Friday night's highlights...
- Big night for Courtnall
- Cunti gets two helpers in a Steel shutout
- Michael Ward lights the lamp
Admirals ride the roller coaster, get a point.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 18 of 20 shots in regulation and overtime before allowing 2 of 5 shooters to score for the shootout loss.
NOR Stewart, (9) (Szczechura, Leach), 14:02 (PP)
ALB Nolan, (19) (Petruzalek, Gove), 16:46
ALB Petruzalek, (7) (Mormina, Carson), 10:52
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Smolenak, Milley), 18:45
ALB- Petruzalek, Johnson
Paul Szczechura has been a revelation so far for the Admirals with 3 goals and 6 points in five games since being acquired by Norfolk. He was second star of the game tonight scoring the critical tying goal in the third period for the Ads.
Radek Smolenak extended his point streak to 4 games. He now has 2 goals and 8 points in 22 games in the AHL this season.
Norfolk dominated the opening frame outshooting Albany 17-5. After 40 minutes they held a 23-9 shot advantage, but had a 1-1 tie to show for it. The River Rats then stormed the Ads early in the third outshooting the Admirals 9-1 by the time Boutin relented the go ahead goal to Petruzalek. Then the Admirals stormed back to tie the game and in overtime they outshot Albany 6-0.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
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I've been reading a lot of talk on the internet in the past three or four weeks by Lightning fans wanting to assign blame for the struggles the Lightning have had this season. One of the common threads in many of these cases has been to point the finger at the Lightning's junior scouting department. That discontent in the fan base only got amplified last week when St. Pete Times writer John Romano wrote, "The bottom line is the Lightning has gotten virtually nothing from nearly a decade of drafts." Even Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has gotten in on the act calling the Lightning's minor league system a mess, only fueling a vocal segment of the Lightning fan base that is thirsting to see heads roll.
Everybody seems to be squealing for accountability, but no one has done the accounting. Much, much more on the flip...
A day after being shutout by Everett 6-0, Prince George put forth a strong effort, outshooting the â€˜Tips 39-35, but it wasnâ€™t enough as the Cougars fell in a shootout 5-4. Dana Tyrell, who scored his 19th and 20th goals of the year, did not participate in the shootout, which was over after 3 shooters each. Tyrell sent the game to overtime with a last minute goal. According to Greg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News, Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster was in attendance to watch both Crowley and Tyrell. 2008 draft eligible forward Kyle Beach did not play for Everett due to injury.
Lightning enter All-Star break with a thud.
Ottawa 13:43, Daniel Alfredsson 30 (Antoine Vermette)
Ottawa 14:12, Jason Spezza 17 (Randy Robitaille, Daniel Alfredsson)
Ottawa 18:41, Daniel Alfredsson 31 (power play) (Jason Spezza, Andrej Meszaros)
Ottawa 4:38, Daniel Alfredsson 32 (shorthanded) (Mike Fisher)
Ottawa 9:36, Antoine Vermette 11 (Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden)
Tampa Bay 13:51, Dan Boyle 1 (unassisted)
Ottawa 1:39, Randy Robitaille 8 (Daniel Alfredsson)
Tampa Bay 1:59, Nick Tarnasky 4 (Brad Lukowich)
Ottawa 3:58, Dean McAmmond 6 (Chris Neil, Mike Fisher)
Tampa Bay 5:07, Craig MacDonald 2 (Andre Roy, Nick Tarnasky)
Tampa Bay 15:17, Dan Boyle 2 (Paul Ranger, Martin St. Louis)
Ottawa 16:33, Jason Spezza 18 (Andrej Meszaros, Wade Redden)
The good news is the Lightning got Dan Boyle back from injury and he promptly potted a pair of goals.
Plaudits for Nick Tarnasky's 1 goal and 1 assist.
U.S. prep stats as of January 23, 2008:
C/W Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 20 GP, 17-11-28
Nobles is 11-7-2 on the year. Marshall, a University of Vermont commit, is second on the team in scoring.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 16 GP, 24-19-43
Deerfield is 10-5-1 for the season. Killorn, a Harvard commit, is tied for the national scoring lead among prep players in the U.S. with Boston College recruit Cam Atkinson.
Note: For more updates on Harvardâ€™s program, see Crimson Hockey.
CHL Top Prospects Game
Team White 8 Team Red 4
Possible Lightning target Zach Boychuck had a goal and two assists â€“ one of which came on a gorgeous play where he turned a defenseman inside-out on a rush and cut to the net for a shot which was eventually knocked in by a teammate. Likely top pick Steven Stamkos had a Gordie Howe hattrick (1+1). Game recap.
Lighting prospect results from Wednesday:
Break up the Admirals.
Marc Denis allowed 2 goals on 27 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 4 of 4 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win.
NOR Lessard, (12) (Smolenak), 1:22
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Keller, Schneider), 8:19 (PP)
HER Boumedienne, (2) (Beagle, Lepisto), 10:50
HER Fehr, (1) (Boumedienne, Lepisto), 9:05 (PP)
Ordinarily, a shootout win wouldn't be such a big deal, but considering Hershey has tortured Norfolk most of this season in a way reminiscent of how Providence used to torment Springfield, a win is sweet indeed.
AHL all-star Justin Keller was named first star with an assist and the sealing goal in the shootout. Marc Denis received third star of the game honors.
Don't look now, but Radek Smolenak has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 3 games.
The Admirals outshot Hershey 39-27 in the game. Now if they can just get Blair Jones back on track.
Box score from TheAHL.com.