Today, in their third match of the Spengler Cup tournament, Team Canada crushed German DEL club Elsbaren Berlin 6-1. Dale McTavish led the way for the Canadians with 2 goals. Andy Chiodo won for Canada to improve their record to 2-1 for the tournament while Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allowed no goals in late mop up duty.
Novosibirsk defeated Lada Togliatti hadily today by the score of 3-0. The loss drops Vasily Koshechkin to 14-6-3 on the season. Also, this week, goaltender Travis Scott of Metallurg Magnitogorsk finally moved past Koshechkin into first in the Russian Suerleague in save percentage.
Anton But also had a helper today as Yarolslavl tied Chekov 3-3. But continue to lead all Lightning prospects in Russia in scoring.
According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, RW Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield of the AHL. Also, veteran Chris Dingman has been placed on waivers and will be reassigned to Springfield on Friday if there are no takers.
Also, defenseman Andy Rogers is in town from Prince George of the WHL to have his ailing ankle examined by team doctors. Rogers has been hobbled all season, which partly explains the lack of offensive development in his game after a Traverse City tournament where he led all Lightning prospects in scoring.
Good news/bad news...
The good news is that the Lightning are finally getting pucks on net. They outshot Montreal 44-24 in Wednesday night's game. The bad news is that they're still losing hockey games.
Paul Ranger notched his 7th assist of the season on Vincent Lecavalier's second period goal. Ranger played 14:33 and was +2 in the game. Ryan Craig was +1 in 10:20 of ice time with 3 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 10:24 of ice time with 1 shot on goal.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Lightning prospect winger Radek Smolenak is back with the Kingston Frontenacs after his late cut from the Czech Republic's WJC team. Smolenak was held scoreless in a 6-3 loss to Ottawa Wednesday night.