Lightning 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius made his much-anticipated North American debut Friday night for the Seattle Thunderbirds, albeit in a preseason game. Helenius played the first half of Seattle's 5-4 win over Chilliwack, stopping 17 of 18 shots. According to the Seattle papers, the Thunderbirds view Helenius' addition as a substantial piece to their league title chances.
Everett also began their preseason Friday night, but it is unclear as of yet if Dane Crowley played. The official WHL site does not provide stats for preseason games and a game report from the Silvertips did not mention Crowley in the game.
In the QMJHL, defensemen Michael Ward had an assist, four PIM, and a minus-1 rating for Lewiston in a 8-4 preseason loss to St. John.
The much publicized Super Series between the top U20 junior players in Canada and Russia is quickly becoming a super sized rout. Canada extended their series lead to 3-0 on Friday defeating the Russians in a lopsided 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell found his way onto the scorer's sheet for the first time in the series, albeit by means of a 2 minute roughing penalty.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has graciously provided Bolt Prospects with the following roster for the 2007 Norfolk Admirals Training Camp:
David Perron scored 1 goal and 1 assist today to help Canada defeat Russia 3-0 today in Game Two of the Super Series. The Canadians now hold a 2-0 lead in the series. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell again failed to find his way onto the scoresheet. The forward is being used sparingly in a fourth line role.
In Ufa, Russia, Canada scored four unanswered goal to defeat Russia and win Game One of the Super Series 4-2. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell did not find the scoresheet for Team Canada.