According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Falcons are reassigning defenseman Gerard Dicaire and goaltender Jonathan Boutin to ECHL Johnstown. Boutin's demotion is more a case of numbers than it is a reflection of his play.
After missing two games, Radek Smolenak returned to the ice for Kingston against the Windsor Spitfires Thursday night. Smolenak had an assist for the Frontenacs, but it wasn't enough as they fell 3-2 in overtime. Smolenak was suspended for two games, punishment for a checking-from-behind major he earned last week. He was the only Lightning CHL prospect in action on this night.
Welcome back Marty St. Louis...
Two straight solid games for John Grahame. He's starting to hit his stride as we move towards the mammoth show down in the Southeast with Carolina.
Evgeny Artyukhin with an assist on the Lightning's second goal by Brad Richards. +1 in a sparing 6:54 of ice time. I was hoping Torts could get him out more against Campoli who is a smaller defenseman who looked clueless how to contain R2. Ranger with a quiet, efficient 17:37 of even hockey.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The main attraction today was supposed to be a Karjala Cup rematch of netminders Stefan Liv and Fredrik Norrena. But what was supposed to be a demonstration of technical goaltending mastery unexpectedly turned ugly in a brawl marred 4-4 tie between Linkopings and HV-71. Shockingly, Norrena was given a major for fighting and a game misconduct for his involvement in a wild multi-player donnybrook that saw 103 minutes in penalties handed out at 3:47 in overtime on the heels of a tustle involving defenseman Andreas Holmqvist and Jens Karlsson just 7 seconds earlier.
Norrena took a no decision as a consequence of his extracurriculars and will now await disciplinary action likely involving a multi-game suspension in the Elitserien. Fighting is rare enough in Sweden, fighting as a goaltender is unheard of and a goaltender going after a skater is an incredible happening on any continent.
Andy Rogers returned to the Prince George lineup after missing a game, and Mark Tobin missed his first game of the season for Rimouski in another Oceanic loss. No information has been made available as of yet as to why Tobin was scratched. As of the middle of the third period, Rogers had not recorded a point for the Cougars, who were losing 4-0 to Lethbridge. Rimouski lost 8-6 to Victoriaville.
Stan Lascek was in action for Chicoutimi tonight and extended his lead over Maxime Boisclair for the QMJHL scoring title to four points with a goal and two assists. The Sagueneens beat Baie-Comeau 6-3.
Because the most important young prospects in the Lightning's system in Europe are generally found in Finland, Russia and Sweden, Bolt Prospects doesn't run daily reports from some of the other leagues on the continent. This post is to update the progress of prospects in the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland:
Jean-Francois Soucy has been suspended for one game, which will be served Friday. The LW/C was given an instigator penalty in the final 5 minutes of Phoenix's last game, an automatic suspension by league rules. The exhiled former Springfield Falcon has 0 goals and 6 assists in 11 games this season with a -3 rating and a team leading 56 penalty minutes. Phoenix (3-6-2) currently sits in last place of the Western Division of the ECHL's National Conference.
Anton But assisted on a third period goal today in Lokomotiv's 3-3 tie with Tver.
Meanwhile, for Togliatti, Vasily Koshechkin allowed two third period goals to fall to 7-3-1 on the season losing to Novosibirsk 2-0.
In Moscow, where Dynamo fell to CSKA 6-3, Dimitry Kazionov did not dress for his new club. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the tilt.
The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of winger Dave Spina to a professional tryout contract.
Spina, 21, has spent the first part of the season with South Carolina of the ECHL where he notched 7 goals in 11 games. Prior to that Spina played 8 games with Utah of the AHL after finishing up an impressive junior career with Boston College of the Hockey East conference where he had his career season as a sophomore with 17 goals and 37 points in 37 games. Spina, who is 5'11" 185 lbs. is a good skater who is expected to contribute offensively for the Falcons.
Before the last of the Superleague scores for the day come in and we begin reporting on the Lightning's prospects in this new post-November trade period environment, I would just like to take a moment to recognize what Vasily Koshechkin did prior to this point. No single Lightning prospect will be more negatively effected by the massive salary dump that took place in Togliatti over the past two weeks. Koshechkin now faces the prospect of playing behind a glorified Upper League team. Whatever comes though the rest of the season, it should not diminish what Koshechkin was able to do in the last month.
Prior to today's games, Koshechkin was 7-2-1 with a 0.82 GAA and a .960 save percentage. Both of the latter led the league. And, with 6 shutouts, Koshechkin was also tied with Travis Scott of Magnitogorsk for tops in that statistical category as well. 6 shutouts in 9 games, no matter what happens from here on out, will be a feat perhaps never to be duplicated by a Lightning prospect at the elite league level. So, Bolt Prospects takes a hat off to you Vasily.