The Reading Royals played spoiler to the return of hockey to the Gulf Coast after a two-year hiatus following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Royals peppered former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey with 44 shots enroute to a decisive 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Lightning prospects have been held off the scoresheet in the Wolves' first three games
We was robbed.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 26 in taking the overtime loss. The Lightning were the victims of two controversial calls/non calls in the game.
Tampa Bay 3:25, Vaclav Prospal 9 (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 4:45, Michel Ouellet 2 (Chris Gratton, Mathieu Darche)
Buffalo 9:30, Maxim Afinogenov 2 (Thomas Vanek, Nathan Paetsch)
Buffalo 14:28, Paul Gaustad 3 (power play) (Tim Connolly, Brian Campbell)
Tampa Bay 6:14, Vincent Lecavalier 5 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Buffalo 13:13, Nathan Paetsch 1 (Jason Pominville, Jochen Hecht)
Buffalo 4:19, Thomas Vanek 3 (unassisted)
Boutin overtakes Munce on the depth chart???
Jonathan Boutin stopped 33 of 34 shots faced for the win in his first start of the season.
BRI Colliton, (2) (Comeau), 0:58 (SH)
NOR Jones, (3) (Wanvig, Klinkhammer), 0:31
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Taylor, Milley), 0:54
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Omsk's 4-2 win over Yarolslavl.
Boston University 2 @ #3 Michigan 4
D Mich. Kevin Quick 0-0-0 Even, 0 shots
The Freshman was scoreless and even in Michigan's (4-1-0) home win over a winless BU (0-3-1) team. Michigan goalie Billy Sauer, a Colorado prospect, won this one for the Wolverines saving 28 of 30 shots and held the Terrier offense off the board in the first period with 15 saves. The teams play again tonight.
In 3 games this season Quick is scoreless and +1.
Massachusetts 1 @ Providence 3
D UMASS John Wessbecker 0-0-0 Even, 0 shots
The Sophomore defensemen was scoreless as UMASS (2-2-1) dropped their first Hockey East game to Providence (1-4-0). The Friars out shot the Minutemen 35-21. The teams play again tonight in Amherst, MA in the second game of the home and home.
When Helenius gets really animated, he explodes into a steady cadence of Finnish and English. It's a hybrid of discordant syllables, and though no one really understands each word, the meaning is clear.
"There's some form of yelling coming out of his mask, but no one really knows what he's saying," Seattle coach Rob Sumner said.
"It just comes out naturally," Helenius said with a wide smile. "The players can figure out what I'm saying. There might be a couple of bad words, but those are bad words in Finnish, too."
For the remainder of the feature, see the Seattle Times story, T-Birds Goalie is a Force.
The Ads played a spirited first 45 minutes, but faded in the final 15.
Ryan Munce allowed 5 goals on 28 shots for the loss.
NOR Taylor, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 15:00
PHI Matsumoto, (4) (Picard, Ross), 2:47 (PP)
PHI Greentree, (3) (Matsumoto, Bartulis), 3:08 (PP)
PHI Zingoni, (3) (Cabana, Picard), 15:14 (SH)
NOR Jones, (2) (Wanvig, Milley), 15:43 (PP)
NOR Collymore, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 1:50
PHI Cabana, (1) (Picard), 5:08
PHI Ross, (2) (Tolpeko, Zingoni), 8:20 (PP)
PHI Guenin, (1) (Boucher), 19:15 (EN/SH)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Smaby, who made his NHL debut on October 4 against New Jersey, has recorded four penalty minutes in four games.
A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota product, Smaby spent a majority of last season at Springfield in the AHL, registering two tallies and 16 points in 66 contests. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 draft.
Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times speculates Smaby could return to Tampa after a three-game weekend with the Admirals and that this move looks to be unrelated to Dan Boyle returning.