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.
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.
Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future also has a recap of the dayâ€™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.
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.
Box score [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/stories/2006_09/08_BoxTB_NYR.html]courtesy of Redwingscentral.com[/url].