Day Two Scrimmages

[url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1708]Day two scrimmage box scores are now up on Tampabaylightning.com.[/url] It was the world turned upside down as Team Red and the club's presumed fourth line defeated the Lecavalier line and Team White 5-3 today. It should be noted, however, Ruslan Fedotenko has been held out of scrimmages after his recent hip surgery for Team White. The game showcased the team's young prospects prominently as [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] led all scorers with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Red. In the Team Red battle for fourth line jobs, [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist and [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] notched a goal of his own. Milley's 2 points tie him with Nikita Alexeev at 5 for the tournament lead. Springfield Falcons invitee Dan Cavanaugh had 2 assists and Johnstown Chiefs invitee Doug Andress had 1 goal. Team White was led by 2 goals from the Elliot/Lawrence/Hrdel line with 1 goal and 1 assist each from [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and 2 assists from Brandon Elliot. Lawrence now leads Team White in scoring through two games. Marc Denis stopped 16 of 19 for Team Red for the win. On the other end of the rink, [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 12 of 13 before giving way to reassigned goaltender [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots faced for the loss. Does Coleman's move to Team White mean the club wants more minutes and a closer look for [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url]? Or is the Ramo/Coleman tandem a preview of who will begin the year in Springfield? Or, is it merely a planned rotation to get each young goaltender a full start with Coleman's slated for tomorrow? We shall see. Speaking of Boutin, he stopped 26 of 28 shots including a penalty shot as Team Blue, the club's presumed third line, beat the Richards line and Team Black 3-2. Boutin now leads the camp with a .946 save percentage in 70 minutes played. For Team Blue, goals were scored by [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], Dan Boyle and [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url]. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] added 2 assists and Springfield invitee Zdenek Blatny added a helper. Both of Team Black's goals were scored by [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] who, oddly, now leads Team Black in scoring. Team Blue can wrap up the scrimmage tournament title with a win tomorrow. [b]Update:[/b] As noted in the comments, It was Boutin and Ramo who swapped teams with Coleman staying put. Hat tip to yakacack. [b]Update2:[/b] There were some scoring changes made after the Lightning repaired some of the links on their website today. Zdenek Blatny was credited with 1 goal and 1 assist for Team Blue and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] also had an assist for Team Black. Ryan Craig did not have a goal in the game.

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Clarification

Hey, it was Ramo and Boutin that were switched, not Coleman. Coleman has been on the white team both days now. I'd go with them probably giving each goalie a whole game possibly with Burke out, we'll see tomorrow. Boutin looked good in the game, but looked pretty terrible in the goalie practices they do in the second rink while the team is skating. He was out there with Denis today and was having a hard time moving side to side for some reason. Did look good in the game though.

Give Jonathan some more love

Unless your stats use a different metric, the empty net goal skated down and tapped in by Martin St. Louis with 0:13 left in Saturday's Black-White scrimmage does not effect Jonathan Boutin's save percentage. The .946 at tbl.com is accurate. Boutin stopped all 9 shots he faced in the 2nd period Saturday. That performance apparently earned him a longer look from the watchful eyes of Feaster, Goertzen, Torts, Reese, Stirling, Rumble, and Schwab as he stoned the Afanasenkov-Richards-St.Louis line for a second day Sunday. The former Rocket traded his lids and stood atop his new one in the 1st frame as he smothered Affy's wristers and gloved Marty's windup. One-timers from Janik, Kuba, even O'B deflected repeatedly with ease, some finding the wall behind or balcony above. Covered Janik's penalty shot with the Henrich chaser at 11:25. The ECHL All-Star truly began his day in a zone. Audible "Boots" recognized his display. Noticed the 2nd period clock didn't start for 5 minutes enabling an even longer look. Just 4 ticks after at 19:56, the immovable Mitch Fritz parked his ample posterior in the crease and Richie banked one off him for what was reported as 1:05. Fritz's 2nd marker was another garbage-type ending a scramble in the final minute of action. Marek Bartanus took a hard angle shot and Bouts' rebound hit Mitch and came back inside his right post. Finished the day 26 of 28, facing the most rubber of anyone. I'd pencil him in as Burke's backup in Springfield to start. Ramo's a 20-year old best developed with starting minutes in J'town. Builds his confidence and awards his promotion to the 'A', which could come with early resolution to the Burke salary situation. If the Chiefs' coach is watching Ramo and the Falcons' coaches are watching Boutin, make of it what you will. We'll see if any get pre-season action this week before reassignment to Falcons camp.

Fair Enough

I'll buy that explanation. The box score from Day One has Boutin at 8/9 and St. Louis' goal as not being an EN goal, but that is probably the error and not the overall save percentage. I think Ramo belongs in the AHL, personally. It seems to me Coleman is the one who is not performing the best of the three and ought to go down. Meritocracy and all.

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