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Change of Scenery Suiting Chris Lawrence

Lightning prospect RW/C Chris Lawrence [url=http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=11954]scored a hat trick tonight, including the overtime game winning goal, in a wild 7-6 victory over Brampton.[/url] Since being traded to Missisauga from Sault Ste Marie a month ago, Lawrence has 8 goals and 15 points in 14 games. Last season he had just 11 goals [i]all season[/i]. Lawrence, who was selected by the Lightning in the 3rd round of last summer's draft, has received criticism for much of his junior career for lack of intensity and failure to live up to his potential. Perhaps, under the tutledge of head coach Gred Gilbert, Lawrence is finally starting to break through.

Boutin/ECHL All-Stars on OLN

OLN [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6732]has announced it will carry the ECHL All-Star Game on tape delay Jan. 26th at 5pm ET. [/url] The game will feature Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin of the Johnstown Chiefs. Boutin is currently third in the ECHL with a .923 save percentage. His record stands at 8-8-0-2 on the season with a 2.82 GAA and 2 shutouts.

Norrena Makes Early Exit in Linkopings Defeat

Goaltender Fredrik Norrena was pulled today with 2:07 remaining in the second period as Linkopings fell to Brynas 3-1. Norrena allowed 2 goals in the loss before giving way to backup Jonas Fransson. The netminder's record drops to 17-9-5 on the season.

Ramo Shines Despite Loss

HPK was less successful in Karri Ramo's second start back from the World Junior Championships today. The club went down 4-1 at the hands of SaiPa as Ramo's record fell to 5-4-3. Despite allowing 3 goals in the loss, Ramo was named second star of the game after stopping 37 of 40 shots faced.

CHL Top Prospects Game

[url=http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_story.asp?ID=151348&hubName=chl]Team Orr crushed Team Cherry 7-2 tonight[/url] to win the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game. The effort was led by Austrian born right winger Michael Grabner of the Spokane Chiefs of the CHL who had a goal and two assists in the victory. Kootenay center Ben Maxwell, who carried the skating events in skills testing, scored the opening goal of the contest for Team Cherry.
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