Helenius, Riku

Bolts Promote Downie, Ramo, and Helenius

In a series of back-to-back promotions with the Lightning system, Tampa Bay Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced on Monday that the Bolts have recalled prospect forward Steve Downie from the Norfolk Admirals. In addition, the Lightning announced that they also recalled prospect goaltender Karri Ramo from the Admirals to Tampa on an emergency basis.

Downie's recall was expected, with the Lightning indicating last week that he would be recalled after the NHL All-Star break -- a move that would prevent him from participating in the AHL All-Star game Monday night. However, Ramo's emergency recall was a bit of a surprise, as the St. Pete Times reported on Monday that Tampa veteran netminder Olaf Kolzig suffered a setback during the All-Star break with respect to his injured left arm, and was placed back on IR.

With Ramo recalled to Tampa, the Lightning announced on Tuesday that prospect goaltender Riku Helenius has been reassigned from Mississippi (ECHL) to Norfolk to back up Admirals goalie Mike McKenna. Helenius was assigned to the Gulf Coast last Friday, backing up Sea Wolves and former Bolt prospect goaltender Ryan Munce in two weekend games but seeing no game action.

ECHL Weekend Update: 1/23-1/25

The Mississippi Sea Wolves returned to action this weekend after a brief pause for last Wednesday night's ECHL All-Star game. Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius was reassigned to the Gulf Coast from Norfolk on Friday and was on the bench backing up former Bolt prospect Ryan Munce against the visiting Charlotte Checkers. Helenius again backed up Munce Sunday afternoon at home against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Sea Wolves split the weekend games against division rivals, with Helenius seeing no game action.

Friday, January 23, 2009
Charlotte 6 @ Mississippi 5 OT

G Riku Helenius: did not play

Sunday, January 25, 2009
South Carolina 2 @ Mississippi 4

G Riku Helenius: did not play

The road ahead this week for the Sea Wolves include stops in Johnstown Wednesday and Friday, followed by a tilt against Wheeling on Saturday.

Bolts Reassign Downie, Wishart, and Helenius

As the NHL All-Star Break begins, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospects Steve Downie and Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today. Admirals General Manager Mike Butters also announced today that prospect goaltender Riku Helenius has been reassigned from the Admirals to the ECHL's Mississippi Sea Wolves.

Lightning Recall Ramo, Reassign Helenius to Norfolk

With Lightning netminder Olaf Kolzig continuing to be bothered with an upper body injury, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced that Tampa has recalled prospect goaltender Karri Ramo from the Norfolk Admirals. Ramo joined the team in Pittsburgh ahead of their Tuesday night tilt against the Penguins. Kolzig was sent home to Tampa after Saturday night's game 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. Ramo backstopped the Admirals to their third straight victory last night in Philadelphia, stopping 30 shots in regulation and overtime and all four shooters in the shootout in a 3-2 win.

In addition, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced that Riku Helenius was reassigned from the ECHL Mississippi Sea Wolves by Tampa to the Norfolk Admirals. Despite a record of 3-0-0 with a 2.28 GAA and 0.944 SV% in 3 games since joining the Sea Wolves, Helenius served as Ryan Munce's backup in back-to-back road games against the Florida Everblades Friday and Saturday nights with Munce giving up a pair of 5-2 losses. Mississippi doesn't play again until after Christmas, and Helenius' recall to Norfolk will give him some more time to practice with Lightning goaltending coach Cap Raeder this week.

ECHL Game Night 12/17: Everblades at Sea Wolves

Riku Helenius stopped 39 shots through regulation and overtime, but could get no help from his offense, as the Mississippi Sea Wolves fell to the visiting Florida Everblades 2-1 in OT. Helenius surrendered the shutout with less than 4 minutes left in regulation, and then gave up the one-timer blast from Kevin Baker with 30 seconds remaining in OT. Helenius earned second star honors for his effort. The Blades completed a two-night sweep of the Wolves with Mississippi goaltender Jeremy Duschesne allowing 9 Everblades goals on Tuesday night.

Former Lightning prospect Ryan Munce was released from his PTO with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) on Wednesday, and was back on the bench for the Sea Wolves backing up Helenius.

Florida 2 @ Mississippi 1
G Riku Helenius: 2 GA; 64:31 MIN; 41 SH; 39 SV; *SECOND STAR*

The Sea Wolves engage the Blades in a two-game rematch in Estero this Friday and Saturday night.

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