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Prospect of the Week: March 4, 2013

We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Prospect of the Week for March 4 is … Ondrej Palat, W, Syracuse (AHL – USA).

Ondrej Palat liked being Prospect of the Week so much he did it again.

The Syracuse Crunch winger had his first career hat trick this past week, scoring three goals on Tuesday against Rochester. He was named first star for the Crunch in their 4-1 win. After a scoreless game against Albany on Friday, Palat had a power play goal in Syracuse’s overtime loss on Saturday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-3-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 26-51-77, +25, 101 PIM

Paquette led the Armada in hits with four. He did not participate in the game-winning shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 2-23-25, -5, 51 PIM

Brampton now holds onto the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, tied with Sudbury but with a game in hand.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 8-49-57, +18, 90 PIM

Richard notched his fourth assist of the weekend in a win over the Wolves. Guelph sits in fifth in the Western Conference, which has all eight playoff teams set.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-13 Crunch at Bears

Late game meltdown.

SYR-3
HER-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on just 19 shots. Ouch.

First Period
HER DiSalvatore, (15) (Taffe, Almeida), 6:53
SYR Wilson, (5) (Jacques, Namestnikov), 8:47
SYR Johnson, (29) (Panik, Barberio), 19:25

Second Period
SYR Oberg, (1) (Panik, Taormina), 1:43
HER Taffe, (14) (Oleksy, Carman), 10:42
HER Taffe, (15) (Carman, Schilling), 16:33

Third Period
HER Schilling, (6) (Taffe, DiSalvatore), 11:16
HER Wellman, (11) (Oleksy, McNeill), 14:47

Ondrej Palat did not dress for the Crunch, fueling speculation he may be on his way up to the show.

Syracuse outshot Hershey 33-19, but still got belted on the scoreboard. Rotton bad weekend for Syracuse. They face Toronto on Wednesday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Elitserien Game Night: 3-2-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 1 @ AIK 0

Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 17-9-26, -7, 16 PIM

In what has been a rare occurrence in recent weeks, Brynas, which received a perfect showing from former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist, won its second-consecutive game, outlasting AIK in a defensive struggle. Johan Harju managed a secondary assist on the game's lone goal, a power play tally by Ryan Gunderson just past the midpoint of the third period. Brynas (17-19-6-12, 75 PTS) finishes its regular season Tuesday with a home match against Linkopings (26-19-4-5, 91 PTS).

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