Not only did the Lightning open their 15th season with the start of their NHL training camp today, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) began their 2007-2008 regular season.
St. John Sea Dogs 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 4
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Game Notes: League champion Lewiston opened their defense of the President's Cup with a sound win over St. John. The MAINEiacs scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period. Ward and Lewiston's power play went 1/8. Ward had no goals and seven assists in 58 games with limited ice time last season in Lewiston.
The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) began their games this past weekend. Seventh round pick (2007) Justin Courtnall was scoreless for the Victoria Grizzlies, who fell to the visiting Nanaimo Clippers 3-1. The Grizzlies play their second game on Saturday. Courtnall had 5 goals and 9 assists in 53 games for Burnaby (BCHL) last year.
Canada put the final touches on a masterpiece tonight beating the Russian U20 team 6-1 in the final game of the Canada/Russia Super Series. With the victory, the Canadians finish the series with an unbeaten 7-0-1 record. Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell was scoreless in the game. He finishes the series with 1 goal.
The entire tournament is archived online for viewing at HockeyWebcasts.com.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Novosibirsk's 2-1 overtime loss to Tver. Through 3 games, the younger Kazionov has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 5-2 whipping of Togliatti. Through 3 games, But has 0 points, 2 penalty minutes, and a +1 rating.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless as Spartak was shutout 2-0 by CSKA. Vishnyakov has 1 goal, 2 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games.
Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist, his first point of the season, in Omsk's 3-1 loss to Novgorod. R2 has 1 assist, 6 penalty minutes, and an even rating through 3 games. Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov is scoreless with a -1 rating through Avangard's first 3 games.
The Lightning prospects dropped a 3-1 decision tonight to the Detroit Red Wings prospects. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period and the Lightning prospects came out strong in the first half of the second only to come unglued after the Wings struck for a pair of quick goals. It was 3-1 entering the third and neither team was able to add to their totals.
Free agent tryout player and Medicine Hat Tiger Daine Todd had the Lightning goal. Vladimir Mihalik had an assist, his second of the tournament.
Torrie Jung stopped 22 of 25 shots in the loss.
The 0-2 Lightning next face the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday.
Stan Lascek played tonight and had 5 shots on goal after missing Game One against the Rangers. Unfortunately, his track record of futility in finding the scoresheet continues. Ian Duval also got into the lineup for the first time in the tournament.
RedWingsCentral has their box score and, more importantly for our purposes, tonight's lines and pairings. The Lightning kept their top two scoring lines largely in tact but shook up their defensive pairings. Lascek debuts on the fourth line as a center.