Hot on the heels of the Sea Wolves first win streak of the season, coinciding with the assignment of Ryan Munce and the return of Stan Lascek from pre-season injury, perhaps it's time to review the Lightning ECHL stats thus far:
F Radek Smolenak: 15gp; 5-7-12; -2; 10 PIM; 2 PPG
F Stanislav Lascek: 2gp; 2-3-5; +3; 2 PIM
F Marek Kvapil: 6gp; 1-3-4; -1; 7 PIM
D Jay Rosehill: 2gp; 0-0-0; Even; 6 PIM
F Zbynek Hrdel: 5gp; 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM
F Brandon Elliott: 11gp; 0-0-0; -2; 32 PIM
G Ryan Munce: 2gp; 125 mins; 2-0-0-0; 2.88 GAA; 0.934 SV%
Went to the fridge this morning to get some milk for my cereal, and saw Kvapil, Smolenak, and Hrdel's pictures on the side of the carton. I'm sure the Sea Wolves management must be going back through the team files to make sure they really did sign an affiliation agreement with the Lightning this summer. Perhaps it was just a bad dream.
After seven Mississippi games, I would considering posting the Lightning ECHL stats so far, if there were any stats to report. One word: pathetic. I can only apologize to the good fans of the Gulfport and Biloxi area. But my apologies certainly aren't going to help wins games unfortunately. But Kvapil and Smolenak could certainly help win games. Alas.
Mississippi now off to a 1-6 start after a 4-0 shutout by the Texas Wildcatters on Sunday.
Texas 4 @ Mississippi 0
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 35 shots enroute to his sixth loss of the season.
The Gwinnett Gladitors held on against a late surge by the Sea Wolves to sweep the 2 game series with Mississippi by a score of 3-2. Mississippi, 1-5 on the season, now sit at the bottom of the American South Division while four Lightning prospects have a combined 1 assist on the season for the Sea Wolves.
After being scratched from the lineup for two games, Marek Kvapil returned to the lineup.
Gwinnett 3 @ Mississippi 2
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; -1; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey earned *Third Star* honors. The Sea Wolves play again Sunday at 5:05pm against the Texas Wildcatters.
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.
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.
Name: Brandon Elliot
Position: Left Wing
Weight: 225 lbs
Acquired: 2004 Entry Draft, 5th Round, 158 Overall
This just in... according to the Virginian-Pilot's Paul White, Lightning style training camps are grueling. Who knew?
Also, Head Coach Steve Stirling praises Justin Keller, Chris Lawrence, Brandon Elliot, Jay Rosehill, Jonathan Boutin, and Dana Tyrell. Also, Marek Kvapil scored two goals on the first day of scrimmages.
August 15th came and went quietly, and the Lightning did not sign prospect defenseman PJ Atherton. Despite scoring 5 goals and 29 points in 57 games as a rookie with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL, Atherton was a casualty of the Lightning's overwhelming defensive depth in the minor league system signed over the course of the summer.
With the Lightning losing Atherton's rights, he will be removed from the Top-20 on the prospect page. In his place, enforcer Brandon Elliot will be temporarily moved into the Top-20. Just a note to those wondering when the '07 draftees will be added to the rankings: Bolt Prospects policy is to wait until after the Traverse City prospect tournament and Lightning training camp before placing new draftees into the rankings. This allows new players to prove themselves in a competitive environment against their peers in the organization and allows for a more accurate set of rankings to be generated. Typically, Bolt Prospects has released its Preliminary Rankings around the first or second week of October, so expect an update containing the 2007 draftees to be published then.
Johnstown got a little help from up Massachusetts way today for their first round playoff matchup against Trenton. According to ECHL.com the Chiefs were assigned D Nick Kuiper and LW Adam Henrich from Springfield of the AHL. The Chiefs also placed forwards Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka on the 7 and 3 day injured reserves, respectively.