The Gwinnett Gladitors broke open a 2-2 tie scoring 4 goals in the 3rd period amid undisciplined hockey by the Sea Wolves. Mississippi, now 1-4 on the season, failed to convert on 6 power play opportunities while allowing the Gladitors to score half of their 6 tallies on the man advantage.
Marek Kvapil was missing from the lineup for the second consecutive game.
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey was peppered with 47 shots with 39 of them coming in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The two game series with Gwinnett concludes tonight at 7:05pm.
Radek Smolenak finally broke the scoresheet for Lightning prospects as his point shot on the power play was banged home by Travis Lisabeth. Mississippi had started the season 0-for-15 on the power play. The Sea Wolves would ultimately earn their first victory of the 2007-2008 season with a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Pensacola Ice Pilots. Zbynek Hrdel was held off the score sheet for the second consecutive game, while Marek Kvapil was apparent scratch for the contest. Neither Smolenak nor Hrdel was used by Mississippi head coach Steffon Walby during the shootout, with Travis Lisabeth finally converting as Walby's sixth shooter.
The Reading Royals played spoiler to the return of hockey to the Gulf Coast after a two-year hiatus following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Royals peppered former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey with 44 shots enroute to a decisive 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Lightning prospects have been held off the scoresheet in the Wolves' first three games
Lightning prospects yet to make a splash statistically... unless you call 9 shots in 2 games by Smolenak a splash. No? I didn't think so, either.
Ex-Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allows 4 goals on 26 shots, although 3 of FLA's goals came on the power play. For the two game series, 6 of the Blade's 10 goals came on the man advantage, and another came short-handed.
Ouch. And head coach Stefan Walby waited two years for this? Mississippi was 0 for 4 on the power play and allowed a short-handed goal. Meanwhile the Sea Wolves PK was 5 of 8.
Ex-Lightning prospect Morgan Cey torched for 6 goals on 42 shots, but 4 of the 6 goals were scored by the Florida special teams.
With 3-1/2 minutes left, Brandon Elliot was tagged with the 2-5-10 (Roughing, FM, GM) in an attempt to save the Wolves a bit of face.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Today, Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced that defensemen Brett Angel and Jay Rosehill and left wings Brandon Elliott and Radek Smolenak have been assigned to the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL).
Rosehill, 6â€™4â€ and 215 pounds, appeared in three games for the Admirals going scoreless with 11 penalty minutes. Smolenak, 6â€™3â€ and 180 pounds, appeared in two games for the Admirals going scoreless with two penalty minutes. Smolenak was the Lightning's top forward in Traverse City, Michigan during the September prospects tournament, drawing praise from Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster, among others. Angel, 6â€™6â€ and 229 pounds, and Elliot, 6â€™4â€ and 225 pounds, had not appeared in a game with Norfolk. The Sea Wolves kick off their 2007-08 season on Friday when they visit the Florida Everblades.
As readers of this site know, we typically release our annual Preliminary Rankings of the Lightning's prospects around the first week of October once Lightning camp breaks. Obviously we haven't done that yet, so I just wanted to give everyone an update on where we are.
The Admirals got some great goaltending from Karri Ramo and Ryan Munce and it made all the difference.
Ramo stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced before giving way to Munce who stopped 28 of 29 and went on for the shootout victory.
Box score from norfolkadmirals.com.
On Sunday at the Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake, Radek Smolenak scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals to propel Team White past Team Blue 6-4 in the Admiralsâ€™ annual Blue vs. White intra-squad scrimmage game.
Boxscore (Team, Period/Time, Scorer, Assists):
1. BLUE 1/5:38 Rob Klinkhammer (Unassisted)
2. WHITE 1/9:40 Stan Lascek (Unassisted)
3. WHITE 1/10:14 Matt Radoslovich (Lance Monych, Vladimir Mihalik)
4. BLUE 1/11:50 Mike Falk (Rob Klinkhammer)
5. BLUE 2/6:21 Dana Tyrell (Mathieu Melanson)
6. WHITE 2/9:59 Radek Smolenak (Daine Todd, Vladimir Mihalik) (Power Play)
7. WHITE 2/13:20 Radek Smolenak (Marek Kvapil, Jay Holladay)
8. WHITE 3/7:58 Justin Keller (Brandon Elliott)
9. BLUE 3/16:24 Dana Tyrell (Unassisted) (Shorthanded)
10. WHITE 3/19:17 Justin Keller (Justin Taylor)
Penalties, goaltender stats, Norfolk cuts and scrimmage stats from the week on the flip.
Crisdotero also blogged some quotes from Lightning GM Jay Feaster today regarding the play of the team's prospects at the Traverse City tournament.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Feaster raves about the play of forward Radek Smolenak and admits several organizations expressed praise for Smolenak's play and lauds defenseman Mike Lundin's strong play in the tournament.
Bolt Prospects will have more on the Lightning organization's reaction to the Traverse City tournament later this week.