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NA Juniors Game Night: 1-23-13

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 4-12-16, -2, 51 PIM
With Barrie: 7 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 12 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin returned to Owen Sound for the first time since his trade from the Attack earlier this month. He and his new Colts teammates were scoreless as Jordan Binnington (Blues) logged a shutout for Owen Sound.

KHL Game Day: 1-23-13

KHL (Russia):
Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 30 GP, 0-0-0, +6, 12 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov took a minor for roughing in 18:04 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Nesterov has averaged 12:07 of ice time per game for the club so far this season. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov and Caps first rounder Evgeny Kuznetsov each had 2 assists in the victory. Traktor plays Dynamo Moscow on Saturday.

Ufa 3 vs. Novosibirsk 1
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Season totals (KHL): 5 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 1.82 GAA, .934 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov scored his 7th goal of the season in Ufa's 3-1 win over Novosibirsk. They play Astana on Saturday.

Prospect of the Week: January 23, 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 January 23 is … Cory Conacher, W, Tampa Bay (NHL – USA)

Last week the North American sports world’s biggest headlines were about a story that was fake. During the college football season, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was the subject of multiple stories documenting his inspirational play in memory of his deceased girlfriend. It was a heart-wrenching story… until it was proven to be false. Te’o was allegedly the victim of a hoax and his girlfriend never existed beyond someone’s imagination.

The American sports fan was already cynical, and now their ability to engage in an emotional story will take a greater hit.

Don’t let it.

Good (true) stories still exist. Take Cory Conacher as an example.

Veteran Cote 'Invaluable' for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jean-Philippe Cote has changed in many ways since his brief stint in the National Hockey League seven years ago.

The defenseman's experience since has helped show him how to do his job better, and he might be even a little faster. But he knows his chances of a call-up have likely passed.

"Obviously, there's that dream still, but I do know my role," Cote said. "I know, compared to maybe five years ago, I'm not the next guy on the list (of guys being called-up)."

Instead, the 30-year-old has embraced his new purpose – being a leader and mentor on and off the ice for some of the Tampa Bay Lightning's top prospects with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

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