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.