Back Up and Running

I apologize to all who tried to access the site over the last 36 hours while we were down. Last I heard from Tim, we were having some hardware issues in Bolt Prospects Tower, Nashville. So what'd we miss in the mean time? -The Lightning [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020194.HTM]took a road loss in Ottawa 4-2[/url] in a game where I thought they played a decent road game for 45 minutes only to come unraveled at the end. -Zbynek Hrdel [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2806.shtml]was recalled by the Falcons[/url] from Johnstown after Adam Henrich was benched for two periods in Springfield's Wednesday victory over Albany. In other news from Johnstown, Mike Egener was slated to play in Friday's game against Trenton after leaving the previous game against Toledo with an undisclosed injury. -Vasily Koshechkin notched another shutout Friday with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo, his 6th of the season. The shutout was Koshechkin's 6th in 9 games and improved his record to 7-2-1 since becoming the starter for Lada Togliatti. -Springfield [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001164]defeated Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton 4-3[/url] on the strength of a Doug O'Brien overtime winning goal. Marek Kvapil had 2 assists in the contest and Gerald Coleman stopped 37 of 40 for the win. -The Johnstown Chiefs are still looking for their first victory of the season after dropping [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2320]a shootout loss in Trenton 3-2.[/url]

Norrena Records 10th Win of the Season

Linkopings ran roughshod today defeating Leksands 5-2. Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the victory. The win runs his record to 10-3-2 on the season. Linkopings is currently 3rd in the Elitserien 5 points behind first place HV 71.

Game Night 11/2: Falcons at River Rats

Blogging this one live via B2 Networks. It will be my first time to see Coleman this season. Tonight's starting lineup for the Falcons: Fritz/Jaspers/Craig O'Brien/H.Pratt Coleman Henrik Bergfors' brother Nicklas is starting for Albany. SPR-4 ALB-3 (3rd Period)

The Ugliest Score in Hockey: Part Two

Given that both netminders have led the Russian Superleague in every statistical category over the past month, maybe it isn't surprising Vasily Koshechkin and Travis Scott's showdown today in Magnitogorsk ended the way it did. Lada and Metallurg battled to a 0-0 tie as Vasily Koshechkin secured his 5th shutout in his last 8 starts. His record is now 6-2-1 for the season. Meanwhile, in Omsk, Anton But snapped out of a slump with a huge third period as he notched 3 helpers as Lokomotiv trounced Avangard 5-1.

Lightning NCAA Stat Update

The following Lightning prospects are currently playing in the NCAA. Stats are as of November 2, 2005. The Lightning has only one forward prospect playing in the collegiate ranks, as General Manager Jay Feaster has recently favored college hockey to stock the Lightning farm with defensemen. Matt Smaby, D, U of North Dakoka (Jr.): 8GP, 1-2-3, 25PIM Mike Lundin, D, U of Maine (Jr.): 6GP, 0-2-2, 2PIM P.J. Atherton, D, U of Minnesota (Sr.), 6GP: 0-1-1, 23PIM Dusty Collins, RW, U of Northern Michigan (Jr.): 6GP, 0-1-1, 19PIM John Wessbecker, D, U of Massachusetts (Fr.): 5GP, 0-0-0, 8PIM

Lightning CHL Stat Update

The following are the official statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League as of November 2, 2005. Leading the way are Stan Lascek, who’s third in the QMJHL in scoring, and Justin Keller, who stands at fifth in the WHL. Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 18GP, 15-21-36, 24PIM (+7) Justin Keller, RW, Kelowna (WHL): 17GP, 12-10-22, 12PIM (+4) Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL): 15GP, 7-14-21, 19PIM (+6) Radek Smolenak, LW, Kingston (OHL): 16GP, 9-10-19, 39PIM (+1) Mark Tobin, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL): 17GP, 6-5-11, 34PIM (-14) Chris Lawrence, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): 16GP, 1-9-10, 18PIM (+3)

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.
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