The Sea Wolves wasted no time putting the 0-3 road trip to Texas last weekend behind them as they scored 7 straight goals against Pensacola, hanging for an 8-5 victory Tuesday night. Marek Kvapil, fresh off a reassignment from Norfolk, earned Third Star honors as he poured in 2 goals and 2 assists. None of the other Lightning prospects assigned to Mississippi were in the lineup.
The Lightning now have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 4 goals on 26 shots including a couple of softies DQ would be envious of.
Buffalo 4:58, Clarke MacArthur 6 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 12:14, Jason Pominville 12 (Clarke MacArthur, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 10:00, Drew Stafford 13 (Derek Roy, Toni Lydman)
Buffalo 16:45, Derek Roy 19 (Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville)
Tampa Bay 19:22, Brad Richards 15 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:22, Vaclav Prospal 20 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Vincent Lecavalier)
The vultures are circling.
This past weekend, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle spent the All-Star break touring Western Canada watching potential and future Bolts.
Among the games the duo took in were the CHL Top Prospects Game and two games featuring 2007 second round pick Dana Tyrell. On Thursday night, Tyrell scored 2 goals in a 5-4 Prince George shootout loss to Lightning 2006 6th rounder Dana Crowley and Everett in front of Lightning leadership. After a game in Vancouver to see the Giants and Tri-City Americans on Friday, they saw Tyrell again, this time against Lightning 2007 4th rounder Mitch Fadden - a game that was a 9-0 blowout for Fadden and Lethbridge. Fadden had 2 assists in the game.
Feaster provided a quick review of the Lightning draftees for BoltProspects.
Kvapil, 5'10" and 188 pounds, appeared in two games with Norfolk after being assigned from Mississippi on January 14, registering one assist and an even rating.
Lascek, 6'0" and 195 pounds, joined the Admirals on December 29 from Mississippi. In four games with Norfolk, he went scoreless with a +1 rating.
Langley Chiefs 2 @ Victoria Grizzlies 0
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Tri-City Americans 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play
Lethbridge Hurricanes 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-0-1, E, 17 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting major-game misconduct), *Second Star*
The line of Zach Boychuck, Fadden, and Colton Sceviour (Dallas 4th round 2007) combined for 7 points and 39 PIM as they all received fighting majors in a brawl that took place with just over a minute left in the one-sided game. The three took all three star awards for the game, with Boychuck being the first star for his 2+1.
Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster and Norfolk General Manager Claude Loiselle were scheduled to be in Edmonton last night for the Oil Kings-Medicine Hat Tigers game.
The Tigers won the game 7-1. Notable draft eligible players (CSS Midterm rankings)include:
The days of former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey may be numbered as the Canadian Press reported over the weekend that the Mississippi Sea Wolves have signed former NHL first round pick Maxime Ouellet. Ouellet has been playing in Europe this season.
"I'm really excited to be joining the Sea Wolves," Ouellet said after signing Friday. "I'm happy to be able to return to North America, and I'm looking forward to being a part of this team in the run for the playoffs".
Following last Wednesday night's ECHL All-Star game in Stockton, CA, the Mississippi Sea Wolves had the unenviable task of starting the second half of the season with a three-in-three on the road against the ECHL's best team - the Texas Wildcatters. And just like that, all that momentum of a 10-2 January run to the All-Star game vanishes as the Wolves go 0-3 in Beaumont. Ryan Munce gave up 10 goals in two games, bringing the young goalie back to earth after a other-worldly run in 8 games prior to the All-Star event. Brandon Elliott played this weekend for the first time since early December.
No.1 Michigan 2 @ No.6 Michigan State 2 (OT)
D Kevin Quick, UM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal
Quick took a hard elbow to the head in the first period, drawing a penalty. The freshman maintained a regular shift throughout this highly competitive game, but got caught out of position on a couple of occasions resulting in MSU scoring chances and was picked from behind trying to carry the puck out of his zone in overtime that eventually resulted in a MSU power play. Michigan was only able to tie this game thanks to a penalty in front of the MSU keeper that wasn't called and a Spartan defenseman who tried to bat the airborne puck with his glove away from the net but instead knocked it behind his goalie for an own-goal. Ironically, MSU beat UM the night before on an own-goal.
Vermont 2 @ No.14 Massachusetts 2 (OT)
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)