Spengler Cup Day Three: Canada Crushes Elsbaren Berlin

Today, in their third match of the Spengler Cup tournament, Team Canada crushed German DEL club Elsbaren Berlin 6-1. Dale McTavish led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals. Andy Chiodo won for Canada to improve their record to 2-1 for the tournament while Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allowed no goals in late mop up duty.

Novosibirsk Shuts Out Togliatti

Novosibirsk defeated Lada Togliatti hadily today by the score of 3-0. The loss drops Vasily Koshechkin to 14-6-3 on the season. Also, this week, goaltender Travis Scott of Metallurg Magnitogorsk finally moved past Koshechkin into first in the Russian Suerleague in save percentage. Anton But also had a helper today as Yarolslavl tied Chekov 3-3. But continue to lead all Lightning prospects in Russia in scoring.

Reid Reassigned to Springfield

[url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBDQXGKSHE.html]According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib[/url], RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers. Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.

Game Night 12/28: Canadiens at Lightning

Good news/bad news... MTL-4 TB-3 The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games. Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020546.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Smolenak Back With Frontenacs

Lightning prospect winger Radek Smolenak is back with the Kingston Frontenacs after his late cut from the Czech Republic's WJC team. Smolenak was held scoreless in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa Wednesday night.

Game Night 12/28: Falcons at Sound Tigers

Geez... SPR-0 BRI-4 The way things have been going lately, Brian Eklund allowing 4 goals on 38 shots is practically a command performance. The Falcons will seek to snap their long losing streak Friday against Manchester. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001465]TheAHL.com.[/url]

WJC Game 4: USA vs. Finland

Finland was more than game tonight against tournament favorite USA going down in a narrow defeat 6-5 to fall to 0-2 on the tournament. Finland roared back from a 6-3 deficit in the 3rd period to get the game within striking distance before failing to get the tying goal with the extra attacker on. Prospect Karri Ramo made his first appearance of the tournament facing a 43 shot barrage and making 37 saves in the contest.

WJC Game 3: Russia vs. Slovakia

Despite the best efforts of Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek, Team Slovakia fell to Russia 6-2 Wednesday night to fall to 1-1 on the tournament. Lascek tallied a goal and added a helper and now has 7 points in 2 games thus far. Fellow prospect Vladamir Mihalik was scoreless with 2 shots on goal and a -1 rating in the game.

WJC Game 2: Slovakia vs. Latvia

Slovakia was successful in its tournament opener [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055B06_74_1_0.html]defeating lightweight Latvia 7-4.[/url] Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek moved into a tie for the tournament lead in points notching a hat trick and adding two helpers while playing on the top line for Slovakia with his Chicoutimi teammate Marek Zagrapan. Fellow Lightning prospect Vladamir Mihalik helped the cause with an assist on a Juraj Gracik second period goal in his first U-20 World Junior Championship appearance. In the night's other contest Switzerland squeaked by underdog Norway 2-0. Slovakia's next match is tomorrow night as they draw marquee Pens prospect Evgeni Malkin and the Russians. Also tomorrow, the much awaited contest between Finland and USA that will likely be goaltender Karri Ramo's tournament debut.

Canada Beats Davos on Day Two of the Spengler Cup

Team Canada [url=http://www.spenglercup.ch/Data/show_bericht.cfm?Id=226]defeated Swiss club team HC Davos today 4-2 in their second match of the Spengler Cup.[/url] Morgan Cey again played the role of the backup behind Andy Chiodo. Former Springfield Falcon Jean-Guy Trudel was named player of the match for Team Canada.
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