Lascek Lighting It Up

Chicoutimi Sagueneens winger Stanislav Lascek moved into third place among QMJHL scorers Monday night with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Gatineau. Lascek now has eight goals and six assists in six games and should easily surpass the 18 goals he scored last year. Since being shutout in his first game this season, Lascek has scored at least one goal and two points in his last five games. Against Gatineau, Lascek was plus-one and had two penalty minutes. His goal was score shorthanded, his league-leading third shorthanded marker of the year.

Shootouts Unkind to Ramo/HPK

For the second straight game Karri Ramo and HPK fell in a shootout as HPK was defeated 3-2 today by Blues. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in regulation and the overtime session but saw his record fall to 1-1-2. AHL veteran Neil Little got the shootout victory. In 4 games Ramo has a 1.50 GAA and a .950 save percentage. Both are currently good for second in the SM-liiga statistically behind only Little.

Vishnyakov's Hot Streak Continues

The early season surprise of the Lightning's Russian prospects continued his torrid scoring pace today. Albert Vishnyakov scored two third period goals today as Dynamo knocked off Molot Perm 4-2. Also, in other action, Anton But scored a goal in Yaroslavl's 5-2 win over Chekov.

Rogers: Signed, Sealed and Sent Back to Junior?

620 WDAE [url=http://www.620wdae.com/localsportsstory.html?ID=20051003174714]is reporting defenseman Andy Rogers has been signed by the Lightning, and then promptly has been assigned to his junior club, Prince George of the WHL.[/url] The decision makes Timo Helbling the winner of the Lightning's #6 defenseman job. Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBXY12ODEE.html]confirms the signing and subsequent reassignment.[/url]

Springfield Re-assigns Nine to Johnstown

According to a Springfield Falcons Press Release, the following players were re-assigned to Johnstown (ECHL): Zbynek Hrdel (LW), John Toffey (LW), Randy Rowe (LW), Jonathan Boutin (G), Jay Rosehill (D), Brandon Elliott (F), Dennis Packard (LW), Justin Kelly (C), and Jean-Francois Soucy (LW). The Falcons have reduced their roster to 24 players including: three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. Springfield completed their preseason with a record of 2-1, including victories over the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack. Noteable among those remaining in Springfield are goaltenders Morgan Cey and Gerald Coleman, who now move into the finals of their battle to back-up Brian Eklund.

Holmqvist Notches First Point of Elitserien Season

Andreas Holmqvist was moved from the fourth pairing to the top pairing today for Linkopings and responded by notching his first point of the season, an assist on Tim Eriksson's second period goal. Fredrik Norrena stopped 38 of 41 shots faced as Linkopings defeated Leksands 4-3 to stay undefeated for the season. Through four games now Norrena is 4-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and a .942 save percentage. Linkopings currently sits in first place on the Swedish Elitserien table.

CHL Weekend Wrap-up

Leading Lightning prospects this past weekend were Chicoutimi winger Stanislav Lascek and Moose Jaw center Blair Jones, both with first-star efforts. Individual reports and stats include:

Lightning/Rogers Face Monday Signing Deadline

According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBGD2T1CEE.html]the Lightning are currently in contract negotiations with 19 year old defenseman Andy Rogers.[/url] The deadline to sign Rogers will be at 5pm Monday otherwise Rogers will have to be returned to his junior team, Prince George of the WHL. The mere fact that the Lightning are seriously discussing a contract with Rogers is likely an indication the club is favoring the blueliner over his competitor Timo Helbling. However, nothing is set in stone, and the team could still return Rogers to junior within 10 NHL games played.

Game Day 10/2: Wolfpack at Falcons (Exhibition)

Today's game represents one last chance to impress for bubble players looking to avoid reassignment to Johnstown of the ECHL. Among the players possibly in danger of missing the cut are: Morgan Cey, Zbynek Hrdel, J.F. Soucy, Brandon Elliot, Gerald Coleman and Dennis Packard. On a personal note, I'm plunking down the $6 for B2 Network's cybercast. Pretty good quality thus far. Looks like Eklund starting with Coleman backing up. Recap from [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2784.shtml]Falconsahl.com[/url] is up. HFD-4 SPR-5 (Final-OT) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Hartford- Giroux, (Genoway) [i]The Falcons are getting dominated at even strength by the Wolfpack, and that was especially so early in the period. Wolfpack took a handful of penalties that helped the Falcons get their legs, and although the power play looked decent and generated some chances the Falcons squandered a 5-on-3 and some other opportunities.[/i] [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Hartford- Dawes, (Baranka, Tselios) 3. Springfield- Henrich, (Reid, Rohloff) 4. Springfield- Jaspers, (Deveaux, Craig) 5. Springfield- Greco, (Milley, Campbell) 6. Hartford- Sparre

Game Day 10/2: Lightning at Panthers (Exhibition)

I'd rather have Luongo burn a performance like this in the preseason rather than when the bullets are real. Timo Helbling gets his last chance to impress today before the final cut. TB-0 FLA-4 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Florida- Hagman, (Gratton) (SH) [b]2nd Period[/b] 2. Florida- Huselius, (Olesz) [b]3rd Period[/b] 3. Florida- Hagman, (Huselius, Gratton) 4. Florida- Horton, (Weiss) (PP) Loss: John Grahame, 17/21 (2/2) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-2 FLA-0 1. Richards (0) 2. St. Louis (X) 3. Lecavalier (X) And the preseason mercifully comes to a conclusion.
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