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Submitted by pete on January 10, 2006 - 21:57
Good teams beat the teams they should beat. With 3 of 4 straight matchups out of the way with Dayton, the Chiefs have claimed 5 of a possible 6 points. JHN-5 DAY-1 Morgan Cey stopped 30 of 31 in the win. Mike Egener, freshly back from a knee injury, showed some offense tonight with a goal and an assist on the power play. Gerard Dicaire also chipped in a power play goal and Brandon Elliot added an even strength goal. With the victory, the Chiefs move to .500 at 13-13-8 with 34 points. They move two points ahead of Toledo into 4th in the North Division of the Atlantic Conference. More importantly, they have vaulted into 9th in the conference just 1 point behind 8th place South Carolina, although the unique playoff format of the ECHL will mean the top 5 teams in the North [i]division[/i] will make the playoffs this year. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2664]ECHL.com.[/url]
Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings played Sodertalje to a 3-3 tie today in Eliserien action. Magnus Johansson scored a dramatic extra attacker goal in the waning moments to allow the club to salvage a point. Norrena made just 23 saves on 26 shots faced in the tie. His record is now 16-7-5 on the season. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist had 14 penalty minutes in the game including a 10 minute misconduct for abuse of the officials.
Submitted by pete on January 10, 2006 - 19:48
Lada Togliatti stopped their losing streak today tying Salavat Yulayev 2-2. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin's record moves to 14-9-4 on the season. Alexei Glukhov's reemergence continued today as he notched an assist in Khimik's 3-1 victory over Moscow Dynamo. Anton But had a goal in Yaroslavl's 5-0 throttling of Sibir Novosibirsk. Alexander Polushin was a scratch in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime loss to Avangard Omsk.
Submitted by pete on January 10, 2006 - 19:03
Yesterday, we updated the Bolt Prospects.com prospects section to reflect our updated Midterm Rankings for the 2005-2006 season. Before the season our staff agreed that using the NHL Central Scouting Service's methodology of using tri-annual updated would offer our readers a far more up-to-date and precise accounting of the team's prospects' standing in the organization than the once-annual offerings of publications like The Hockey News and websites like Hockey's Future. On October 29th, 2005 we posted our Preliminary Rankings. The number in parentheses after each prospect listed in the Top-25 reflects their change in the rankings between then and now. Regarding our criteria for deciding what constitutes a "prospect", any player under Lightning contract under 24 years of age at the start of the season who has played less than 41 games in any given NHL season to this point in his career is a prospect. Any prospect over 24 years of age who has played less than 41 NHL games in his career will be listed by Bolt Prospects as an "overage prospect". Among the players we currently list as overage prospects are, for instance, G Brian Eklund, RW Norm Milley and G Fredrik Norrena. With that out of the way, here are Bolt Prospects 2005-2006 Midterm Rankings:
Submitted by pete on January 10, 2006 - 18:47
According to 620 WDAE, the Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.620wdae.com/localsportsstory.html?ID=20060110150515]have waived their team captain, left wing Dave Andreychuk.[/url] If Andreychuk clears waivers he is expected to be assigned to Springfield of the AHL in what amounts to a paper transaction. The team and Andreychuk have reached an agreement whereby Andreychuk does not have to report to Springfield and the Lightning will allow him to collect the remainder of his one-way contract without penalty. There are no plans to name a new captain in the immediate future.