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CHL Game Night: 1/12

Kevin Beech made his first start for Erie tonight in London and stopped 32 shots, but took the loss as the Otters were soundly beaten, 5-3. The Knights outshot the Otters 37-23 in the game, including 21-6 in the second period.

Chris Lawrence returned to Sault Ste. Marie and scored his 25th goal of the year, but the Ice Dogs fell to the Greyhounds 7-3.

Vladimir Mihalik is not in the lineup tonight for Prince George.

Dane Crowley made his Everett Silvertips debut, however the 'Tips dropped a 3-1 decision to Portland.

Where in the World is Vladimir Mihalik?

How do you lose a teenager who's 6-8 and 240 pounds?

According to today's Prince George Citizen, the whereabouts of Lightning prospect Vladimir Mihalik are unknown.

"[Newly re-acquired goaltender] Scott Bowles just got in, [defenseman] Jesse Dudas just got in, and we don’t know where Vladimir Mihalik is,” said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck told the Citizen. “We think he’s stormed in somewhere, flight issues, but we plan to use him today vs. Kelowna if he gets here in time, which we think he will."

Mihalik has yet to arrive in Prince George since playing in Sweden in the World Junior championships. He was reportedly given an extra week off by the Cougars.

Beech Sees Limited Action in First Game with Otters

CHL Update: 1/12

Two days after being traded from a playoff contender to the OHL's worst team, Kevin Beech did not get the start for Erie in the Otters 7-1 loss to Sarnia last night. Beech did see action, however, as he replaced starter Jonathan Laniel down 5-0 to begin the third period. Beech stopped 10 of 12 third period shots as Laniel took the loss.

Beech's old team, the Sudbury Wolves, lost their first game without Beech, 4-2 to the Chris Lawrence-led Mississauga Ice Dogs Wednesday night. Sebastian Dahm, whom the Wolves acquired from Sarnia to take Beech's place, stopped 32 of 36 shots in the loss. Lawrence was held scoreless and was minus-1.

Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack were defeated by Peterborough 4-3 despite Owen Sound outshooting the Petes 56-31. Bartanus was scoreless and even for the Attack in the game Thursday - his first since returning from World Juniors.

On Wednesday, Vladimir Mihalik did not play as Prince George fell to Portland 3-2.

Blatny Released and Going To Europe

Springfield Falcons Release
Springfield, MA – The Springfield Falcons, proud members of the American Hockey League, announced today that they have mutually agreed to release forward Zdenek Blatny and allow Blatny to sign with MODO of the European Elite League.

Blatny originally signed a standard American Hockey League contract with the Falcons on August 22, 2006 and appeared in 19 games this season collecting six goals and seven assists for 13 points.

Blatny has played in 25 career NHL games, five with Boston and 20 with the Atlanta Thrashers. Blatny was originally drafted by the Thrashers in the third round (68th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Blatny split three seasons (2001-2004) between the Thrashers and the Chicago Wolves before spending the 2004-05 campaign playing in Europe.

Thursday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist had 2 penalty minutes as Linkopings was pummelled by MODO 6-1. Through 36 games the 2001 2nd round pick has 5 goals, 17 points, 38 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.

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