Jones, Keller, Lascek Excel on First Full Night in CHL

On a night when the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL were all in full-swing, Lightning prospects failed to make a heavy impact on their respective scoresheets as a whole, but that’s not to say no one had a big impact. Leading the way for Lightning prospects Friday night was 2005 fourth round pick Blair Jones of the Moose Jaw Warriors who had a goal and two assists in his season debut. Also excelling were Stanislav Lascek and Justin Keller, and Vladamir Mihalik made his first North American start. Friday night’s summary:

Bartanus, Owen Sound Drop Opener in Barrie

Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack fell in their OHL season opener Thursday night 6-4 to the Barrie Colts. Bartanus did not register a point in the game, but did manage an even rating and an accumulation of six official penalty minutes, and a ten minute misconduct which doesn't count toward his penalty minute count. Bartanus was whistled for inteference, unsportsmanlike conduct, and hooking penalties in the game. The two teams accounted for 85 minutes in penalties. Thirty minor penalties were assessed by referees Chris Hodgins and Terry Hobor, 15 to each team. Bartanus's misconduct followed his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which was likely for diving as a Colt was charged with hooking on the play.

Opinion: What The 2005-2006 Falcons Roster Will Look Like

Fran Sypek of the Republican did [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1127348101241090.xml&coll=1#continue]a good, concise writeup on the impending Falcons training camp Wednesday after the Lightning reassigned 18 players to Springfield.[/url] So, with the Falcons' beat writer breaking the tape I believe it can be officially declared that speculating on Springfield's roster to be fair game. In this blog entry I'll give a good crack at it.

Game Night 9/22: Lightning at Hurricanes (Exhibition)

TB-2 CAR-5 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Carolina- Larose, (unassisted) (SH) (PS) 2. Carolina- Richmond, (Cole, Vasicek) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Tampa Bay- Afanasenkov, (Modin, Sydor) (PP) 4. Carolina- Vasicek, (Cole, Larose) 5. Carolina- Boulerice, (Cole, Richmond) 6. Tampa Bay- Sydor, (Boyle, Modin) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 7. Carolina- Vasicek, (Cole, Commodore) Loss-John Grahame, 25/30, (2/4) [b]Shootout[/b] TB-1 CAR-2 1. Prospal (0) 2. [i]Kvapil[/i] (X) 3. Boyle (0) 4. Afanasenkov (0) Streaming audio broadcast can be found at [url=http://www.620wdae.com]WDAE's website.[/url] This thread will be updated in progress throughout the night.

Zapletal Back in Europe

After spending last season with Regina of the WHL, defenseman Jan Zapletal has returned to the Czech Republic to play for HC Vsetin of the Extraliga. The 2004 6th round pick had 3 goals and 5 points in 55 games last season for the Pats. He has yet to dress for any of Vsetin's games thus far. Also, goaltender Vasily Koshechkin has reassumed backup duties for Lada Togliatti of the Russian Superleague. An 8th round pick in 2002, Koshechkin played two shutout periods of relief for Togliatti in a 3-1 loss to Yaroslavl on September 17th.

OHL Season Begins

The 2005-06 Ontario Hockey League season got underway last night when Paul Mara's alma mater, the Plymouth Whalers, beat Marek Kvapil's former team, the Saginaw Spirit, 7-2. It looks like Saginaw is in for a long year once again. A Lightning member in Traverse City this year, Spirit defenseman Steve Whitely, was minus-two for the game. Tonight, September 22, Lightning prospects get into action as Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack visit the Barrie Colts. Bartanus had a goal in Owen Sound's final exhibition game and is expected to provide offense in his first season in North America. Bartanus, a fourth round pick of the Bolts this year, had 14 goals and 14 assists in 34 games for HC Kosice in the Slovakia junior league last year.

Lightning Announce First Cuts

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced 20 cuts from their training camp roster. The following players have been returned to their junior clubs: LW Justin Keller, Kelowna (WHL) D Vladimir Mihalik, Red Deer (WHL) The following prospects have been sent to Springfield of the AHL: G Jonathan Boutin G Morgan Cey G Gerald Coleman D Mike Egener LW Brandon Elliott D Brady Greco LW Adam Henrich RW Zbynek Hrdel LW Norm Milley LW Dennis Packard D Paul Ranger RW Darren Reid D Jay Rosehill C Jean-Francois Soucy C John Toffey The following professional veterans have been assigned to Springfield of the AHL: RW Jim Campbell LW Mitch Fritz D Harlan Pratt

Tobin Scoreless in Rimouski Loss

Mark Tobin managed just two shots on goal and an even rating for Rimouski in a 3-2 Tuesday night loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Tobin continues to receive solid ice time for a depleted Oceanic squad. Rimouski fell to 1-2 after the loss. They play their fourth straight home game Friday vs. Gatineau.

Game Night 9/20: Lightning at Canadiens (Exhibition)

As the old addage goes: some times you get the bear, and sometimes [url=http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/boxscore?gid=2005092010]the bear gets you.[/url] The Lightning will finish their road trip at Carolina on Thursday night.

Weekend QMJHL Wrap-up

After a slow start to their respective seasons, Lightning QMJHL prospects Mark Tobin and Stanislav Lascek had big offensive nights on Sunday as the opening weekend of the 2005-06 QMJHL season came to a close. After dropping a 5-0 decision to Quebec to start the year last Thursday, Tobin and Rimouski came back strong Sunday against Drummondville, winning 6-2. Tobin recorded two goals and an assist in the game to go along with two penalty minutes and a plus-two rating. Tobin’s first goal came five minutes into the second period and proved to be the game winner for Rimouski. He added a power play goal early in the third. L’Oceanic was outshot badly in the game, 48-22.
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