Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports Evgeny Artyukhin was assigned to Springfield of the AHL after the conclusion of tonights Lightning/Hurricanes preseason tilt. The Lightning roster now stands at 21 players with Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling battling for the final roster spot.
The Falcons waffled the Providence Bruins tonight in their first official preseason game 5-2. Falcons goal scorers were Norm Milley, shorthanded, Marek Kvapil, Jim Campbell, Dennis Packard and Brandon Elliot.
Brian Eklund stopped 17 of 19 through two periods before giving way to Morgan Cey who went a perfect 6 for 6 in the final frame to seal the victory.
Fran Sypek's write up of the game praises last year's rookie Falcons like Andre Deveaux. Second year pros Deveaux and Henrich notched one assist each while Paul Ranger had 2 assists. Norm Milley (1G 1A) and Ryan Vesce (2A) also had multi-point nights. Vesce was originally credited with the Falcons' fifth goal which was awarded to Elliot. Henrich and Darren Reid led the team in shots on goal. The Falcons' final preseason game is Sunday.
Defenseman Gerard Dicaire has been medically cleared to play and has been sent to Springfield to participate in Falcons' training camp. Dicaire was being treated for a neurological disorder which caused his nervous system to improperly regulate his blood pressure.
The 2005-06 Springfield Falcons looked a lot like the dreaded 2004-05 Falcons as Lowell broke open a 2-2 second period tie to beat Springfield 7-2 Tuesday night. The game, which was added late to the exhibition schedule, was played in an empty MassMutual Center and was described by Brandon Elliott as basically a scrimmage.
Scoring for the Falcons, who dressed several tryout players, was Lightning prospect Zbynek Hrdel and tryout defenseman and former Ohio State Buckeye Doug Andress. Gerald Coleman and Jonathan Boutin continued their battle for depth chart supremacy with Coleman widening his lead by allowing two goals in his 30 minutes of action. Boutin allowed five to take the loss.
Fran Sypek of the Republican did a good, concise writeup on the impending Falcons training camp Wednesday after the Lightning reassigned 18 players to Springfield. So, with the Falcons' beat writer breaking the tape I believe it can be officially declared that speculating on Springfield's roster to be fair game. In this blog entry I'll give a good crack at it.