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PlanetUSA All-Stars Win AHL All-Star Game

Hartford Wolf Pack forward Ryan Callahan scored the game winning goal with under 4 seconds left in regulation tonight to lift the PlanetUSA All-Stars to a 7-6 win over the Canadian All-Stars at the AHL All-Star Game. Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo played in the second period for the PlanetUSA Team stopping 9 of 12 shots faced. Callahan's goal came just after a mildly controversial no call by the referees after PlanetUSA netminder Marek Schwarz clearly handled the puck below the goal line outside of the trapezoid. Hershey forward Thomas Fleischmann subsequently guided his team down on a 2-on-1 and shot the puck, leaving Callahan a juicy rebound for the winning marker.

Lightning Recall Jones

Tampabaylightning.com is reporting the Lightning have recalled Blair Jones from Springfield of the AHL.

According to the press release, Jones, 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, has played in 45 games for the Falcons this season. He has scored five goals and recorded 21 points. He played in two games with the Lightning during the 2006 preseason and logged nearly 10 minutes of ice time in each game while landing two hits, recording one takeaway and blocking three shots.

He has already played six games with the Lightning this season. He appeared in his first NHL game November 20 at Buffalo and logged nearly 10 minutes of ice time. He recorded his first career point with an assist on the game winner on November 22 at Florida. He has two assists this season with Tampa Bay.

NCAA Weekend Wrap up...

My apologies for the tardiness....I spent the weekend moving back to the Tampa area.

Mike Lundin and #7 Maine had a tough weekend, splitting the series with Northeastern. Maine dropped Friday's game 6-1 and needing overtime on Saturday to beat the Huskies 2-1. Lundin was scoreless for the series and finished a -4 with 2 PIM.

John Wessbecker and UMASS had a pretty good weekend, knocking off rival UMASS-Lowell on Friday 6-3. Wessbecker was a +2 with 2 PIM. On Saturday, the Minutemen drew a tie against another rival in #6 Boston University 3-3. Wessbecker was +1.

Northern Michigan and center Dusty Collins took a hard hit in the standings, being swept by Nebraska-Omaha. They fell Friday 6-3 and Saturday 6-1. Collins was scoreless and -2 in Friday's contest and Saturday compiled a total of 14 PIM, given a 10-minute misconduct toward the end of the game.

CHL Game Night: 1/28

Mississauga is putting up goal-totals like it's in the Q.

Chris Lawrence continued his hot streak with a goal and 2 assists as Mississauga put up double-digits on Kingston, 10-2. Lawrence's goal was his 35th of the year. He was also plus-2 and had 4 PIM, which included 2 minutes for "check-to-the-head." He was named the game's third star.

Dane Crowley and Everett needed overtime to beat expansion Chilliwack, 4-3. Crowley had an assist in the game and was plus-1.

Note: Lightning CHL stat update coming soon.

Ramo Wins Best Goaltender at AHL Skills Competition

Have we mentioned he's just 20? Karri Ramo continued to expand his reputation as a wunderkind tonight in winning the Top Goaltender Award at the AHL Skills Competition. Ramo tied for best in the competition with 15 saves including 7 of 10 in the rapid fire, 3 of 3 in the 3-on-0 event and 4
5 of 6 in the breakaway event. Congratulations to Karri on another great night in an already great rookie season.

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