Submitted by pete on September 7, 2005 - 22:29
Despite a ferocious third period comeback bid the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]fell 8-6 tonight against Columbus.[/url] 2005 draftee Kevin Beech stopped just 33 of 41 shots faced. Even in defeat, however, the Lightning organization has to be pleased with the emergence of their offense so far. The Lightning prospects have scored 11 goals in the first two contests. Leading the way have been Justin Keller of Kelowna and Springfield Falcon Adam Henrich with 3 goals each. 2005 draftee Marek Kvapil has also acquitted himself well offensively notching the Lightning's first goals in both games so far. And, it seems, in every prospect tournament there is a player who emerges from nowhere to make a serious impression. Thus far, with 2 goals and 1 assist in the opening two contests, it has been Moose Jaw's Blair Jones. After the game Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen said Jones has played well so far in the tournament. "He has stuck his nose in and played hard and made some good plays," Goertzen added. The Lightning prospects will face off with the Minnesota Wild's prospects tomorrow night at 7pm.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2005 - 19:47
The Springfield Falcons in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2746.shtml]signing of center Ryan Vesce.[/url] The diminuitive Vesce, at just 5'8" 170 lbs., spent last season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Alsvenskan where he led his club with 20 goals and 45 points in 43 games. Prior to that, the 23 year old played four years in the ECAC for Cornell where he compiled 128 points in 131 games. His career year came as a junior when he led Cornell in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points in 36 games. With outstanding speed and skill, the native of Lloyd Harbor, NY draws obvious comparisons to former ECAC alum's Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin. An added bonus may be Vesce's faceoff ability. Vesce won 55% of his draws last season in the initial phase of the Alsvenskan schedule in the Sodra division, 65% in the Superalsvenskan and 57% in the promotion tournament, the Playoff till Kvalserien.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2005 - 19:12
TSN Canada is reporting the Lightning [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=135607]has signed 31 year old defenseman Todd Rohloff.[/url]
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2005 - 12:34
Severstal Cherepovets jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead today and never looked back as they defeated Lada Togliatti 4-1 in the season opener. Lightning prospect Alexander Polushin assisted on a Sergei Soin power play goal to cap the scoring for Cherepovets.
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2005 - 11:41
Last night marked the opening of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament and today marks the beginning of the European hockey season as the Russian Superleague kicks off it's regular season schedule. Bolt Prospects will update scores as they become available. Avangard Omsk defeated Novosibirsk 4-3 today in overtime. Lightning left wing prospect Nikita Alexeev scored Omsk's second goal in the victory. In other news, winger Alexei Glukhov has rejoined the Khimik organization and had 2 penalty minutes in the team's opening 5-2 loss to Novokuznetsk.
Submitted by chad on September 7, 2005 - 08:18
Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, fresh off watching his prospects dismantle Atlantaâ€™s prospects 5-3 Tuesday night, said 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik looked â€œimpressiveâ€ with his Tampa Bay teammates. Goertzen complimented Mihalikâ€™s skating ability, decision making, and heavy shot. â€œHe played with a lot of poise,â€ said Goertzen of the 6â€™8 Â½â€, 234 pound Slovakian defenseman. Goertzen also singled out the play of 2005 pick Marek Kvapil, saying he â€œattracted a lot of attention with his nifty moves.â€ Kvapil, who opened the scoring for Tampa Bay against Atlanta, was signed this summer after being a sixth round selection in Julyâ€™s NHL Entry Draft. A 25 goal scorer last season for OHL Saginaw, Kvapil could provide offense to Springfield and/or Johnstown this season.
Submitted by chad on September 6, 2005 - 22:45
In the opening game of the 2005 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects beat their Atlanta counterparts 5-3. The Lightning were paced by Kelowna Rockets winger Justin Keller, who [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]scored two goals[/url] and newly signed Notre Dame Fighting Irish goaltender Morgan Cey, who stopped 28 shots. The Lightning also got goals from recently signed Marek Kvapil, Traverse City veteran Adam Henrich, and Moose Jaw center Blair Jones. Both Kvapil and Jones, taken in the 2005 draft, scored shorthanded. Assists were earned by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliott, Jay Rosehill, and 2004 first rounder Andy Rogers.
Submitted by pete on September 4, 2005 - 17:55
Sweden shut out Finland 2-0 today to complete a three game sweep of their round robin and claim the Ceske Pojistovna Cup. Lightning defenseman prospect Andreas Holmqvist once again played on the first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson while Jimmie Olvestad's line was moved up from third to second line duty. Finishing second on the table was Russia, which finished out their tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 2-1. Russia scored two goals late in the third period including one by former Lightning winger Alexander Kharitonov to steal the win away in front of a hostile pro-Czech home crowd.
Submitted by pete on September 3, 2005 - 13:16
Winger Jimmie Olvestad scored a goal and an assist as Sweden toppled the Czech Republic 5-3. Once again, Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist played on Sweden's first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson. And, in the early game, Russia defeated Finland 4-1. Anton But assumed playing time on Russia's second line and former Lightning player Alexander Kharitonov chipped in an assist in the victory.
Submitted by pete on September 1, 2005 - 22:15
Novosibirsk defeated Avangard Omsk 3-2 Thursday to claim victory in the Blinov Memorial Tournament. Disappointingly, Lightning prospect Nikita Alexeev failed to score in four games for Omsk. The left wing accrued four penalty minutes on the tournament but continued his scoresheet futility. In the last two tournaments Alexeev has just a mere one assist in eight games.