VANCOUVER (CP) - There were nights playing with the Anaheim Ducks that defenceman Shane O'Brien felt like a race horse being held back by a jockey.
His instincts told him to charge. But he was constantly being told to hold back, don't take any chances, don't make any mistakes.
That's why O'Brien is thankful for the change in style since being traded from the Ducks to the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. Read More (CBC Sports/Canadian Press)
While Adam Henrich had a strong month split between Johnstown of the ECHL and Springfield of the AHL earning a post Clear Day promotion to the Falcons and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik continued his development with Prince George, one prospect has remained as steady as a rock over the past few months.
It was a tough week for the Lightning's prospects, but one prospect did manage to put up some solid numbers.
Albert Vishnyakov scored the opening goal in Dynamo's 4-2 loss to CSKA.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 6-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
Quick update on former Lightning prospect Gerald Coleman, who was traded last week as part of a package for Shane O'Brien. Coleman started for Portland against Manchester on Saturday night, allowing 5 goals on 29 shots, including 4 on 14 shots in the 3rd period to break open a 1-0 game. The Pirates lost 5-1.
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of March 5, 2007:
SLU = Since Last Update (January 29)
*= Team leader in that category
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus Rating, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (30-28-6; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division; Clinched playoff berth)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
SLU: 15 Games Played; 1-2-3, -3, 8 PIM
2006-07: 53 Games Played; 5-14-19, -12, 49 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Erie Otters (15-45-3; 5th of 5 in Midwest Division; Last in OHL)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
2006-07 (Erie): 20 Games Played; 4-12-1, 5.08 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Sudbury): 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2006-07 (totals): 56 Games Played; 19-26-6, 3.79 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06 (Sudbury): 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga IceDogs (38-21-3; 2nd of 5 in Central Division; Clinched playoff berth)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
SLU: 14 Games Played; 7-8-15, +4, 23 PIM
2006-07: 58 Games Played; 42*-38-80, +29, 111 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with SSM/Miss.)
Current OHL Rankings: 5th in goals, 18th in points
Western Hockey League
Defense, Everett Silvertips (51-12-3; 1st of 5 in American Division; 1st in WHL; Clinched playoff berth)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 17 Games Played; 1-5-6, +2, 24 PIM
2006-07 (Everett): 24 Games Played; 4-9-13, +14, 26 PIM
2006-07 (Sw.Ct.): 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2006-07 (Totals): 57 Games Played; 8-24-32, +12, 122 PIM
2005-06 (SK/SC): 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM
Defense, Prince George Cougars (30-28-8; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division; Clinched playoff berth)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
SLU: 18 Games Played; 2-9-11, +1, 31 PIM
2006-07: 47 Games Played; 7-18-25, -1, 80 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Northern Michigan 3 - Ohio State 2
CCHA Tournament - Round 1, Game 3
The No. 10 seed in the CCHA tournament is providing some excitement as the Wildcats knocked off No. 7 seed Ohio State two games to one. Lightning prospect Dusty Collins was scoreless in game three and minus-1 with 2 shots. It was his overtime goal in game two that saved off elimination for Northern.
The Wildcats scored two shorthanded goals in the win but the story of the series was Northern's backup goaltender Brian Stewert of Burnaby, B.C. Only a freshman with a season save percentage of .890, he made 34 saves in the game for the win. Stewert replaced starter Bill Zaniboni midway through the second period of game one and stayed in net the rest of the series.
With Alaska's upset win over Western Michigan in three games, Northern was the second lowest seed to move on and will travel to No. 2 seed Michigan in the second round for a best of three series. Alaska, seeded No. 11 plays No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
Mississauga 2 @ Saginaw 8
Despite a win earlier this week, the IceDogs continue to struggle, this time getting crushed 8-2 in Saginaw. Chris Lawrence had an assist for Mississauga, who was only down 3-2 entering the third period. Lawrence was minus-1 with 4 PIM.
Oshawa 5 @ Erie 6 (Shootout)
The Otters snapped an 11-game losing streak and 7-game home losing streak with a 6-5 shootout win over super-prospect John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals Saturday night. Tavares had 1 first period goals against Lightning prospect Kevin Beech - Tavares' 60th and 61st goals of the year. Beech gave up 4 first period goals on 19 shots and did not see the ice for the remainder of the game. Justin Garay had 28 saves for the win for Erie.
Peterborough 3 @ Owen Sound 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless with an even rating as the Owen Sound Attack registered a 4-3 home win over the Petes.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 7
The Cougars got revenge on last-place Kelowna with a 7-4 win Saturday night. Vladimir Mihalik scored his 7th goal of the year on the power play to pace Prince George. He was plus-1.
Spokane 0 @ Everett 3
Dane Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 in the Silvertips 3-0 shutout win over Spokane.
Mississauga 2 @ Plymouth 8
The IceDogs finished their trip to Michigan with an 8-2 loss to the Whalers. That's 16 goals against in two games against Saginaw and Plymouth for Mississauga. Chris Lawrence was scoreless, minus-1, and had 4 PIM.
Erie 5 @ Toronto 4 (Overtime)
The Otters won their second game in as many days, beating Toronto St. Mike's 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay stayed in net for Erie after beating Oshawa the night before.
According to Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown Chiefs owner Jim Weber has received a new concessions revenue sharing plan from the Cambria County government which should allow the Chiefs to stay in Johnstown through the 2007-2008 season. Beyond 2007-2008 remains up in the air. A split of concessions may be enough for Weber to keep the team in Johnstown into the near future, but other scenarios could see the sale of the team to one of two NHL teams. Mastovich hints one of those teams would buy the team and move it in 2008-2009 to a new city where another rink is currently being built (speculated in internet rumors to be to suburban Philadelphia by the Flyers), while the other would try to keep the team in Johnstown and reevaluate after one year (presumably the Lightning).
The streak is over. Falcons win.
Karri Ramo stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in regulation and overtime before stopping a perfect 8 of 8 penalty shots for the shootout victory. For Ramo, who went 0 for February in the win department, it was his first victory since January 19th at Providence. David Spina had a pair of assists in the game while Adam Henrich and PJ Atherton (slipping nicely through a Clear Day loophole) scored Springfield's goals. Matt Smaby and Andy Rogers, freshly dried from a dip in Springfield Republican beat writer Fran Sypek's vitriol, each had primary assists in the game. Daniel Corso, who scored the winning shootout goal, was named first star of the game while Spina took third star honors.
The win breaks the Falcons' 8 game winless streak. Interesting takeaway stats from the game: the Falcons outshot the Sharks 31-27 partly on the strength of Atherton's team high 5 shots on goal. I know someone who wants a contract.
Newly acquired Nick Kuiper was +1 in the game. Joe Rullier did not suit up for the Falcons.
SPR Henrich, (3) (Smaby, Spina), 7:22
WOR Mink, (19) (Prudden, Cavanagh), 7:37
WOR Rome, (7) , 1:14
SPR Atherton, (1) (Rogers, Spina), 6:20 (PP)
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.