Beech, Kevin

CHL Game Night: 2/10 (Updated 2/11)

Chris Lawrence had an off night, but Mississauga was able to get a road win in Sudbury, 3-2 over the Wolves. Lawrence went scoreless, breaking his 9 game point streak. He was also minus-1. Lawrence registered 11 goals and 8 assists during his 9 game point streak. He was plus-11 during that time span, also.

Marek Bartanus' modest 2 game point streak ended tonight at home when he did not register a point in the Attack's 3-2 loss to Kitchener. Bartanus had an even rating for the game.

The end of the season can't come soon enough for last-place Erie. They are consistently giving up 45 or more shots and lately have been doing well to allow fewer than 5 goals a game. Kevin Beech was given the night off tonight, getting a bench seat for Erie's 7-2 home loss to Sault Ste. Marie.

In the WHL, a night after beating the Winter Hawks 9-0, Prince George defeated Portland 6-2. Vladimir Mihalik scored his sixth goal of the year - a second period marker that turned out to be the game winner. He was also plus-2.

Everett suffered a rare home loss, falling to Seattle 6-2. Dane Crowley was scoreless and minus-2.

CHL Game Night: 2/3

So much for Kevin Beech’s hot streak. Beech made 35 saves in Saginaw tonight, but unfortunately also let in 9 goals. The Spirit had 44 shots on Erie in the 9-0 win. That's 19 goals against for Erie in the last two games.

Chris Lawrence and Mississauga returned to their winning ways, defeating Sarnia at home 8-6. Lawrence extended his point streak to 8 games with a goal. He also had a plus-1 rating. Mississauga allowed 4 third period goals to turn a blowout into a close game before adding an empty netter.

Owen Sound scored 5 goals tonight, but Marek Bartanus did not figure in any of them. Despite scoring 5, the Attack lost in Belleville 8-5. Bartanus was minus-1 with 2 PIM. His streaks now stand at 13 games (scoreless) and 25 games (even or minus rating).

In the WHL, Prince George won their fourth straight, 6-5 over Kamloops in overtime. Vladimir Mihalik had an assist, an even rating, and 2 PIM. Mihalik was on the ice for the overtime winner by Sharks first rounder Devin Setoguchi - acquired by the Cougars earlier this year.

Dane Crowley and Everett were at home against Chilliwack and beat the Bruins 5-2. Crowley was scoreless and even.

CHL Game Night: 2/2

After earning first star for making 56 saves and 7 shootout stops in a 3-2 win in Windsor Thursday night, Kevin Beech was given the night off as his backup, Jonathan Laniel, got the nod for the Otters in Plymouth. Now, facing 58 shots, as Beech did Thursday, looks like a drop in the bucket compared to the 72 shots Laniel faced. That's right, 72. Laniel managed to stop 62 of them as the Otters were harpooned by the Whalers 10-1. The Otters managed 23 shots for the game - the same amount the Whalers put up in the third period.

Chris Lawrence stretched his point streak to 7 games with an assist, but Mississauga fell at home to Belleville 6-3. Lawrence's 6 game goal streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.

Marek Bartanus extended his scoreless streak to a dozen games as Owen Sound lost in Kingston 6-3. He was minus-1, his 24th straight game without a plus-ranking.

In the WHL, Prince George won again, their third in a row, beating Prince Albert 5-3 at home. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point in the game. He had an even rating and no PIM.

The Tri-City Americans did the unthinkable, shutting out Everett and Dane Crowley 2-0. Carey Price, the Canadiens first round draft pick from 2005, earned the shutout. Crowley was even for the game with no PIM. The game featured a 5 on 5 brawl in the closing seconds of the game.

The Everett Herald reports:

First, with six seconds remaining, two of the key parties from Wednesday's fracas between the two clubs (4-1 Everett win) - Everett's Kyle Beach, who received a double minor for checking from behind, and Tri-City's Colton Yellow Horn, who was on the receiving end of that hit - got into an altercation.

Then with three seconds remaining the Americans began a brawl, starting three separate fights simultaneously off the faceoff. To prevent further commotion the final three seconds of the game were run off without the teams on the ice.

CHL Game Night: 2/1

Who would have thought going to the league's worst team would strengthen Kevin Beech's value?

Beech and Erie continue to show signs of life after a horrible first half of the season, this time going on the road to Windsor and defeating the Spitfires 3-2 in a shootout. Beech stopped 56 of 58 shots to earn first star honors.

After allowing a respectable 2 goals on 17 shots in the first period, Beech stopped 19 of 19 in the second, 16 of 16 in the third, 6 of 6 in overtime, then 7 of 9 shooters in an extended shootout. Erie managed only 23 shots through 3 periods and overtime (9-4-8-1).

Erie plays at Plymouth tonight.

CHL Stat Update: 1/29

Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 29, 2007:

Key:
SLU = Since Last Update (January 8)
*= Team leader in that category
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus Rating, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts

Ontario Hockey League
Marek Bartanus
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (23-20-6; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 4th Round
SLU: 8 Games Played; 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM
2006-07: 38 Games Played; 4-12-16, -9, 41 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM

Kevin Beech
Goaltender, Erie Otters (12-34-3; 5th of 5 in Midwest Division, last in OHL)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 6th Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Erie): 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Sudbury): 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2006-07 (totals): 44 Games Played; 18-17-6, 3.33 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06 (Sudbury): 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.

Chris Lawrence
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga IceDogs (30-16-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 3rd Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 11-5-16, +5, 18 PIM
2006-07: 44 Games Played; 35*-30-65*, +25, 88 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with SSM/Miss.)
Current OHL Rankings: 4th in goals, 19th in points

Western Hockey League
Dane Crowley
Defense, Everett Silvertips (40-7-2; 1st of 5 in American Division, 1st in WHL, clinched playoff spot)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 – 6th Round
SLU: 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Everett): 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Sw.Ct.): 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2006-07 (Totals): 40 Games Played; 7-19-26, +10, 98 PIM
2005-06 (SK/SC): 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM

Vladimir Mihalik
Defense, Prince George Cougars (19-23-6; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 1st Round
SLU: 5 Games Played; 2-0-2, +2, 9 PIM
2006-07: 29 Games Played; 5-9-14, -2, 49 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)

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