For the first time this year in Lightning camp there was a winning side at scrimmages as Team White defeated Team Black 2-1. Team Black's goal came from Vaclav Prospal on a strong individual effort whule Team White's goals came from Chris Gratton off assists from Matt Smaby and Brad Lukowich, and from Jason Ward off assists from Brad Richards and Michel Ouellet.
In related news, Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports Head Coach John Tortorella is planning to make his first cuts after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Tortorella reportedly plans on shaving the roster down by 7 or 8 players.
Meanwhile, in Chesapeake, Va, Norfolk Admirals camp kicked off today with physical testing mimicking the grueling conditioning drills of the Lightning's camp. The Lightning's prospects started today with the 3x8 lap drill and will undertake the difficult challenge of the 45 lap marathon that is the 15x3 drill tomorrow. Admirals scrimmages will begin Wednesday.
Powell River Kings 3 @ Victoria Grizzlies 3 (9.15.07)
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 1-0-1, 2 PIM
Game Notes: Justin Courtnall, son of former NHL player Geoff Courtnall and nephew of former NHLer Russ Courtnall, scored his first goal of the year mid-way through the third period to lift the Victoria Grizzlies to a 3-3 tie with Powell River ... The BCHL uses ties and overtime losses in the standings ... Courtnall was whistled for interference late in the third period, but the Grizzlies were able to kill off the penalty ... Courtnall scored just five goals in 53 games last season with Burnaby (BCHL). He has one goal in two games so far this season for the 0-1-1-0 Grizzlies.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3 (9.16.07)
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Game Notes: The MAINEiacs dropped their first game of the year, blowing a 3-1 second period lead to the Titan. A-B scored three times in just under two minutes in the second period to make that two goal deficit into a one goal lead. The Titan added an empty netter with nine seconds left ... Ward has not registered a point in two games this year and is looking for his first QMJHL goal.
Different day, same results. Sunday's scrimmage ended in yet another 1-1 tie between Team Black and Team White, duplicating Saturday's result. According to Erik Erlendsson's blog, Team Black's goal came from the prospective fourth line with Nick Tarnasky getting the goal off an Andre Roy feed. Team White's goal was scored by free agent signing Michel Ouellet off a pass by Brad Richards.
Erlendsson calls out overage prospect David Schneider for a couple of positive plays in today's game. Schneider spent the past four seasons in Finland playing in the SM-liiga for TPS and HPK and was a teammate of Karri Ramo when the two won a championship in 2005-2006. Schneider was signed to anchor the Norfolk Admirals' power play and should provide some offensive spark to the Ads' attack.
Also on the positive side, today was another strong outing for the Lightning's goaltenders particularly Ramo and veteran Marc Denis. Erlendsson had Denis stopping 17 of 17 shots faced while Ramo stopped 16 of 17 including a 3-on-1 chance by Dan Jancevski.