Smolenak Loses, Too

Not to be outdone on this horrific night in the world of Lightning hockey, prospect Radek Smolenak, the only Lightning CHL prospect in action Thursday night, failed to hit the scoresheet and sat for five minutes for a checking-from-behind major as Kingston dropped a 5-3 decision at Toronto. Toronto's win snapped a five-game home losing streak.

Game Night 11/10: Ranger at Lightning

Is this rock bottom? NYR-5 TB-2 I want to vomit. Need more analysis? OK, I want to projectile vomit. This team can't seem to buy a timely goal or save in the third period and now even bounces are going off the back of opposing players' necks and into the net. Sub-.500, terrible. You don't want to see the game sheet.

Game Night 11/10: Monarchs at Falcons

Sickening. MAN-6 SPR-5 (SO) To blow a 3 goal lead in less than five minutes in inexcusable. There's good points and there bad points (used to be good ties and bad ties, but the cliche has to change with the times), tonight was a bad point for the Springfield Falcons. And there's not a heck of a lot more you can say about it. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001190]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Wins Opening Game of Karjala Cup

Lightning goaltending prospect Fredrik Norrena defeated Russia today in a shootout 3-2 to open the Karjala Cup tournament. The Finnish netminder stopped 20 of 22 shots faced before stopping all three Russian shooters faced in the shootout.

Rogers Ejected as Kelowna Crushes No. 7 Prince George

Andy Rogers of the Prince George Cougars was ejected in the third period of a 7-1 blowout loss to Justin Keller and the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night. Down 6-1 late in the third, Rogers took a checking-from-behind major penalty and subsequently a five minute fighting major against 6-foot-1 Kelowna winger Liam Couture. Both received game misconducts. Rogers was minus-one at that point in the game. Keller, on the other hand, had a goal and an assist to go with a plus-one rating for the game. His goal was his 13th of the year. Kelowna, who has struggled of late, had no problem with the 13-6-0-2 Cougars, the CHL’s No.7 team in the most recent CHL Mosaik MasterCard Top-10.

Karjala Cup Begins Today

The Finnish leg of the Euro Tour begins today with the opening two matches of the Karjala Cup. The best club team players from European nations Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic will square off for bragging rights. The Lightning's sole representative at the tournament will be Finnish netminder Fredrik Norrena, a mainstay on Finland's Euro Tour roster.

Kazionov to Dynamo

Both [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/tournament.php?tour_id=2006011&anchor=News&PHPSESSID=b4402cad104ec7e3e731a1d223b75f85]Russianprospects.com[/url] and Chelya's [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.ru]Tampabaylightning.ru[/url] are reporting C/W Dimitry Kazionov has been transferred to Moscow Dynamo of the Russian Superleague. The move came amidst a mass exodus of players from Togliatti as Lada lost roughly half of its players in a massive salary dumping measure. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, for the time being, remains with Togliatti (unfortunately). Kazionov will join Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov in a very deep Dynamo lineup. The bulk of Lada's players however, perhaps as many as eight depending on whether or not Caps prospect Alex Semin accepts his new playing address, ended up with Khimik MO. The mass influx of talent to Khimik MO may cost Alexei Glukhov valuable playing time, perhaps forcing him to transfer as well. So, unfortunately, this scenario hasn't played out well for the Lightning's prospects. Kazionov will likely remain in the 4th line defensive role he had for Lada. Alexei Glukhov may be out of steady work in Khimik. And, worst of all, Vasily Koshechkin will now have to back stop the equivalent of an Upper League team. Bad news all around.

Lightning Recall Gerald Coleman

Jonathan Boutin may be staying put in Springfield for a little while after all... Goaltender Gerald Coleman [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2811.shtml]has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning.[/url] The netminder is 3-2 this season for the Falcons with a .895 save percentage and a 3.21 goals against average.

Rogers Returns

After missing six games with an ankle injury, Andy Rogers returned to the ice for Prince George Tuesday night. Rogers was held scoreless and had an even rating for the game as the Cougars dropped a 4-3 decision in Portland. Prince George visits Justin Keller and the Kelowna Rockets tonight. Also Tuesday, Vladimir Mihalik was minus-one and had an obstruction-hooking penalty for Red Deer as the struggling Rebels lost 3-0 in Vancouver to the Giants. In the QMJHL, Mark Tobin was minus-two and had two penalty minutes as Rimouski lost to Lewiston, 4-2.

Eklund/Tarnasky Reassigned to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning have [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2810.shtml]reassigned Brian Eklund and Nick Tarnasky to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Both players will be available for the Falcons' game Thursday at home against Manchester. As a consequence, expect Jonathan Boutin and perhaps one skater to be reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL within the next 24-48 hours. The Chiefs' next game is Friday night against Trenton at home.
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