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Lawrence Lights It Up

Now that's how you start a season. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url], fresh from Tampa after participating in the Lightning's training camp, scored a career high 5 points, including a hattrick, as the Mississauga Ice Dogs absolutely crushed Lightning prospect [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and the Sudbury Wolves 10-4 in the both teams first game of the year. Beech, expected to be one of the better goalies in the league this year as a 20 year old, was pulled before the half-way mark of the game after allowing 6 goals on 30 shots. Lawrence was named first star of the game. In other action, Marek Bartanus had two assists in his season debut for Owen Sound but the Attack fell to Guelph 4-3. In the "Dub," Dan Crowley went scoreless and was (minus)1 in a 5-2 Swift Current loss to Regina. The alternate captain blocked several shots in the game, mixed it up in multiple scrums, and earned four minutes in penalties.

Preseason Game Night 9/22: Lightning at Red Wings

An unfortunate end to a very nice comeback. TB-4 DET-5 (OT) The Lightning erased a 2 goal deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation before falling in OT. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a hat trick scoring an even strength goal, a short handed goal and capping the Lightning comeback with a power play goal. The Lightning's other goal was scored by overage prospect Eric Perrin. Individual assists went to Vaclav Prospal, Doug Janik, [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url], Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. Johan Holmqvist had a rough reintroduction to North America allowing 5 goals on 26 shots (that's more of a Johan Grahame stat line). Box score courtesy [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010040.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] Among prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 19:10 with 2 blocked shots. Eric Perrin was +1 in 15:51 with 2 shots and was 45% in the faceoff circles. [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] played a very respectable 19:30 of even hockey with 2 shots 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Falcons invitee Zdenek Blatny played 11:19 and was +1 with 1 blocked shot. [url=mike-egener]Mike Egener[/url] was -2 in 16:59 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in just 9:21 of ice time and had a fight in the first period. Another round of cuts is expected this weekend.

For Lightning Junior Prospects, The Season Begins Tonight

The QMJHL has been underway for some time and the OHL and WHL started their seasons last night, but tonight it will be the Lightning prospects' turns. In the OHL, Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound will take on Guelph, [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and Mississauga will face [url=kevin-beech]Kevin Beech[/url] and Sudbury. Out west, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] and Swift Current will face off with Regina in their opener. Also, with [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] still in Lightning camp, his Prince George Cougars will start their season against Seattle.

Helenius Update

With Tuukka Rask holding a near monopoly on the goaltending position for Ilves at the SM-liiga, [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] appeared for the club's Junior A team on Wednesday beating Assat Jr. A 5-3. Helenius stopped 33 of 36 in the victory. It was the first action Helenius has seen since returning from playing for the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City.

Rowe Deciding on Immediate Future

According to the Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i], forward Randy Rowe will decide on his immediate future this week. Rowe is in talks with as many as five NHL teams, including the Lightning. Rowe was under contract with Springfield last year, though he spent all but four games in Johnstown where, despite contending with an abdomen problem and a near season-ending neck injury, he still scored 28 goals and 43 points in 45 regular-season games with the Chiefs. He also had two goals and four points in five playoff games. “I’m definitely thinking about Tampa-Springfield-Johnstown again,” Rowe told the [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i]. “There was just a lot of talking with teams,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger. I just want to make sure I’m in the right place to get called up to an AHL team. Camps are starting Saturday and Sunday in the AHL. It’s one of those things that it’s your future and you’ve got to make sure you make the right decision.”
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