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Lightning Prospects Fall 8-6 to Columbus

Despite a ferocious third period comeback bid the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]fell 8-6 tonight against Columbus.[/url] 2005 draftee Kevin Beech stopped just 33 of 41 shots faced. Even in defeat, however, the Lightning organization has to be pleased with the emergence of their offense so far. The Lightning prospects have scored 11 goals in the first two contests. Leading the way have been Justin Keller of Kelowna and Springfield Falcon Adam Henrich with 3 goals each. 2005 draftee Marek Kvapil has also acquitted himself well offensively notching the Lightning's first goals in both games so far. And, it seems, in every prospect tournament there is a player who emerges from nowhere to make a serious impression. Thus far, with 2 goals and 1 assist in the opening two contests, it has been Moose Jaw's Blair Jones. After the game Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen said Jones has played well so far in the tournament. "He has stuck his nose in and played hard and made some good plays," Goertzen added. The Lightning prospects will face off with the Minnesota Wild's prospects tomorrow night at 7pm.

Lightning/Falcons Sign Forward Ryan Vesce

The Springfield Falcons in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2746.shtml]signing of center Ryan Vesce.[/url] The diminuitive Vesce, at just 5'8" 170 lbs., spent last season with Rogle BK of the Swedish Alsvenskan where he led his club with 20 goals and 45 points in 43 games. Prior to that, the 23 year old played four years in the ECAC for Cornell where he compiled 128 points in 131 games. His career year came as a junior when he led Cornell in scoring with 19 goals and 45 points in 36 games. With outstanding speed and skill, the native of Lloyd Harbor, NY draws obvious comparisons to former ECAC alum's Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin. An added bonus may be Vesce's faceoff ability. Vesce won 55% of his draws last season in the initial phase of the Alsvenskan schedule in the Sodra division, 65% in the Superalsvenskan and 57% in the promotion tournament, the Playoff till Kvalserien.

Lightning Sign D Todd Rohloff

TSN Canada is reporting the Lightning [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=135607]has signed 31 year old defenseman Todd Rohloff.[/url]

Polushin Notches Assist in Opening Day Victory

Severstal Cherepovets jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead today and never looked back as they defeated Lada Togliatti 4-1 in the season opener. Lightning prospect Alexander Polushin assisted on a Sergei Soin power play goal to cap the scoring for Cherepovets.

Alexeev Scores In Superleague Opener

Last night marked the opening of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament and today marks the beginning of the European hockey season as the Russian Superleague kicks off it's regular season schedule. Bolt Prospects will update scores as they become available. Avangard Omsk defeated Novosibirsk 4-3 today in overtime. Lightning left wing prospect Nikita Alexeev scored Omsk's second goal in the victory. In other news, winger Alexei Glukhov has rejoined the Khimik organization and had 2 penalty minutes in the team's opening 5-2 loss to Novokuznetsk.
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