Back-to-back wins against teams that have traditionally tortured the Lightning. Nice.
Mike Smith stopped 29 of 31 shots faced for the win.
08:06 OTT Vermette, (Schubert, Foligno)(PP)
14:09 TB Lecavalier, (Krajicek, Prospal)
14:48 OTT Heatley, (Kuba, Vermette)
13:48 TB Carle, (Prospal, Krajicek)
OTT- Spezza, Ruutu
TB- Jokinen, St. Louis, Artyukhin
Ottawa tastes defeat at the shootout hands of the bottomless pit, Evgeny Artyukhin.
In past years, if the Lightning had the Sabres and Senators back-to-back on the schedule, most Lightning fans would be happy with 2 points and not getting blown out in either game, so this is the first time I can honestly say Barry Melrose and OK Hockey have changed the on-ice dynamic of the team for the better. The Lightning are now 4-3-3 on the season, thanks largely to the incredible goaltending of Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig, and look like a team that is finally getting its footing. At the very least, Vincent Lecavalier is looking hot as a flamethrower right now.
Steven Stamkos had 3 shots on goal and was 38% on draws in 13:54.
That's a bitter pill to swallow.
Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
POR Mancari, (5) (Darche, Kennedy), 19:54
NOR Rosehill, (1) (Kearns, Lawrence), 5:26
POR Kennedy, (3) (Darche, Baier), 13:48
POR Fretter, (2) (Schutz, Mancari), 15:24
NOR Segal, (5) (Szczechura, Smolenak), 17:55
NOR Segal, (6) (Szczechura, Boyle), 2:48
POR Darche, (1) (Kennedy, Kostka), 6:51
POR Schutz, (2) (Weber, Mancari), 11:47
Portland found out that Brandon Segal is Hard to Kill, as he finished the game's second star.
This was a tough one. The Admirals battled out of a two goal hole to tie the game early in the final period, only to see their opportunities dissolve in the final 15 minutes of the game. The team is still struggling to come together defensively and they really only have one line going at this time. It hasn't helped matters that the Ads have had a bruising schedule early one. Portland, for instance, came to town in first place in their division. Darren Rumble has to hope his defense comes around with more experience, and he has to try to find a line combination other than Smolenak/Szczechura/Segal that can put the puck in the net consistently. It wouldn't hurt if one of the goaltenders would step up and steal a couple of games to help the club get their feet underneath them.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
With Lynx captain Aaron Slattengren signing an AHL contract with Portland (and scoring against the Admirals) on Thursday and Justin Keller still out of the lineup due to injury, the Augusta offense was on short circuit as the Lynx was blanked 5-0 by the Charlotte Checkers. Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 31 shots for his first regulation loss of the season.
Augusta 0 @ Reading 5
G Riku Helenius: 5 GA; 60 MIN; 31 SH; 26 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM; 2 SOG
W Justin Keller: did not play
Augusta next plays on November 5th in Biloxi against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.
Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2 (Tuesday)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 2 PIM + Game (checking from behind, game misconduct)
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-11-17, 34 PIM
Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-9-12, -3, 12 PIM
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 5
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM
Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 28 saves, *Third Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 8-3-0-2, 1.60 GAA, .950 sv%, 3 shutouts
Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No.20 Harvard Crimson 4 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Killorn earned a primary assist in his first official collegiate game. He had a goal in an exhibition match-up for the Crimson.
Providence Friars 4 @ UMass Minutemen 9 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +7, 6 PIM