Lightning draftee Kirill Gotovets recently competed in Poland with his native Belarus in the IIHF World U20 Championships, DIV I Group B tournament. Gotovets, a defenseman, and his Belarus teammates were attempting to qualify for the 2011 World Junior Championships (WJC) in the U.S. by advancing out of the division.
Belarus (3-0-2) finished with the silver, however, and won't join Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the like next year. Gotovets went scoreless in two games played, while accumulating four penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. The Cornell University commit will now return to Shattuck St-Mary's school in Minnesota, where he has three goals and nine points to go with 49 penalty minutes in 19 games.
Norway advanced out of Group B and will join Germany (Group A) as entries in next Christmas' WJC tournament.
Canada 3 vs. Finland 0 (Exhibition)
LW Matais Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0
Finland made their exhibition debut in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Championships, but went scoreless against a strong Canada squad led by Richard Panik's teammate, Taylor Hall (1 goal), and Carter Ashton's teammate, Jordan Eberle (2 assists). Sointu played for Finland in the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in six games.
The Lightning's road trip is over. But, after two wins, the season isn't, thankfully.
Mike Smith allowed just 2 goals on 38 shots for the win.
NYI 16:47, Hunter 6 (Bailey, Hillen)(PP)
TB 6:20, Stamkos 21 (St. Louis, Malone)
NYI 16:25, Thompson 1 (Okposo, Nielsen)
TB 19:41, Lecavalier 9 (Tanguay, Malone)
TB 2:48, Malone 17 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 18 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
The Lightning have climbed back to within 1 game of the .500 mark and 2 points of 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 4 hits, and was 75% on draws in 14:05.
James Wright had 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:17.
Blair Jones had 2 shots and 2 hits in 12:34.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 19:47.
Owen Sound Attack 8 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-11-2-1, 3.33 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
Zador started the game, but was pulled after allowing his sixth goal against. Kevin Bailie finished the game, allowing two goals on eight shots. After a seven-game win streak, Oshawa has lost two of its past three games.
Note: The QMJHL and WHL are both off until the 27th for Christmas break. The OHL is off until the 28th. Bolt Prospects will provide updates from our two World Junior Championship participants, Matias Sointu (Finland) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), throughout the holiday tournament.
Russia 4 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 34/37, 2.77 GAA, .919 sv%
Koshechkin stopped 34 of 37 shots in regulation and overtime and blanked the Czechs in the penalty shot session to record the shootout win. Sergey Mozyakin potted the winning marker in the shootout for the Russians.
Finland 4 @ Sweden 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Harju and lifelong teammate Linus Omark moved back up to Sweden's second line in the game, and Omark responded with 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. But, it was Jarkko Immonen's shootout goal that sealed the win for the Finns. With the victory, the Finns clinched the Channel One Cup despite a very pedestrian 1-0-2 record. Sweden finished last in the tournament with a 0-1-2 record.