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WJC Game Day 1/5: Slovakia vs. Belarus

Slovakia finished their 2007 World Junior Championships experience with a win - their first and only win of the tournament - when they crushed Belarus today 9-0 in the final game of the relegation round. Slovakia finished 0-4 in round robin play and had lost to Switzerland earlier this week in their first relegation round game.

Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus scored a power play goal in the game and both Bartanus and Vladimir Mihalik registered minor penalties.

Bartanus, a winger, finished the round robin and relegation rounds tied for third in team scoring with a goal and two assists. He also had a minus-one rating, eight penalty minutes, and 11 shots on goal.

Mihalik, a defenseman, registered one goal, six shots, four penalty minutes, and tied for the team lead with a plus-one rating.

Atherton Named ECHL Player of the Week

(ECHL.com release)

Johnstown Chiefs rookie defenseman P.J. Atherton is the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Dec. 25-31, 2006.

The 24-year-old helped the Chiefs close out 2006 with back-to-back wins scoring seven points (2g-5a) in three games. In a 7-1 win at Wheeling on Dec. 30, Atherton scored the game-winning goal and set a career high with four points including his third three-assist game of the season. He had two assists, including on the game-winning goal, in a 5-2 win against Toledo on Dec. 31 for his fifth multiple-point game and fourth multiple-assist game of the year.

AHL Game Night 1/3: Falcons at Sharks

Third period collapse.

SPR-3
WOR-5

Karri Ramo stopped 26 of 31 shots in the loss. Eric Healey had 2 goals and 1 assist for the Falcons while Norm Milley chipped in a pair of helpers. Matt Smaby had the other Falcons goal, his second of the season, and individual helpers belonged to Doug O'Brien, Daniel Corso and Blair Jones. Healey was named third star of the game. Justin Keller remains out of the Springfield lineup with an ankle injury. The Falcons fall to 19-16-1 with the loss.

First Period
SPR Healey, (15) (Milley, O'Brien), 18:19 (PP)

Second Period
WOR Rome, (4) , 5:22
SPR Healey, (16) (Milley, Corso), 11:33
WOR Iggulden, (12) (Darche, Mink), 14:39

Third Period
WOR Cavanagh, (7) (Bernier), 0:12
WOR Traverse, (2) (Armstrong, Ferguson), 4:21 (PP)
WOR Iggulden, (13) (Armstrong, Darche), 14:40
SPR Smaby, (2) (Jones, Healey), 19:02

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Boutin named AHL Goaltender of the Month

http://theahl.com/news/league/index.html?article_id=7331

Congratulations to Jonathan Boutin!

He can put that award next to his Bolt Prospects one I guess. :)

Lightning Pleased With Mihalik's Progress

While Team Slovakia has failed to have a good showing in Sweden at this year's World Junior Championships, going 0-4 in round robin play and losing their first relegation game, the Lightning organization has been pleased with the play of 2005 first rounder Vladimir Mihalik, a 6-8 defenseman from the WHL's Prince George Cougars.

Mihalik has 1 goal, 2 penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating for the tournament and was named Team Slovakia's top player for their game against Sweden.

One member of the Lightning scouting staff currently in Sweden said, "Mihalik is maturing nicely, improving steadily, and he did some good things here."

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