Team Russia defeated the Czech Republic today 3-1 to win the Rosno Cup on home soil. Anton But capped a decisive three goal for first period for Russia with his second goal of the tournament to contribute to the win.
Team Finland finished second in the tournament with a 1-1-1 record as Fredrik Norrena stymied rival Sweden 2-1 on the strength of 28 saves.
Fredrik Norrena, 1-0-1, 1.44 GAA, .949 sv%
Although he made Team Slovakia's 30 man roster don't expect to see Marek Bartanus suit up for the team at the U-20 World Junior Championships. TSN.ca has released Slovakia's 25 man roster and Bartanus isn't on it. The struggling Owen Sound forward will likely sit the tournament out as an alternate meaning the Lightning will have four active participants in this year's tournament: Karri Ramo (Finland), Radek Smol
The Lightning are still a long way from regaining their championship form.
The Lightning allowed three unanswered goals in the third period to seal the loss. The outcome overshadows the first game and first goal of rookie Ryan Craig's career, a deflection off a Cory Sarich point shot. Craig had three shots in 9:52 of ice time although he was on the ice for Martin Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk's third period markers to finish -1 for the night (although the first goal was a Grahame softie and the second a poor rebound kicked out by Grahame). Fellow premiering rookie Darren Reid finished -2 on the night in 9:12 of playing time although he did energize the Lightning by leading the squad with 5 hits on the night.
The experienced gray hair of the Lightning's four rookies, Paul Ranger, quietly put together 17:07 of even hockey. Evgeny Artyukhin, who got some scoring line shifts with Ruslan Fedotenko out of the lineup with an injury, was -1 with 3 hits in a relatively sizable 15:50 of ice time.
Post mortem from NHL.com.
Team Finland was outshot a remarkable 41 to 17 today by home team Russia as they went down to defeat 2-0. Lightning prospect netminder Fredrik Norrena did not play in the defeat.
In the early game, former Atlanta Thrasher Andreas Karlsson scored an overtime game winning goal as Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 1-0.