Submitted by pete on April 17, 2006 - 10:30
Springfield Falcons head coach Dirk Graham [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBP9DDX4ME.html]has been relieved of his duties by the Tampa Bay Lightning[/url] according to the Tampa Tribune. In addition, the club will not renew the contract of assistant coach Phil Russell. Graham has been given the option of taking another job in the organization.
Submitted by pete on April 16, 2006 - 21:09
[b]OHL[/b] There are no Lightning prospects remaining who are active in the OHL playoffs after Owen Sound's loss last night to London. There are also no remaining Lightning prospects who are active in the QMJHL playoffs. [b]WHL[/b] Led by a goal and an assist in the third period by [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], Moose Jaw rallied from a 1-0 deficit after 40 minutes to defeat Calgary 3-1. Jones was named the game's second star. The Warriors force a game seven now after tying the series at 3-3. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller's[/url] season, and likely his junior career, are over. Kelowna was eliminated tonight after being pasted 6-2 in game six of their series. Keller was scoreless and -2 in the game. He should sign a pro contract with the Lightning this summer.
Submitted by pete on April 15, 2006 - 22:19
[b]QMJHL[/b] The Lightning have no prospects remaining who are active in the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] London defeated Owen Sound 5-2 today to eliminate the Attack from the OHL playoffs in six games. Marek Bartanus had a power play assist late in the game and was even. He finishes his season with 2 goals and 6 points in 10 postseason games. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the WHL tonight.
Submitted by pete on April 15, 2006 - 22:13
Johnstown now trails their best-of-five series with Toledo 2-0. JHN-1 TOL-4 [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] allowed 3 goals in the third period after the Chiefs had battled Toledo to a 1-1 tied through 40 minutes. He stopped 30 of 34 shots faced in the game. Randy Rowe scored the Chiefs' lone goal on an assist from [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich.[/url] Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3182]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 15, 2006 - 22:02
The Springfield Falcons finished the season today 28-43-3-6 with 65 points, *good* for 6th in the Atlantic Division. POR-6 SPR-4 [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] was run from the game after allowing 4 goals 12 shots faced in the first period. Rookie Gabe Winer went the rest of the way stopping 17 of 19 shots faced. Ryan Vesce led the way with 2 assists for the Falcons to finish first on the team in scoring. Goals were scored by [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url], his 8th of the season, Zdenek Blatny, Kevin Croxton and Norm Milley. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] had an assist in the game while Mike Ouelette also had a helper which was his first professional point. Bolt Prospects will do a more comprehensive write up on the Falcons season soon. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002105]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 15, 2006 - 21:37
The magic number is one. CAR-2 TB-3 (OT) My girlfriend would like to thank Martin St. Louis for the temporary case of deafness she currently has in her left ear suffered while sitting next to me at the moment of that game winning overtime goal. John Grahame stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in the victory. I will not defend the year Grahame has had nor do I think he has much more time left in this organization, but Lightning fans should forever respect the game he played tonight. His stop on Cory Stillman's third period breakaway may have saved this season, to make no mention his save on Mark Recchi's tip late in regulation. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] was a man tonight. I lost count of how many goal saving poke checks and how many two on ones he broke up in this game. The fact that this is the tip of the iceberg for this young man is one reason to be very optimistic about the future of this team's blueline. Ranger led all Lightning rookies with 19:06 of ice time and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] had 15:51 of ice time with 2 shots and 1 hit. [url=evgeny artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] played his customary 4th line minutes with 4:38 and 2 hits. With the win the Lightning's magic number falls to 1 with just Tuesday's home game against the Washington Capitals remaining. Martin St. Louis' overtime winning goal gave the Lightning the point they needed to eliminate Toronto from the postseason. Two things: the Lightning CANNOT relax. They MUST assume that the Trashers will win their two remaining games. They also MUST not adapt the disasterous mindset of playing for one point on Tuesday if the situation does indeed put us in the situation of having to get a point to get in the playoffs. John Tortorella must get his team in the mindset that Tuesday is THE must win game of the season. The Lightning survived a war in back-to-back games against a club that will be no worse than the #2 seed in the East. The conditions are ripe for a letdown against a Capitals team that, however lowly, has two game changers in Ovechkin and Kolzig. If the Lightning don't approach Tuesday's game with the same fear and desperation they showed these last two night's against Carolina, they WILL be golfing by weeks end. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021206.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 15, 2006 - 13:09
Miika Wiikman's incredible playoff run continued today as he knocked off Assat 1-0 in game one of the SM-liiga championship series. Wiikman stopped all 25 shots he faced and was named the game's first star. That likely means [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] will again be on the bench for game two.
Submitted by pete on April 14, 2006 - 21:22
Johnstown now trails the series 1-0. JHN-2 TOL-3 [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] took the loss for Johnstown stopping 43 of 46 shots faced. Dimitri Tarabrin and Brett Peterson had the goals for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3176]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 14, 2006 - 20:52
There were no Lightning prospects in action in the CHL playoffs last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] [url=stanislav-lascek]Stanislav Lascek[/url] and the Chicoutimi Sangueneens were eliminated tonight as Gatineau triumphed in game five of their series 4-2. Lascek had an assist in what will likely be his last game in junior hockey. The 20 year old winger is likely to sign a pro contract with the Lightning this summer. [b]OHL[/b] London defeared Owen Sound 6-5 in overtime. Marek Bartanus had an assist and was +1 in the game. London now leads the series 3-2. [b]WHL[/b] With less than a minute left in the first overtime period, Calgary defeated Moose Jaw 4-3. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] scored the tying goal with 5:02 left in regulation on the power play to send the game to the extra period and was named second star of the game despite compiling a -2 rating. Calgary now leads the series 3-2. Troy Bodie scored a game winning goal 7:50 into double overtime to lift Kelowna to a 3-2 overtime win over Everett. The win keeps Kelowna alive in a series they still trail 3-2. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had an assist in the game and was +1.