Is this the season everything changes in the Lightning minor league system?
Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win. It speaks highly on the Admirals' goaltending situation that Helenius is essentially the backup even though through three starts he has a mind-biggling 1.35 GAA and .938 save percentage.
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Tyrell), 0:58
NOR Lundin, (1) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 9:31 (PP)
NOR Simek, (2) (Bochenski), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Mihalik, Jones), 5:38
NOR Jones, (2) (Bochenski, Graham), 9:58
NOR Hall, (2) (Syroczynski, Jones), 16:49
SYR Fritsche, (2) (Mayorov, Picard), 17:51
Jones' re-emergence highlights what makes this version of the Admirals different: an unprecedented amount of forward depth. The win moves Norfolk into fourth place in the AHL East Division, and they are now just four points out of first place with a game in hand on the front-running Hershey Bears.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Niitty is so gangsta.
Antero Niittymaki has been a revelation. He stopped 36 of 37 tonight to give his Lightning team a chance to get the win. Ride him 'til the wheels come off.
TB 10:09, Malone 10 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 19:13, Tanguay 3 (Malone, Lecavalier)
MTL 9:44, Gionta 7 (Spacek, Gomez)(PP)
TB 18:01, Wright 2 (Tanguay, Halpern)
This fell somewhere between the Toronto and Ottawa games in terms of how the Lightning played. The offensive flow and continuity is still absent (21 shots), and they were slightly tighter defensively than in Toronto but not quite as good as in Ottawa. Nitty has collected 4 of 6 points in these past 3 games and the team hasn't played to its potential.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 12:36. This was his quietest game in a Lightning uniform in a long while.
Drew Miller played 9:16.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:58.
James Wright scored the big insurance marker in the game and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 12:39.
All six Lightning OHL prospects in action Friday, including ex-Norfolk Admiral Jaroslav Janus, who made his season debut for Erie.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste saw his three game point streak come to an end. He started on a line with Adam Payerl (undrafted) and Luke Judson (undrafted).
Harvard Crimson 4 @ Colgate Raiders 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 5 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 2 PIM
Harvard bolted to 3-0 and 4-1 leads, but failed to hold on against the Raiders, who scored four times in the third period. Killorn (pictured at the Lightning's prospect camp this summer), the reigning ECAC Player of the Week, had both his points early in the first period. The Crimson received 22 votes in the last USCHO poll, three spots out of the top-20.
No.8 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ No.15 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Vermont fell from No.10 to 15 in the latest USCHO poll. They outshot the No.8 River Hawks 37-22.
Lake Superior Lakers 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 8 PIM
The Broncos won the shootout 1-0.