Cunti, Luca

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 9/21

Barberio gets two helpers ... Jung watches his replacement drop to 0-2.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 9/19

Friday's results from the BCHL, WHL, OHL, and QMJHL.

Lightning Prospects Drop Finale In Overtime

The Lightning prospects finished 0-3-1 at the Traverse City prospect tournament after falling in overtime this afternoon to the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects 6-5.

Columbus stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead before the Lightning responded with a goal from Matias Sointu off helpers from Luca Cunti and Mitch Fadden early in the second period. Luciano Aquino also scored a goal from Brady Leavold later in the period, but Columbus also notched a pair of goals of their own in the second stanza.

That set the stage for a furious third period comeback by the Lightning, which included an early goal by tryout Brett Parnham off assists from Cunti and Chris Lawrence. The Lightning then brought the game to even with a pair of power play goals midway through the third period from Aquino, off an assist from Mark Barberio, followed by an unassisted tally by Lawrence less than two minutes later.

Unfortunately, Columbus' Ryan Garlock converted a power play chance early in the extra session to finish off the Lightning's comeback hopes for good. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski fell to 0-2-1 after allowing 6 goals on 26 shots in the game. The Lightning prospects outshot Columbus 39-26 in the loss.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Cunti Selected by Rimouski

Taken at No.17 of today's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Lightning prospect Luca Cunti will be joining the junior club that brought the NHL Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Sidney Crosby -- the Rimouski Oceanic.

At first glance, this is a great situation for Cunti, who tried to play last year at St. Cloud State University before the NCAA denied his amateur eligibility status. Cunti later joined the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League.

With Rimouski, Cunti will play on a stocked roster as Rimouski is the host team for the 2009 Memorial Cup.

Bolt Prospects News Bits

A recap of recent news from around the world of Bolt Prospects, with updates on the futures of Johan Harju, Mitch Fadden, Dane Crowley, and Luca Cunti...

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/25: Waterloo Crushes Chicago


Game 2: (4) Chicago Steel 1 @ (2) Waterloo Black Hawks 5
Waterloo leads Best of 5 series 2-0

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-1-1, E, 1 shot on goal
Series: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 1 shot on goal
Playoffs: 6 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 2 PIM, 9 shots on goal

Waterloo has outscored Chicago 9-2 on their way to a commanding 2-0 series lead. Somewhat ironically, the Black Hawks can close out the series in Chicago on Sunday.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/23: Waterloo Takes Game 1

Game 1: (4) Chicago Steel 1 @ (2) Waterloo Black Hawks 4
Waterloo leads Best of 5 series 1-0

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 0 shots on goal
Playoffs: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Waterloo struck first against Chicago in their East Division Finals series, winning 4-1 and taking a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is Friday at Waterloo.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/18: Chicago Completes Upset


Game 4: (1) Indiana Ice 0 @ (4) Chicago Steel 5
Chicago wins Best of 5 series 3-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, E, 2 shots on goal
Series: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Chicago broke a 0-0 second period tie with two goals before adding three power play markers in the third period to close out their first round series with an upset over top-seeded Indiana. After being named third star in Game 3, Cunti was scoreless for the Steel in the clincher. Chicago will now play second-seeded Waterloo in the Clark Cup Semi-Finals.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/15: Cunti Scores GWG for Chicago


Game 3: (1) Indiana Ice 1 @ (4) Chicago Steel 3
Chicago leads Best of 5 series 2-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 1-0-1, +1, 5 shots on goal, *Third Star*
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 8 shots on goal

Cunti scored what would be the game winning goal midway through the second period to give Chicago a 2-1 lead and the Steel is now one win away from upsetting top seeded Indiana in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs. Chicago would add an insurance goal on a penalty shot in the third to cap the win. Cunti was named third star for his efforts. Chicago can close out the series at home on Friday night.

USHL Playoffs Game Night 4/12: Indiana Explodes to Even Series


Game 2: (4) Chicago Steel 2 @ (1) Indiana Ice 7
Best of 5 series tied 1-1

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 0-0-0, -1, 1 shot on goal
Series: 2 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 shots on goal

Chicago took a 2-1 lead into the second period, then watched as top-seeded Indiana scored the game’s next 6 goals to tie the first round series at 1. Game 3 is Tuesday in Chicago.

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