Bolt Prospects' staff would like to wish all its readers a safe and happy holiday season. We hope you all got what you asked for and that your bosses gave you Tuesday off too. :)
In honor of James Brown's passing, we're going to give it up to the old(er) school in the Lightning organization...
Godless former communists playing on Christmas ;)
Chelya reminds us that most Russians are orthodox Christians and their Christmas falls on January 7th. We learn something new every day.
Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 12-8-3 this season as Togliatti was shut out by Novosibirsk 2-0.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless as Cherepovets fell to Khabarovsk 3-2.
Anton But had an assist in SKA's 3-0 win over Salavat Yulayev. But now reclaims his long time place atop the Lightning's Superleague prospect scoring list with 8 goals and 17 points in 33 games.
Dimitri Kazionov missed his second straight game as Kazan beat Omsk 5-3. The elder Kazionov slips to second in scoring among Lightning Superleague prospects at 8 goals and 16 points in 32 games.
Finally, in a command performance as The Grinch, Morgan Cey.
Morgan Cey stopped, get this, 59 of 61 shots in the game. Are you kidding me? Goaltender Gerald Coleman did not dress as the Chiefs signed emergency goaltender Chris Cuppett (AKA some guy from the rink) for this short pre-holiday road trip. Radek Smolenak led the Chiefs offense with 1 goal and 1 assist and now has 9 goals and 16 points in 21 games in the ECHL this season. One of the small organizational dramas to be played out in the second half of this season will be if and when Smolenak, as one of the organization's most important forward prospects, makes the transition up to the AHL. Adam Henrich, Jean Desrochers, Ryan Gibbons and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded, shawty) had the other Johnstown goals. Individual helpers went to Dimitri Tarabrin, Bryan Nathe, Doug Andress, Eric Przepiorka and Geoff Waugh. Cey and Smolenak were named first and second stars of the game. The Chiefs were outshot an eye popping 61-27 in the game.
Additionally, RW/C Andre Deveaux was tossed from the game in the first period after earning 31 minutes in penalties via a slashing minor, a roughing minor, a fighting major, an instigation minor, a match misconduct for intent to injure and another 10 minute misconduct just for good measure. Expect a suspension to be handed down. The Chiefs improve to one game over .500 at 12-11-3 with the win for 27 points putting them 3 points behind division leading Cincinnati in the brutal parity that is the ECHL American Conference North Division where 6 points seperate 1st and 6th place.
JHN Henrich, (7) (Smolenak), 15:08
JHN Desrochers, (5) (Tarabrin, Nathe), 5:36
JHN Gibbons, (4) (Andress, Przepiorka), 10:16
JHN Smolenak, (9) (Waugh), 10:58
TOL Blight, (6) (Burke, Tardif), 13:57 (PP)
TOL Zultek, (8) (Blight, Parillo), 15:33 (PP)
3. JHN Elliott, (4) , 18:18 (SH)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.