Submitted by pete on January 2, 2006 - 20:31
The Lightning actually found a way to beat a goaltender standing on his head tonight. TB-2 NYI-1 Sean Burke was outstanding stopping 35 of 36 faced for the victory. The Lightning outshot the Islanders 43-36 but Garth Snow was equal to the task until Paul Ranger sprung Martin St. Louis for the game winning short handed goal. Ranger was +1 in 13:21 of ice time with 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin played well again in 15:11 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Ryan Craig was scratched in favor of Dimitry Afanasenkov. Unfortunately, the win came at a price as forwards Fredrik Modin and Rob DiMaio were forced to leave the game with leg and back injuries. It remains to be seen if the situation is serious enough to warrant recalls from Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020580.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 21:31
A year ago Joe Pearce was not playing hockey. As a sophomore, Joe Pearce was not asked to return to Boston College to make room for freshman Cory Schneider. The Eagles did not want him. The Lightning, looking to protect the investment of a 2002 5th round pick, asked Pearce to forego his elligibility and turn pro. Pearce listened to neither, and stayed in school in pursuit of his degree. His patience has paid off. This year, with Schneider scheduled to be Team USA's starter at the World Junior Championships, Boston College knew they needed an experienced netminder to fill the void in his absence. Joe Pearce answered the call. After defeating Ferris State in a 4-3 shootout win on Friday, Pearce defeated Princeton 5-1 on Saturday [url=http://bceagles.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/recaps/010106aab.html]to help Boston College win the Denver Cup. Pearce himself was named MVP of the tournament[/url] posting a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage in the two games. Pearce has a year of NCAA elligibility left after this season. With the Lightning in possession of a glut of goaltending prospects, it's uncertain what Pearce's future with the Lightning will be. But for this weekend, Joe Pearce can definitely savor what he patiently waited for last season.
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 00:30
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.
Submitted by pete on January 1, 2006 - 00:23
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.
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 19:56
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]
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 19:50
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]
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 19:45
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.
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 10:48
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.
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 10:41
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.
Submitted by pete on December 31, 2005 - 00:12
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.