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Lightning Prospects Lose Traverse City Opener In Double OT

Newyorkrangers.com is reporting the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2249]lost their opener in the Traverse City prospect tournament tonight 3-2 in overtime to the Rangers' prospects.[/url] [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had the Lightning's goals. The Lightning scored both goals late to force the extra session. The Lightning prospects were outshot 34-30. [b]Update:[/b] Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]makes a late blog post on the tournament.[/url] According to his post, it was not Marek Kvapil but rather [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left from [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url]. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] had an assist on Zbynek Hrdel's goal. [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] stopped 32 of 35 for the Lightning, according to Erlendsson. [b]Update 2:[/b] Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future also has a recap of the day’s activities. Treff's report singles out Helenius, Mihalik, and Smolenak for their good play from Tampa, and also was impressed with Tampa's own-zone coverage. Also, the [i]St. Pete Times[/i], using Wire services, says Keller got the second Lightning goal, so it appears that mystery is solved by a 2-1 count. Keller was known for his clutch goals in Kelowna the past few years, including the Memorial Cup winning goal in 2003. [b]Update 3:[/b] Word from the Lightning is that the team battled hard, then slacked off a little bit. [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url], Mihalik, and Helenius were singled out as Tampa's top players for the game. [b]Update 4:[/b] Box score [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/stories/2006_09/08_BoxTB_NYR.html]courtesy of Redwingscentral.com[/url].

Artyukhin Held Scoreless in Yaroslavl Debut

[url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] was held off the board today as Yaroslavl was beaten 3-1 by Omsk in their opening match of the season. Artyukhin, who played 72 games with the Lightning last year, signed with the Lokomotive after the Lightning failed to meet he and his agent's demands for a lucrative contract. [b]Update:[/b] Par for the course, Artyukhin did rack up 4 penalty minutes in the contest.

Scores With Stats

Box scores have finally been posted from Thursday's opening round of matches in the Russian Superleague: Alexei Glukhov was held scoreless in his debut for Severstal Cherepovets as they were handled easily by Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Anton But was in uniform for SKA's 3-0 win over Chelyabinsk. But was scoreless in the match. [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] got the win 4-3 as Togliatti defeated the Moscow Dynamo. Albert Vishynakov did not play for Dynamo. [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes as KHK Tver defeated Ufa 3-2 in overtime. Denis' brother Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 overtime win over Amur.

Traverse City Starts Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder, Friday marks the opening of the Traverse City prospect tournament. At 10:45 am tomorrow the team will hold a practice in anticipation of their 7:30 pm tilt with the New York Rangers' prospects. The Lightning's official roster for the tournament [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/files/traversecity.pdf]has been posted online[/url] and features highly touted Finnish goaltenders [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url]. The tournament is the second step on what has become a two month long process to identify and place players in the Lightning prospect system. The tournament has added importance for tryout invitees like David Desharnais of Chicoutimi who are seeking professional contracts in the Lightning organization. Bolt Prospects will have full coverage of the tournament and reaction from the Lightning front office as it all unfolds.

Scores But No Stats

Unfortunately, as of 10pm ET, there are no box scores available out of Russia. Hopefully by the time [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] and Yaroslavl finish their match with Omsk, Thursday's scores will be updated online. In the mean time I can give the final scores for the games involving Lightning prospects: Kazan (Dimitri Kazionov)-3 Amur-2 (OT) St Petersburg (Anton But?)-3 Chelyabinsk-0 Tver ([url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url])-3 Yulayev-2 (OT) Magnitogorsk-5 Cherepovets (Alexei Glukhov)-2 Togliatti ([url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url])-4 Dynamo (Albert Vishnyakov)-3 Omsk, Khimik ([url=alexander-polushin]Alexander Polushin[/url]) and Yaroslavl (Evgeny Artyukhin) did not play Thursday.
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