The Lightning prospects allowed 3 unanswered third period goals tonight to fall to the Atlanta Thrashers' prospects 6-4. The Lightning now finish the round robin phase of the tournament 0-3 and will play in the 7th place game.
Forward Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists in the game to continue his track record of success at Traverse City. Center Mitch Fadden struck for 1 goal and 1 assist in the game for his first points of the tournament. Tryout forward Daine Todd and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik had the Lightning's other goals. Dane Crowley, Mike Lundin, and Chris Lawrence added individual helpers.
Netminder Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots before being pulled late in the game for the extra attacker.
Smolenak is now tied for 2nd among all scorers in the tournament. The Lightning and Stars prospects will face off tomorrow at 2 pm in the 7th place game.
Canada put the final touches on a masterpiece tonight beating the Russian U20 team 6-1 in the final game of the Canada/Russia Super Series. With the victory, the Canadians finish the series with an unbeaten 7-0-1 record. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was scoreless in the game. He finishes the series with 1 goal.
The entire tournament is archived online for viewing at HockeyWebcasts.com.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Novosibirsk's 2-1 overtime loss to Tver. Through 3 games, the younger Kazionov has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 5-2 whipping of Togliatti. Through 3 games, But has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and a +1 rating.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless as Spartak was shutout 2-0 by CSKA. Vishnyakov has 1 goal, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist, his first point of the season, in Omsk's 3-1 loss to Novgorod. R2 has 1 assist, 6 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov is scoreless with a -1 rating through Avangard's first 3 games.
Earlier this week, Bolt Prospects was informed by the Lightning that 2007 third round pick Luca Cunti had been admitted to St. Cloud State University of the WCHA and he was set to arrive there Saturday. This is still confirmed.
However, the latest reports out of SCSU state that while he has been admitted, the coaching staff hasn't received the final okay from the NCAA that Cunti's eligible to play.
Considering Cunti is making the trek from Switzerland to join the Huskies, and his desire to play in North America this year is a priority (according to reports during the draft), it would seem that Cunti and his adviser, as well as the Lightning, have a pretty good idea final clearance may just be a formality.
Stay tuned. It appears this soap opera isn't over.
The Huskies are scheduled to begin their season at home October 12 against Canisius.