The Seattle Thunderbirds have confirmed goaltender and Lightning prospect Riku Helenius has been named to the Finnish World Junior team that will take part in the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, from December 26 to January 5.
"We are very happy for Riku that he has been selected to play for Team Finland," said T-Birds General Manager Russ Farwell. "He has established himself as a top goalie in our league and we expect him to be a key member of Team Finland."
Helenius left December 10 for the Team Finland World Junior Evaluation Camp. He is now with the Finnish team as they prepare for the tournament. He has an 8-7-5-0 record with the T-Birds this season and a goals against average of 2.61, a save percentage of .911, and one shutout.
Helenius, who will be the only Lightning draftee at this year's WJCs, was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
What gives HF? Seriously.
Look, we're long past the point of expecting anything resembling objectivity considering one of your top writers was once quoted as claiming Blair Jones was "trash" because he was a 4th round pick, but can you guys at least acknowledge that Mike Lundin (another 4th round pick, so I guess that makes him "trash" too) has made the NHL? Is that really too much to ask?
Sweden finished 0-3 in the Channel One Cup on the Euro Tour yesterday. Lightning prospect Johan Harju appeared in the tournament for the Swedes posting an assist and 6 penalty minutes largely in fourth line duty. Russia finished atop the tournament table at 3-0 led by former Lightning prospect Fedor Fedorov.
North American junior game results from Saturday and Sunday:
According to Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times, Lightning prospect Luca Cunti has informed the team he is going to leave school after waiting for clearance to play for the entire Fall semester of school. Cunti will now likely join Chicago of the USHL before weighing his other options which may include returning to SCSU next Fall, but early indications are that scenario is unlikely.
Bolt Prospects would like to thank the NCAA Clearing House for wasting half a year of one of the Lightning's prized prospects' time and for denying him the opportunity to develop in a situation that would've been ideal for his growth as a player.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.
Washington 0:08, Dave Steckel 2 (Brian Pothier)
Tampa Bay 5:50, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (Vaclav Prospal)
Washington 5:06, Brian Pothier 3 (Matt Pettinger, Tomas Fleischmann)
Mathieu Darche was -1 in 16:28 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 2 hits.
Mike Lundin continues to get minimal ice time, playing 11:39 tonight with a -1 rating a 1 blocked shot.
Blair Jones played 1 shift. 9 seconds. Someone do the math how much money he made on a per second basis tonight. Talk about easy money.
Pretty sad when your goaltender only lets one in and you still lose.
Karri Ramo allowed just 1 goal on 27 shots but the punchless Ads were unable to give the young netminder a sliver of goal support. Ramo drops to 2-4-0 on the season.
PHI Powe, (2) , 10:08 (SH)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Friday night's highlights:
- Jung continues to play well for Kelowna
- Fadden and Lethbridge make their Top-10 debut
- Tyrell and Prince George struggling
Eventually when you keep subtracting forwards, something like this happens.
Karri Ramo held Hershey to 1 goal through 40 minutes but the floodgates opened in the third. He allowed 3 goals on 25 shots in the game for the loss before being lifted for Jonathan Boutin who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Norfolk was outshot 29-20 in the game.
HER Joudrey, (3) (Potulny, McNeill), 8:50
HER Wilson, (6) (Barney), 3:47
HER Joudrey, (4) (Potulny, Lepisto), 5:07
NOR Stewart, (7) , 8:56
HER Barney, (3) (Wilson, Morgan), 10:14
HER Potulny, (9) (Lepisto, Wilson), 17:51 (PP)
Blair Jones was a key cog at forward for Norfolk so far this season playing over 20 minutes a night with a significant power play role. It will take time for the Admirals to adjust to his absence.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
In response to the callup of Blair Jones, the Norfolk Admirals have signed center Bracken Kearns to a professional tryout contract. Kearns, 26, has played 17 games for Reading this season scoring 5 goals and 18 points with 17 penalty minutes. Kearns has one full year worth of AHL experience having played 79 games for Milwaukee in 1996-97 scoring 11 goals and 26 points in 79 games with 59 penalty minutes. The 6'0" 195 lbs forward spent his formative years playing for the University of Calgary of the CIS where he had 12 goals and 35 points in 43 games with 18 penalty minutes as a senior.