.
According to Erik Erlendsson's blog, the Norfolk Admirals have added centers Justin Taylor and Shawn Collymore to their camp roster. Not much to see there. Erlendsson also writes that speculation that Riku Helenius is a shoo in to appear in Lightning camp are false and that he is slated to return to Seattle of the WHL immediately after the Traverse City tournament.
Just a little taste of Swedish preseason action:
Lightning prospect Johan Harju had a pair of goals today in Lulea's 3-2 victory over Skelleftea. Former Lightning captain Mikael Renberg had a goal in the match for SAIK.
Until the Superleague's statistics website gets fixed, these unofficial results from Dynamo's website will have to do:
Anton But had 2 penalty minutes for St. Petersburg in their 4-3 win over Magnitogorsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 win over Novosibirsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin had 2 penalty minutes in Omsk's 4-3 overtime win against Tver.
Despite a goal and 2 penalty minutes from Albert Vishnyakov, Spartak fell to Dynamo 2-1 in a shootout.
Vasily Koshechkin got his first win of the season to even his record at 1-1-0 as Kazan handled Chekhov 3-1. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.
As the countdown to the start of the 2007 Traverse City (TC) Prospects Tournament finally comes to an end tomorrow, the future is now for many of the prospects making up the Lightningâ€™s 2007 TC squad.
It's all over but the crying...
With nothing left to play for but pride, Canada extended their series lead to 6-0 with a 4-1 win on Wednesday. Tyrell scored his first goal of the tournament in the 3rd period of the match for what became the game winning goal. TSN has an interview with Tyrell up on their website .
Canada's website has Tyrell with 1 goal and 2 penalty minutes in 6 games thus far in the tournament.
Game Seven is slated for Friday.
For anyone who is wondering, the Russian Superleague got underway yesterday with a full slate of games. Bolt Prospects will post game results when they become available on the league's official statistics site.
Unofficial scores and stats from the Dynamo website:
SKA defeated Chelyabinsk 3-2. No boxscore available. Anton But continues with St. Petersburg this season.
Dynamo defeated Omsk 3-1. Evgeny Artyukhin had 4 PIMs for Omsk.
Tver defeated Spartak 6-3. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless for Spartak.
Amur defeated Kazan 3-2. Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in the match for Ak Bars. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin loses his first start for Kazan to begin the season 0-1-0. Former Lightning player Nikita Alexeev also had an assist for Kazan.
It's been a long offseason and I've been waiting to do some cleaning on the prospects page. It's been somewhat unseemly to still have players listed with Springfield of the AHL, but without any definite placement of players in the system for '07-'08 that's how it had to be this summer. Now that we've seen the initial rosters for both Tampa and Norfolk's camps, however, we can start to put players into the appropriate teams for which they are going to camp with, which is what I did tonight. Throughout camp, as cuts are made, we'll adjust the page as appropriate to reflect the transactions.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves have signed right wing Justin Cross and defenseman Pat Oliveto. Cross, 25, played 73 games for Kalamazoo of the UHL last season, scoring 26 goals and 55 points with 28 penalty minutes. The 5'10" 185 lbs forward is entering his second season of professional hockey. Oliveto, 23, received a 7 game amateur tryout last season with Reading of the ECHL where he had 1 assist and two penalty minutes.
Both players are alumni of Niagara University of the Division I CHA. Cross' best college season came in 2003-2004 as a sophomore when he scored 12 goals and 29 points in 34 games with 14 penalty minutes. Oliveto posted his best college season last year as a senior with 2 goals, 21 points, and 26 penalty minutes in 36 games.