Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Marek Bartanus's cold streak continued Sunday, as the winger failed to hit the scoresheet for Owen Sound in the Attack's 3-2 home win over Saginaw. Bartanus has not registered a point in nine straight games. Since his four assist game on November 3 (23 games ago), Bartanus has only one goal (11/22/06) and one assist (12/06/06). This, after he started the year with points in five straight games and in eight of his first ten.
The Erie Otters won for the second time in three games (a huge accomplishment for the Otters), beating the Storm in Guelph, 6-5 in a shootout. Kevin Beech was back in net for the Otters, stopping 47 of 52 shots in regulation and 1 of 2 shootout attempts. In six games with Erie, Beech has a 2-1-1 record with a GAA of 4.32 and a save percentage of .886.
The Everett Silvertips got the better of their rivals, the Vancouver Giants, for the fourth time this year, winning 6-5 in a shootout. Dane Crowley missed his second consecutive game for the Tips with the flu. Everett (36-7-0-2) is now 4-0 this season against Vancouver (30-10-3-5), the team that swept the Tips out of the playoffs last season. Though Everett is 4-0, two games were won in shootouts and one in overtime.
I smell the heavy scent of BP Prospect of the Week consideration.
Chris Lawrence had 2 more goals and an assist Saturday night as Mississauga crushed Kevin Beech and Erie 9-3. Lawrence was also plus-2 and was named the game's second star. For all those keeping track, Lawrence has 7 goals and 2 assists this week, with a plus-6 rating. After a rough road trip last week, Mississauga has scored 21 goals in 3 games this week, giving up 6. As for Beech, after two straight solid outings, he was pulled midway through the first period when he gave up 3 goals on 6 shots.
Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound defeated Guelph 2-1 in Owen Sound. Bartanus was even and didn't register a point.
In the WHL, Everett fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Tri-City Americans. Dane Crowley missed the game with the flu.
Prince George shutout Chilliwack for the second consecutive night. Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and even, but did have a fighting major. Mihalik took on Donnie Glennie, who's listed at 5'10". Mihalik, of course, is 6'8". (I haven't been able to find fight details as of yet.)
Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a natural hattrick in Mississauga's 7-2 win over the Barrie Colts. Lawrence scored three straight goals in just over 7 minutes of the third period to break the game open, including his first two just 8 seconds apart. He was also plus-2 with 4 PIM. Lawrence now has 30 goals on the year. For the second consecutive game he was named the game's first star.
Kevin Beech won his first game with Erie, stopping 29 of 32 shots to help the Otters defeat Toronto St. Mike's 4-3. This was just the 10th win of the year for Erie.
Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack were shutout by Guelph 5-0. Bartanus was minus-1.
Vladimir Mihalik scored his fourth of the year to help Prince George to a 4-0 shutout win over Chilliwack. Mihalik was even in the game.
Dane Crowley and Everett shut down Vancouver 4-2 in Everett. Crowley scored his sixth goal of the year and now has a 2-game goal streak. He was also plus-1. Crowley was named the game's third star.
Marek Bartanus again failed to hit the scoresheet, but Owen Sound defeated Ottawa 3-2. Bartanus was minus-1 in the game.
Kevin Beech got his second start in as many nights and turned in a superb performance, but the Otters ended up losing 2-1 in overtime to Guelph. The Storm outshot Erie and Beech 37-23. Beech's 35 saves earned him the game's first star award.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley and Everett beat Portland 5-2. Crowley scored his first goal as a Silvertip - his fifth of the season. He was also plus-3.
In Kamloops, the Prince George Cougars lost to Kamloops 6-0. Vladimir Mihalik was not in the Cougars' lineup. Mihalik is with the team, having flown to Kelowna from Slovakia to meet his teammates, but he has not been able to play because his equipment has not yet arrived.
Kevin Beech made his first start for Erie tonight in London and stopped 32 shots, but took the loss as the Otters were soundly beaten, 5-3. The Knights outshot the Otters 37-23 in the game, including 21-6 in the second period.
Chris Lawrence returned to Sault Ste. Marie and scored his 25th goal of the year, but the Ice Dogs fell to the Greyhounds 7-3.
Vladimir Mihalik is not in the lineup tonight for Prince George.
Dane Crowley made his Everett Silvertips debut, however the 'Tips dropped a 3-1 decision to Portland.
According to several news sources and everettsilvertips.com, Lightning prospect Dane Crowley was traded by the Swift Current Broncos to the Everett Silvertips yesterday. This is the second season in a row the defenseman has been traded, having been sent from Saskatoon to Swift Current last season. Crowley was an assistant captain for the Broncos.
Crowley was tied for 5th on the Broncos in scoring with 4 goals and 15 assists for 19 points in 33 games this season.
"Dane will bring valuable leadership and experience to our blueline this season," said Silvertips VP/General Manager Doug Soetaert. "He brings a good right handed shot from the point and will add quality depth to our defense corps."
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 8, 2007:
Teams: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (19-17-5; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
2006-07: 30 Games Played; 4-12-16, -4, 35 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Sudbury Wolves (18-16-6; 3rd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
2006-07: 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06: 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga Ice Dogs (24-13-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
2006-07: 35 Games Played; 24-25-49, +20, 70 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with Sault Ste. Marie/Mississauga)
Western Hockey League
Defense, Swift Current Broncos (21-19-2; 2nd of 6 in East Division)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
2006-07: 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2005-06: 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM (with Saskatoon/Swift Current)
Defense, Prince George Cougars (15-19-5; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
2006-07: 24 Games Played; 3-9-12, -4, 40 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Chris Lawrence scored his 24th goal of the year and added two assists to help Mississauga to a 4-2 home win over Oshawa this afternoon. He was also plus-1. The 6-4 winger opened the game with a power play goal before adding a power play assist with 5 minutes left in the second period. He then set up fellow winger Jadran Beljo with 6 seconds left in the middle period to give the Ice Dogs a 4-1 lead.
Marek Bartanus has yet to join Owen Sound following the conclusion of the WJCs in Sweden. The Attack fell at home to Kingston tonight 4-3.
Kevin Beech had a good showing for the second night in a row - but Beech and Sudbury lost in a shootout for the second night in a row. Beech stopped 30 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 1 of 2 attempts in the shootout. The Wolves went 0 for 3 in the shootout and Sault Ste. Marie took the win, 2-1. Sudbury's Patrik Lusnak had scored with 2 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Beech was named the game's second star for his efforts.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley and Swift Current fell 6-2 on the road in Regina, one night after crushing the Pats 9-0 in Swift Current. Crowley, who had a goal last night, was scoreless tonight with a minus-1 rating and had an early first period fighting major vs. Mike Reich. Reich earned a 10-minute misconduct in addition to a fighting major.
There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...