Bolt Prospects will, hopefully, be wrapping up the game evaluation process for the Midterm Rankings and will continue that effort tonight live blogging the Falcons/Pirates game tonight via the B2 Networks feed. Springfield will be missing veterans Norm Milley, Randy Rowe and Dan Cavanaugh tonight, leaving a depleted Falcons squad in a tough spot. Zbynek Hrdel has been recalled to the Falcons as a consequence. As always, check between periods for regular intermission reflections and updates.
Tonight's Starting Lineup:
1. SPR- Corso, (unassisted)(SH)(PS)
2. POR- Wirtanen, (Salcido, Skinner)(PP)
3. SPR- Kvapil, (Healey, Lascek)
4. SPR- Corso, (Spina, Healey)
5. POR- Wirtanen, (Shannon, Bembridge)
6. SPR- Spina, (Delmore, Healey)(PP)
7. POR- Shannon, (Konopka, Durno)
The last five minutes of that game nearly gave me a coronary.
Marc Denis stopped 29 of 31 shots and got some help from his friend Mr. Post to secure his 9th win of the season. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each had 1 goal and 1 assist while Paul Ranger escaped Chateau au Bow Wow to register 2 helpers in the game. Defenseman Dan Boyle scored the other Lightning goal. The Lightning pull into the halfway point of the season 1 game under .500 with 40 points and tonights victory will not stop trade winds from gusting.
On a site administrative note: with their 41st games played of the season Eric Perrin and Doug Janik have graduated from overage prospect status and will be moved into the Bolt Prospects Alumni section of the prospect page. Congratulations to both men on their success and proving they have what it takes to make it at hockey's highest level.
Tampa Bay 8:42, Martin St. Louis 26 (shorthanded) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 13:52, Dan Boyle 9 (Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 0:44, Mark Parrish 14 (Pavol Demitra, Mikko Koivu)
Tampa Bay 14:54, Vincent Lecavalier 22 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Paul Ranger)
Minnesota 13:45, Pavol Demitra 11 (Mikko Koivu, Mark Parrish)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 3-2 win over Khimik. It was the third game the elder Kazionov has missed this season. Dimitri's brother Denis, also a Lightning prospect, plays for Superleague club Tver.
Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist registered two assists today as Linkopings blasted Mora IK 7-2 in Elitserien play. Holmqvist now has 5 goals and 15 points in 33 games this season. Last season Holmqvist posted 6 goals and 22 points in 46 games.
Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.
Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.
Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.
Johnstown Chiefs rookie defenseman P.J. Atherton is the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 25-31, 2006.
The 24-year-old helped the Chiefs close out 2006 with back-to-back wins scoring seven points (2g-5a) in three games. In a 7-1 win at Wheeling on Dec. 30, Atherton scored the game-winning goal and set a career high with four points including his third three-assist game of the season. He had two assists, including on the game-winning goal, in a 5-2 win against Toledo on Dec. 31 for his fifth multiple-point game and fourth multiple-assist game of the year.
Third period collapse.
Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 31 shots in the loss. Eric Healey had 2 goals and 1 assist for the Falcons while Norm Milley chipped in a pair of helpers. Matt Smaby had the other Falcons goal, his second of the season, and individual helpers belonged to Doug O'Brien, Daniel Corso and Blair Jones. Healey was named third star of the game. Justin Keller remains out of the Springfield lineup with an ankle injury. The Falcons fall to 19-16-1 with the loss.
SPR Healey, (15) (Milley, O'Brien), 18:19 (PP)
WOR Rome, (4) , 5:22
SPR Healey, (16) (Milley, Corso), 11:33
WOR Iggulden, (12) (Darche, Mink), 14:39
WOR Cavanagh, (7) (Bernier), 0:12
WOR Traverse, (2) (Armstrong, Ferguson), 4:21 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (13) (Armstrong, Darche), 14:40
SPR Smaby, (2) (Jones, Healey), 19:02
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Congratulations to Jonathan Boutin!
He can put that award next to his Bolt Prospects one I guess. :)
While Team Slovakia has failed to have a good showing in Sweden at this year's World Junior Championships, going 0-4 in round robin play and losing their first relegation game, the Lightning organization has been pleased with the play of 2005 first rounder Vladimir Mihalik, a 6-8 defenseman from the WHL's Prince George Cougars.
Mihalik has 1 goal, 2 penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating for the tournament and was named Team Slovakia's top player for their game against Sweden.
One member of the Lightning scouting staff currently in Sweden said, "Mihalik is maturing nicely, improving steadily, and he did some good things here."
You can almost feel the trigger being pulled on an impending trade. Until it is, this team will continue to amble on a road to nowhere. With their loss tonight, the Lightning have guaranteed they will pull into the halfway point of the season with a sub .500 record.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 26 shots faced in the loss. Doug Janik scored his first regular season NHL goal while Filip Kuba added his 7th of the season. Assists belonged to Tim Taylor, Andre Roy, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Barring their missing the Lightning's next game, Janik and Eric Perrin will graduate from overage prospect status according to Bolt Prospects rules.
Tampa Bay 9:18, Doug Janik 1 (Tim Taylor, Andre Roy)
Montreal 17:53, Tomas Plekanec 4 (Alexei Kovalev, Francis Bouillon)
Montreal 15:44, Alexei Kovalev 10 (power play) (Saku Koivu, Sheldon Souray)
Tampa Bay 16:15, Filip Kuba 7 (Martin St. Louis, Brad Richards)
Montreal 6:01, Tomas Plekanec 5 (Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov)
Montreal 13:52, Michael Ryder 11 (Francis Bouillon, Saku Koivu)
Montreal 19:41, Christopher Higgins 12 (empty net) (Mike Johnson, Radek Bonk)
Game sheet from NHL.com.