After starting the season with an undefeated run through their non-conference schedule and being ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Maine Black Bears (21-12-2), now ranked #14, struggled through the Hockey East schedule. The Black Bears finished fifth in the conference and failed to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the conference tournament, which opens this weekend with Maine against #15 Massachusetts.
Despite their rough road this season, defenseman Mike Lundin has continued his consistent play on the blue-line for the Black Bears, becoming a leader in the locker room. This has him optimistic about his future in hockey and with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What a wretched third period.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in the loss as the Lightning were outshot 28-17 in the game. Vincent Lecavalier had the only Lightning goal with assists from Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle. The Lightning collapsed practically from the drop of the puck in the third period allowing three goals in the frame to drop them 2 points back of Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Shame.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
In their opening match of the Elitserien playoffs, #4 Linkopings easily knocked off #7 ranked Lulea 6-1. Lightning blueline prospect and Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of power play assists in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.
In other games on the schedule, #1 Farjestads shut out #8 Mora 4-0, #6 Brynas defeated #2 HV71 4-3 and #5 Timra beat #3 MODO 2-1.
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)