Jones, Keller, Lascek Excel on First Full Night in CHL

On a night when the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL were all in full-swing, Lightning prospects failed to make a heavy impact on their respective scoresheets as a whole, but that’s not to say no one had a big impact. Leading the way for Lightning prospects Friday night was 2005 fourth round pick Blair Jones of the Moose Jaw Warriors who had a goal and two assists in his season debut. Also excelling were Stanislav Lascek and Justin Keller, and Vladamir Mihalik made his first North American start. Friday night’s summary: Stanislav Lascek (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 Chicoutimi shutout win over Quebec. Lascek was named the game’s second star and led the Sagueneens with seven shots on goal. He also had two penalty minutes and a plus-one rating for the contest. Mark Tobin (LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) went scoreless and was minus-two as Rimouski lost at home to Gatineau 6-2. Tobin had three shots on goal in the game. Radek Smolenak (LW, Kingston, OHL) failed to register a point in the Frontenacs first game of the year, a 4-3 loss to Oshawa. Smolenak was minus-one as Kingston outshot the Generals 39-30. Chris Lawrence (C, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) was scoreless in the Greyhounds season opener. The Soo gave a good fight, scoring three third period goals, but the four unanswered they allowed to start the game cost them as Ottawa won 4-3. Lawrence had four penalty minutes (roughing, high sticking) and a minus-two rating. Kevin Beech (G, Sudbury, OHL), assuming the number-one role for the Wolves, stopped 23 of 28 shots in a 5-1 loss to Erie. Vladamir Mihalik (D, Red Deer, WHL) started against Calgary for the Rebels in a 4-2 loss. Mihalik had four minutes in penalties (roughing, obstruction-hooking) and a minus-one rating. Mihalik hasn’t practiced much with his team as he just returned from Tampa and the Lightning’s NHL training camp. Blair Jones (C, Moose Jaw, WHL) scored once and assisted on two others as the Warriors beat Prince Albert 5-2. Jones’s goal came with one second left in the game. One of his assists came while playing on the penalty kill. Jones was plus-one and had one two-minute minor penalty. Justin Keller (LW, Kelowna, WHL), just home from Tampa after being invited to the Lightning’s NHL camp, did not register a point in regulation for the Rockets in their season opener. The Rockets were playing their first home game since winning the WHL championship last year. However, still tied at two with Vancouver after overtime, Keller and Kelowna went to a shootout to decide the game. Keller was the only player who scored in the shootout, giving Kelowna the win. Keller was minus-two in the game and had a two minute minor penalty for roughing.