Game Night 11/1: Thrashers at Lightning

Very disappointing outcome for a Lightning team that could've gone a long way towards burying a division foe by running their record to 3-0 head to head. ATL-6 TB-4 I continue to be amazed at the trust being earned by young Paul Ranger. 17:12 of ice time tonight was just 3 seconds less than veteran Darryl Sydor. Granted, Sydor hasn't been a pillar of strength this season, but it shows how well the young defenseman is meshing into the defensive corps already. Ranger was +1 with 1 shot on goal for the game. Tarnasky and Artyukhin played a very sparing three and a half minutes each. Tarnasky had 2 shots on goal and R2 had 3 hits, so they made the most of their limited time. Still, it seems to me the clock is ticking for the Lightning to make a decision about their lower lines. Springfield has a game tomorrow night so if Feaster is going to make a roster move word should come down pretty soon. In my opinion, developing players like Tarnasky and Artyukhin aren't well served playing 4 minutes (or less) a night for long periods of time. It's especially troublesome given the team's cap condition. So, to me, either there needs to be a commitment from Tortorella to play one or both of these players more that grows from the outright statement that they have won Cibak or Dingman's spot on the team (and that Feaster will bite the bullet and send one or both of those vets down and through waivers), or Tarnasy and R2 need to rejoin the Falcons. Game sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020180.HTM]from NHL.com.[/url]

The Ugliest Score in Hockey

Linkopings tied Lulea 0-0 today as goaltender Fredrik Norrena posted his league leading 4th shutout of the season. Norrena is now 9-3-2 on the season.

Game Day 10/30: Phantoms at Falcons

Rare is the time you only manage 19 shots on goal and still win a hockey game, but Springfield found a way tonight. PHI-2 SPR-3 Gerald Coleman wins his first game as a professional stopping 24 of 26 shots faced. Multi-point nights for Ryan Craig (first star), Ryan Vesce (second star and GWG) and Jason Jaspers. Todd Rohloff finally returned from injury and made a huge difference for the team defensively as he was paired with rookie Jay Rosehill. Both players received praise from Assistant Coach Russell after the game. No doubt the Falcons needed this win as they move into a more road game laiden portion of their schedule. Game sheet available [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001146]via TheAHL.com[/url].

Egener Hurt in Chiefs Debut

Mike Mastovich [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_303005108.html?keyword=secondarystory]reports defenseman Mike Egener was hurt[/url] in the second period of Saturday night's loss to the Toledo Storm and did not return to the game. The extent of Egener's injury is unknown at this time. Developing.

Boutin Recalled to Springfield

With Brian Eklund in Tampa and Morgan Cey apparently still trying to shake off the effects of a groin injury, [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2801.shtml]goaltender Jonathan Boutin has been recalled from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] Through 3 games "Boots" had a 0-2-0-1 record in Johnstown with a 3.29 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Koshechkin Runs Record to 6-2

It wasn't a shutout today for Vasily Koshechkin, but it was another victory as Togliatti defeated KHK MVD 3-2 in overtime. It was just the second time in his six seven starts since assuming the top spot in Lada that Koshechkin has allowed more than one goal in a game. Koshechkin improved his record to 6-2 as a starter allowing just 7 goals overall in the role.

Soucy On Fire

Last night J.F. Soucy had two helpers as Phoenix crushed San Diego 7-1 in ECHL action. Through five games Soucy has 1 goal and 5 points.

Game Night 10/29: Chiefs at Storm

The morning after edition... JHN-2 TOL-6 Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 40 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker which led to Toledo tacking on an empty net goal. Zbynek Hrdel had a power play goal as did John Toffey, his first as a pro. Brandon Elliot tacked on an assist on Toffey's talley. Brady Greco played a very chippy game with penalties that included a double minor for elbowing, fighting, instigation and high sticking. Game sheet available from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2298]ECHL.com.[/url]

Mihalik's First WHL Goal

We normally don't do updates in game on Bolt Prospects unless we're live blogging the event while we watch it, but here's a nice piece of news. Vladamir Mihalik [url=http://whl.ca/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001208]has scored his first WHL goal tonight[/url] for Red Deer. The Rebels are down 3-1 to Lethbridge at home after two periods. The goal in Mihalik's 4th point in 16 games this season.

Soucy Scores First Goal of the Season

In-Exhile Soucy scored his first goal of the season Friday night in Phoenix's 4-2 victory over San Diego. It's a shame he couldn't play well with others in Johnstown because the Chiefs could certainly use his newly rediscovered scoring touch.
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