Zero Fans See Falcons Drop 7-2 Decision to Lowell

The 2005-06 Springfield Falcons looked a lot like the dreaded 2004-05 Falcons as Lowell broke open a 2-2 second period tie to beat Springfield 7-2 Tuesday night. The game, which was added late to the exhibition schedule, [url=http://www.masslive.com/springfield/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1127894318249930.xml&coll=1] was played in an empty MassMutual Center[/url] and was described by Brandon Elliott as basically a scrimmage. Scoring for the Falcons, who dressed several tryout players, was Lightning prospect Zbynek Hrdel and tryout defenseman and former Ohio State Buckeye Doug Andress. Gerald Coleman and Jonathan Boutin continued their battle for depth chart supremacy with Coleman widening his lead by allowing two goals in his 30 minutes of action. Boutin allowed five to take the loss.

Rachunek Scores First Goal of the Season

Ivan Rachunek scored an unassisted 1st period goal today as Zlin defeated HC Chemopetrol 4-1 today in Czech Extraliga action. The point was the first of the season for Rachunek, a 2000 draft pick of the Lightning. Rachunek is also even in plus/minus rating with 14 penalty minutes through 8 games. Also in the Czech Republic, 2004 draft pick Jan Zapletal is scoreless through 3 games for Vsetin of the Extraliga. The former Regina Pat has an even rating with no penalty minutes thus far.

Glukhov Lone Scorer of the Day in Russia

Alexei Glukhov assisted on Khimik's 4th goal today in a 6-5 loss to SKA St. Petersburg. The helper is just the second point of Glukhov's season. All other Lightning prospects went scoreless for this tour with one game to be played tomorrow between Lada Togliatti and Salavat Yulayev.

Linkopings Opens Season With Victory

Fredrik Norrena stopped 32 of 34 shots today as Linkopings defeated Lulea 3-2 in its Elitserien opener. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist played sparingly for the club on its fourth defensive pairing. He did not register a point.

Lascek Named QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week

Chicoutimi Sagueneens right winger and 2005 Lightning fifth round pick Stanislav Lascek was named [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=801] QMJHL Offensive Player of the Week [/url] yesterday by the league. Lascek scored four goals while assisting on five others for a total of nine points in four games over the past week. Saturday, he scored a natural hattrick against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, which included a short-handed goal. Furthermore, while playing on a line with Sabres first rounder Marek Zagrapan, he scored one goal and one assist to help Chicoutimi defeat the Quebec Remparts 4-0 at the Georges-Vézina Center.

Rogers to Take Less??

Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/27/Lightning/Lightning_ponders_19_.shtml]reports in today's Times Andy Rogers may be willing to settle for 600K per on his rookie contract in order to stay with the Lightning this year.[/url] If Rogers were to be sent back to junior he would only receive a couple hundred dollars stipend for meals. "Taking less" in this case involves making $5,487.80 a game. No one will ever accuse young Mr. Rogers of being dumb.

Cristodero: The Real Showdown Is On Defense

In today's St. Pete Times, Damian Cristodero [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/26/Lightning/Defensemen_in_fight_f.shtml]writes Evgeny Artyukhin's place on the Lightning's roster is short lived[/url] and that the final battle is a showdown between Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling for the final defenseman spot in Tampa. Crisdotero goes on to mention Rogers' need for a contract if he is to be retained in Tampa.

Not So Fast

After making nine cuts after last nights exhibition game against the Buffalo Sabres, GM Jay Feaster [url=http://bolts.tbo.com/lightning/MGBX1LW62EE.html]reiterates that the Lightning will only carry 20 players on its opening night roster.[/url] The statement comes a day after Head Coach John Tortorella teased the team may carry an extra defenseman and, thus, 21 players into the regular season. Make up your mind guys.

Lightning CHL Stats as of September 26

The following are the official statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League. Leading all prospects – for any team – is Stanislav Lascek with nine points in four games. Lascek finished seventh in scoring in the “Q” last season. Stats as of Monday, September 26:

Smolenak, Lawrence score in OHL action Sunday

Lightning 2005 third round pick Radek Smolenak, trying to build on his 32-goals last season, notched his first goal of the year Sunday in a 5-3 Kingston win over Mississauga. Smolenak scored the game’s first goal, 2:20 into the first period and finished plus-one in the game. In all, four Lightning prospects played on Sunday. In other action, the Lightning’s second third round pick in the 2005 draft, Chris Lawrence, scored his first this year as Sault Ste. Marie beat Erie 4-1. Lawrence, who had 11 goals and 40 assists last year, also registered a plus-one rating.
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