WJC Game 8: Switzerland vs. Finland

Finland [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055A20_74_1_0.html]defeated Switzerland tonight 4-1[/url] to improve their record to 2-2 in the round robin portion of the U20 World Junior Championships. Karri Ramo served the role of backup for the third time in 4 games as Tuukka Rask stopped 32 of 33 shots faced for his second win of the tournament. Finland finishes 3rd in Group A and will advance to the single elimination portion of the tournament. Unfortunately for Lightning prospect Karri Ramo, it looks like his last and only start of the tournament was the game against Team USA Wednesday night.

WJC Game 7: Slovakia vs. Sweden

Slovakia [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055B18_74_1_0.html]fell 6-0 to Sweden tonight[/url] to end the round robin phase of the U20 World Junior Championships 1-3. Stanislav Lascek was held to 1 shot on goal and was a -1. Vladamir Mihalik was held shotless with 2 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. Marek Bartanus was held shotless and was a -2. Slovakia finished 4th out of 5 teams in Group B ahead of only winless Latvia.

Game Night 12/31: Inferno at Chiefs

Randy Rowe is back, and so are the Chiefs. COL-4 JHN-7 Randy Rowe led the way for the Chiefs potting a New Year's Eve hat trick. He wasn't the high man in points, however, as Doug Andress had an outstanding 5 helpers in the contest. Much maligned Lightning prospect Adam Henrich also had an outstanding game potting two goals. All-star Jonathan Boutin, fortunately, didn't have to be as outstanding as last night stopping 31 of 35 for the win. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2630]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/31: Falcons at Pirates

Good news/bad news: SPR-4 POR-5 (OT) The good news is the Falcons got a point finally after a long drought. The bad news is that they blew a 3-0 lead and had to scramble for a 3rd period tying goal just to get that point. Ryan Vesce led the way for Springfield with the key tying goal and an assist while veteran Jim Campbell dropped in two assists. Goaltender Brian Eklund stopped 36 of 41 shots faced in the loss. Honest question: How much longer does Jonathan Boutin stay in the ECHL while Eklund and Coleman continue to give up 4+ goals a night? Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001496]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Ramsay to Undergo Surgery

TSN.ca [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=148895&hubname=]reports Lightning Associate Coach Craig Ramsay will undergo surgery for prostate cancer.[/url] In his absence, Springfield assistant coach Darren Rumble will assume Ramsay's duties in handling the defense pairings for the Lightning. Bolt Prospects wishes Coach Ramsay speedy recovery.

Magnitogorsk Wins Spengler Cup

Metallurg Magnitogorsk won their first Spengler Cup today defeating Canada in the final match 8-3. Veteran NHLer Dimitri Yushkevich was named Russia's best player in the match while HC Davos' Josef Marha was named best player in the tournament. Morgan Cey did not play leaving Andy Chiodo to concede all eight goals allowed to Magnitogorsk.

WJC Game 6: Finland vs. Norway

After facing arguably the two best teams in the tournament right from the jump, Finland finally broke through with a win in their third game [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055A16_74_1_0.html]beating hapless Norway 9-1.[/url] Finland's victory was quick and decisive as they went to the first intermission up 7-0. Tuukka Rask started and stopped 16 of 17 shots faced to move the team to 1-2 for the tournament.

Dingman Clears Waivers

With his agent no more able to engineer a trade than Jay Feaster was, LW Chris Dingman has cleared waivers and [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/]has been assigned to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Dingman's reassignment may necessitate the demotion of a forward like Justin Kelly or Dennis Packard back to Johnstown of the ECHL.

Keller Beats Calgary (By Himself)

LW Justin Keller scored all three goals for Kelowna tonight, including the overtime game winner, as the Rockets defeated the Calgary Hitmen 3-2. Keller now has an even 30 goals on the season which leads the WHL in goal scoring. His 49 points places him in third in the league in scoring just one shy of Saskatoon's Devin Setoguchi and 6 shy of Moose Jaw's Troy Brouwer. And, while it's expected that Mark Tobin will be moved by Rimouski by the QMJHL's January 8th trade deadline, he was an Oceanic tonight. Tobin scored 2 goals as Rimouski went down in overtime 4-3 to Shawinigan.

WJC Game 5: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia

For the first time in this tournament, Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek was held without a point as [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055B14_74_1_0.html]Slovakia was defeated 5-3 by the Czech Republic[/url] to fall to 1-2 on the tournament. Defenseman Vladamir Mihalik, however, had his best game offensively in a major international tournament notching two power play assists in the third period to key a futile comeback bid. Mihalik was -1 in the game while Lascek was also -1 with 4 shots on goal. Alternate Marek Bartanus also made his first appearance for Slovakia with a -1 rating, 2 penalty minutes and 0 shots on goal.
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