Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 20:32
Canada did what Sweden could not do and solved Tuukka Rask to [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055225_74_1_0.html]defeat Finland 4-0[/url] and move on to the gold medal match against the winner of tonight's USA vs. Russia matchup. Rask made 39 saves on 43 shots and, in total, faced 96 shots in the span of 24 hours. Finland will play the loser of the USA vs. Russia game Thursday in the bronze medal match.
Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 20:26
What a gritty, gutty performance by a tired and undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning led by John Grahame. TB-1 NYR-0 (OT) John Grahame made 36 saves for the shutout while Vaclav Prospal picked countryman Petr Prucha's pocket to deposit the game winning goal late in overtime. Prospal's thievery was made possible by an incredible diving poke check just moments earlier by Paul Ranger on a Michael Nylander breakaway attempt. Ranger played 15:46 of even hockey with two takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin played a quiet 10:56 as the checking lines were limited in ice time due to newcomers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley joining the team. Ryan Craig was scratched again with a broken toe. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020585.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Out of medal contention after the round robin, Slovakia now must play two games in the relegation round. Their first opponent, Norway, unexpectedly put up a strong fight tonight as the Slovaks just [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055524_74_1_0.html]squeaked by 4-3[/url]. Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek notched a goal on 2 shots and was a +1. Vladamir Mihalik was +1 with one shot on goal. Marek Bartanus was -2 with 3 shots on goal. Slovakia will play Switzerland tomorrow in their quest to stave off relegation.
Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 11:27
Anton But continues to play well as he notched a goal and an assist tonight as the Lokomotiv steamrolled KHK MVD 6-1. Meanwhile, despite a great effort by Vasily Koshechkin, Michal Grosek's 3rd period goal was enough for SKA St. Petersburg to defeat Lada Togliatti 1-0. Koshechkin drops to 14-7-3 this year.
Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 10:13
In response to last night's injuries to Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio, [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2865.shtml]the Lightning have recalled wingers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The domino effect was the recall of left wing Randy Rowe from Johnstown of the ECHL to Springfield.
Submitted by pete on January 2, 2006 - 20:40
Finland found a way to win despite being vastly outplayed by rival Sweden to stay alive in the single elimination portion of the World Junior Championships. Despite being outshot 53-24 Finland needed just Teemu Laakso's overtime winning goal to advance. Tuukka Rask got the shutout for the Finns, who now advance to play Team Canada in the WJC semifinals. Lightning prospect Karri Ramo once again served the role of backup.
Submitted by pete on January 2, 2006 - 20:31
The Lightning actually found a way to beat a goaltender standing on his head tonight. TB-2 NYI-1 Sean Burke was outstanding stopping 35 of 36 faced for the victory. The Lightning outshot the Islanders 43-36 but Garth Snow was equal to the task until Paul Ranger sprung Martin St. Louis for the game winning short handed goal. Ranger was +1 in 13:21 of ice time with 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin played well again in 15:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Ryan Craig was scratched in favor of Dimitry Afanasenkov. Unfortunately, the win came at a price as forwards Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio were forced to leave the game with leg and back injuries. It remains to be seen if the situation is serious enough to warrant recalls from Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020580.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 21:31
A year ago Joe Pearce was not playing hockey. As a sophomore, Joe Pearce was not asked to return to Boston College to make room for freshman Cory Schneider. The Eagles did not want him. The Lightning, looking to protect the investment of a 2002 5th round pick, asked Pearce to forego his elligibility and turn pro. Pearce listened to neither, and stayed in school in pursuit of his degree. His patience has paid off. This year, with Schneider scheduled to be Team USA's starter at the World Junior Championships, Boston College knew they needed an experienced netminder to fill the void in his absence. Joe Pearce answered the call. After defeating Ferris State in a 4-3 shootout win on Friday, Pearce defeated Princeton 5-1 on Saturday [url=http://bceagles.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/recaps/010106aab.html]to help Boston College win the Denver Cup. Pearce himself was named MVP of the tournament[/url] posting a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage in the two games. Pearce has a year of NCAA elligibility left after this season. With the Lightning in possession of a glut of goaltending prospects, it's uncertain what Pearce's future with the Lightning will be. But for this weekend, Joe Pearce can definitely savor what he patiently waited for last season.
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 00:30
Finland [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055A20_74_1_0.html]defeated Switzerland tonight 4-1[/url] to improve their record to 2-2 in the round robin portion of the U20 World Junior Championships. Karri Ramo served the role of backup for the third time in 4 games as Tuukka Rask stopped 32 of 33 shots faced for his second win of the tournament. Finland finishes 3rd in Group A and will advance to the single elimination portion of the tournament. Unfortunately for Lightning prospect Karri Ramo, it looks like his last and only start of the tournament was the game against Team USA Wednesday night.
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 00:23
Slovakia [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055B18_74_1_0.html]fell 6-0 to Sweden tonight[/url] to end the round robin phase of the U20 World Junior Championships 1-3. Stanislav Lascek was held to 1 shot on goal and was a -1. Vladamir Mihalik was held shotless with 2 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. Marek Bartanus was held shotless and was a -2. Slovakia finished 4th out of 5 teams in Group B ahead of only winless Latvia.