Lightning CHL, NCAA Stats as of October 12

The following are the official statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League and NCAA (non-exhibition games) as of October 12, 2005. Leading the way are Stan Lascek, who’s third in the QMJHL in scoring, and Justin Keller, who stands at fourth in the WHL. Stanislav Lascek, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 9GP, 9-11-20, 14PIM (+8) Justin Keller, Kelowna (WHL): 10GP, 5-6-11, 4PIM (+2) Radek Smolenak, Kingston (OHL): 8GP, 7-4-11, 25PIM (+4) Blair Jones, Moose Jaw (WHL): 5GP, 3-6-9, 4PIM (+5) Chris Lawrence, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): 8GP, 1-6-7, 16PIM (+5) Mark Tobin, Rimouski (QMJHL): 10GP, 3-2-5, 32PIM (-8)

Mihalik Earns First Points of North American Career

Lightning 2005 First Round pick and Red Deer defenseman Vladimir Mihalik notched his first North American points Tuesday night as the Rebels crushed Brandon 9-4. Mihalik had two assists in the game to go with a plus-two rating. Mihalik played last season in Slovakia. Also Tuesday night, Kelowna winger Justin Keller moved into fourth place among WHL scorers with two assists in a 6-3 win over Saskatoon. Keller now has 11 points in 10 games.

Norrena/Linkopings Still Perfect

Today marked a battle of two of the best goaltenders in the Swedish Elitserien as Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings squared off with Stefan Liv and HV 71. The game did not disappoint as it took overtime to break a 2-2 deadlock for Linkopings to emerge victorious on the strength of a Tim Eriksson goal. Fredrik Norrena stopped 27 of 29 to improve his record to 7-0-0 on the season. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist also contributed an assist on Mikko Luoma's first period goal in the win.

Morgan Cey Injured

Bolt Prospects has learned from the Johnstown Chiefs that goaltender Morgan Cey is currently injured and still in Springfield, hence the reason for no formal reassignment to Johnstown of the ECHL. Developing.

Johnstown Chiefs Training Camp Roster

The Johnstown Chiefs have issued a press release announcing their training camp roster. Despite the lack of a formal announcement of reassignment, it appears goaltender Morgan Cey has lost the battle to be Springfield's backup goaltender to Gerald Coleman. There are currently 31 players in Chiefs camp, assuming the omission of goaltender David Currie from the press release:

Hurricanes Force Changes to Chiefs Schedule

It seems almost inconsequential in light of the human costs associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but damage caused by the recent storms has forced the Texas Wildcatters and Mississippi Sea Wolves to suspend operations for the 2005-2006 season. As a consequence the ECHL has released an amended schedule for the Johnstown Chiefs. Foremost among the necessary changes, the Chiefs' season opener has been moved up one day to October 21st. Johnstown will start on the road against the Columbia Inferno before returning home to play their previously scheduled home opener against Reading on the 22nd. Johnstown's training camp opened today and the team plans to play an intrasquad scrimmage and two preseason games before the opener in Columbia.

Hagglund Scores First Goal of the Season

Johan Hagglund scored a goal late in the third period as IK Oskarshamn defeated Nykoping 4-0 in Allsvenskan action. The goal was Hagglund's first of the 2005-2006 campaign, and came as he was elevated to the team's first line. Through 4 games he has 1 goal, 2 points, a team leading 16 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. Oskarshamn is currently seventh in the league standings with a 2-1-1 record.

Koshechkin Wins First Start of the Season

Lightning prospect netminder Vasily Koshechkin made his first start of the Superleague season today, scoring a big victory by upsetting Moscow Dynamo 3-2. The goaltender also played 12:24 of scoreless hockey in relief in Lada's last game, a 3-1 loss to Magnitogorsk. Albert Vishnyakov assisted on an Alexander Ryasnetsev goal midway through the third as Dynamo fell short in its comeback bid in the game. Also, Lightning prospect Dimitry Kazionov returned to the lineup for Togliatti. The former 2002 4th round pick had 4 penalty minutes in the game. Elsewhere, Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ales Pisa's first period goal as Khimik MO was rolled by Spartak Moscow 5-1.

Game Night 10/8: Panthers at Lightning

In the words of the godfather of soul, "My brother get ready, that's a fact! [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020032.HTM]Get ready you mother... for the big pay back."[/url] FLA-1 TB-2 Crazy ending whereby some questionable officiating nearly handed the Panthers a point, however John Grahame was large. PantherNation will spin this as proof of their impending playoff ascendency, but I prefer to look at it as John Grahame being able to match the best young goaltender in the game, Luongo, pretty much save for save the past two nights. The Lightning's offense is going to eventually come around. It's an inevitability. Goaltending was the question mark and so far John Grahame has the answer.

Game Night 10/8: Pirates at Falcons

Tonight marks the opening game of the second season for the Springfield Falcons under a full affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much is on the line as the Lightning try and establish the Falcons as a credible AHL club while at the same time developing desperately needed young talent which will be in the NHL sooner rather than later with the new CBA. I will be covering the game live using the B2 Networks' cybercast, so for those who aren't watching the Panthers/Lightning game, buckle up. [i]Update: I just wanted to add because I bagged on the internet connection I got to the B2 Network the last game that their service was nearly flawless all night long. Excellent job B2.[/i] Tonight's lineup and lines: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Artyukhin Reid/Henrich/Kvapil Fritz/Tarnasky Ranger/Rohloff H. Pratt/Egener O'Brien/Bombardir Eklund Coleman
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