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.

Lightning Prospects Have Strong Showing in 11th Superleague Tour

After a couple a down tours, the Lightning prospects stepped up in tour 11 of the Russian Superleague. Surprise prospect of the season Albert Vishnyakov led the way with Dynamo's final goal in a 3-0 victory over CSKA. The goal is Vishnyakov's 4th of the season and his 7 points in 11 games moves him past Alex Polushin into second place in scoring amongst Lightning Russian prospects. Polushin's Cherepovets club will finish the 11th tour tomorrow in a match against SKA St. Petersburg. Anton But assisted on a game opening Nik Ignatov goal as Yaroslavl tied Tver 2-2. Awaking from a long slumber, winger Nikita Alexeev assisted on a 3rd period goal to send Omsk to overtime where they eventually fell 2-1 to Kazan. Alexei Glukhov assisted on Valeri Zelepukin's game opening goal as Khimik defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1.

Perrin Scores His First in SC Bern Victory

Center Eric Perrin scored his first goal of the NLA season yesterday as SC Bern defeated Fribourg 3-1. With the goal Perrin now has 1 goal, 5 assists and 6 points in 8 games.

It's a Small World After All

Fans of teams in the Southern half of the US have been at a general disadvantage in following their prospects. The distance between folks in Tampa and destinations from Moscow to Moose Jaw made it nearly impossible to keep tabs on their future players leaving them to rely on static sources of information like the once a year THN Future Watch edition or sites like Hockey's Future which struggle to update content on a monthly basis. Times are changing though. The internet allows real time posting of scores from around the globe. Bolt Prospects is taking advantage of the net to present information from a dozen leagues world wide as it occurs with commentary from a Lightning perspective. And now, the internet is looking like it will hold even more in the future for prospect watchers with cybercasts.

Lightning's Finnish Goaltending Prospects Still Pouring It On

Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings improved their record to 3-0 today defeating MODO 1-0. Norrena made 18 saves for the shutout victory. Andreas Holmqvist again played on the fourth pairing for Linkopings. Meanwhile, in the SM-liiga, goaltender Karri Ramo turned in a masterful performance for HPK, which fell 2-1 in a shootout loss. Still, Ramo dazzled stopping 39 of 40 shots in regulation and the OT session to earn second star honors.

Artyukhin Sent to Springfield

Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/10/01/Lightning/Full_team_produces_em.shtml]Evgeny Artyukhin was assigned to Springfield of the AHL[/url] after the conclusion of tonights Lightning/Hurricanes preseason tilt. The Lightning roster now stands at 21 players with Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling battling for the final roster spot.
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