Goc Scores First Goal of the Season

[url=http://www.del.org/statistics/spieldetails_9391.html]Sascha Goc scored Hannover's second goal today on a feed from Lightning alumni Steve Guolla to help lift the Scorpions over Adler Mannheim 4-3.[/url] For Goc, the victory was extra sweet after transferring from Mannheim where he had been that team's captain for a season and a half. With the victory, Hannover moves into first place in the DEL standings. Play also continued today in the Czech Republic where the Extraliga is in its 4th round of games. Through 4 games now, winger Ivan Rachunek is scoreless with 4 PIMs and a (-2) rating with Zlin. For Ceske Budejovice, Marek Posmyk has 1 assist, 4 PIMs and a (-1) rating. Zlin and Ceske Budejovice sit at 2nd and 4th on the Extraliga table respectively.

Dicaire Diagnosed With Neurological Disorder

From the outset of camp defenseman prospect Gerard Dicaire was expected to be one of a handful of Lightning defensemen fighting for the sixth defenseman spot in Tampa. [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/14/Lightning/Second_opinion_on_Dic.shtml]Expectations turned to disappointment for Gerard Dicaire when he struggled to make it through conditioning drills at the start of camp.[/url] However, after being checked out by doctors, disappointment has turned into concern as [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/16/Lightning/Prospect_s_condition_.shtml]the young defenseman has been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope, a nuerological disorder which causes the body difficulty in regulating blood pressure, leading to fainting spells.[/url]

Tobin, Rimouski start 2005 with a dud

The 2005 Memorial Cup Finalist Rimouski Oceanic finished the 2005 regular season with nearly a 30-game win streak. Now without stars Sidney Crosby and ex-Florida Panther property Dany Roussin, the team is hardly the threat or attendance draw they were just a year ago. L'Oceanic opened the 2005-06 season with a 5-0 loss at home to rival Quebec. To make matters worse for Rimouski, former Oceanic goaltender Cedrick Desjardins earned the shutout by stopping 30 shots. Maxime Joyal, who split time with Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin last year with the Remparts, rode the pine. Lightning prospect and Newfoundland native Mark Tobin, being counted on as a leader on the new Oceanic, managed 3 shots on goal in the contest and finished with a minus-3 rating. He also accumulated 7 penalty minutes in the game. Tobin, a second round pick of the Lightning in 2004 and the fourth Rimouski prospect for the Bolts after Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Zbynek Hrdel, was coming off a less-than-stellar Traverse City tournament statistically. He was one of only a few prospects who failed to register a point in the four-game tournament.

Video: Alexeev's Goals

Video of Nikita Alexeev's two goals is now available online via the Avangard Omsk website: [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_1_0.mpg]Alexeev's First Goal[/url] [url=http://video.hawk.ru/ao_mmg_050914_4_0.mpg]Alexeev's Second Goal[/url] Also, to update yesterday's scoring, Anton But was also awarded an assist on Yaroslavl's second goal in the 5-1 win over Molot Perm. Partial statistics for all Russian NHL prospects are now available from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/stats_player.php?tour_id=2006011&season_part=1&anchor=StatsPlayer]Russianprospects.com[/url]

Banner Day for Lightning Russian Prospects

Despite a disappointing preseason, Nikita Alexeev has started the season well for club team Avangard Omsk. Today the left winger scored the first and the last goals for Omsk in a 4-1 victory over a strong Magnitogorsk club. Alexeev now has 3 goals in 4 regular season games. In Togliatti, Dimitry Kazionov notched two first period assists as Lada beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2. In Cherepovets, Alexander Polushin assisted on Pavel Trakhanov's third period game winning goal to lift Severstal past Novokuznetsk 2-1. Anton But scored Yaroslavl's first goal as the Lokomotiv pounded Molot Perm 5-1. In Moscow, Alexei Glukhov assisted on Sergei Shkotov's 2nd period goal as Khimik fell to Dynamo 5-2.

Commentary: What We Learned At Traverse City

Prospect tournaments are a very important part of the developmental apparatus of an NHL organization. I made this case pretty emphatically a few years ago on another website in another job: there are few better diagnostic tools for an organization than a prospect tournament to help evaluate the relative strength of a crop of players as well as to sort out their initial place inside an organization.

Swiss NLA Season Begins

This weekend the Swiss NLA schedule began. The Lightning are well represented in Switzerland with overage prospects Eero Somervuori and Eric Perrin as well as veteran Shane Willis. Friday, Eric Perrin assisted on the opening goal of the season for SC Bern in a 6-3 victory over Lugano. Saturday, Eero Somervuori notched his first goal of the season for Ambri-Piotta as they fell 8-4 to Geneve-Serette HC.

Polushin Strikes Twice in Cherepovets Victory

With two goals Monday, Lightning prospect Alexander Polushin lifted his club Severstal Cherepovets to a 4-2 victory over Sibir Novosibirsk. The 2001 draft choice scored Severstal's second goal late in the 2nd period and capped the game's scoring with an empty net goal with 1:02 left in the match. Through 3 games Polushin now has 2 goals, 1 assist and 3 points. In other action Monday, Anton But scored a goal and added an assist in Yaroslavl's 5-4 victory over CSKA. But and Polushin now sit tied for the lead in scoring amongst all Lightning Russian prospects.

Traverse City: By The Numbers

[b]2005 Traverse City Prospect Tournament Lightning Statistics[/b] [url=andy-rogers]Andy Rogers[/url] 1-5-6, 6 PIM [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] 4-1-5, 15 PIM [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] 4-0-4, 0 PIM [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] 3-1-4, 0 PIM [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] 2-2-4, 2 PIM [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] 3-0-3, 6 PIM [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] 0-3-3, 0 PIM [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] 0-2-2, 6 PIM [url=jay-rosehill]Jay Rosehill[/url] 0-2-2, 10 PIM Maxime Boisclair* 1-0-1, 9 PIM Brandon Elliott 0-1-1, 24 PIM [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] 0-1-1, 4 PIM [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] 0-1-1, 2 PIM John Toffey 0-1-1, 6 PIM Marek Bartanus 0-0-0, 2 PIM Ben Chaisson* 0-0-0, 12 PIM Brady Greco 0-0-0, 28 PIM [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] 0-0-0, 2 PIM [url=mark-tobin]Mark Tobin[/url] 0-0-0, 0 PIM Steve Whitely* 0-0-0, 4 PIM [i]* Denotes Tryout Player[/i] [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 36 Svs, 2 GA, 2.00 GAA, .947 sv% [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 31 Svs, 2GA, 2.00 GAA, .939 sv% [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] 60:00, 1-0-0, 28 Svs, 3 GA, 3.00 GAA, .903 sv% [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] 60:00, 0-1-0, 33 Svs, 8 GA, 8.00 GAA, .805 sv% [url=http://www.allsports.com/nhl/redwings/statistics/2005_ProspectTournamentScheduleResults.html]Traverse City Prospect Tournament Final Standings and Box Scores[/url]

Vishnyakov Off to Hot Start

Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov is off to a hot start grabbing the very early lead amongst the club's Russian based prospects in scoring. On Friday, Vishnyakov scored the second goal for Superleague power Dynamo in their 7-1 domination over freshly promoted Vityaz. Also, Dimitry Kazionov assisted on the game winning goal in Togliatti's 2-1 victory over Salavat Yulayev.
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