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Two Helpers for Smolenak in Win Over Belleville

Radek Smolenak had two assists for Kingston Wednesday night, helping the Frontenacs to a 4-3 overtime win over East Division Rival Belleville. Smolenak's assists came in the first and second periods. With 32 points in 27 games, Kingston remains in second in the East, well back of Peterborough (41 in 24) and ahead of Ottawa (27 in 27). Belleville is fourth with 24 points in 26 games.

WHL Stomps Russian Selects in Saskatoon

Alternate Captain Justin Keller and Team WHL made Team Russia's trip through Canada even more unpleasant Wednesday night, crushing the Russian select squad 9-2. Russia is now 0-5 in the ADT Canada/Russia Challenge and must face the powerful WHL squad again tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan. Despite piling up 9 goals against the Russians, including 8 in the first two periods, the WHL received no scoring from Keller. Keller started the game on a line with Dustin Boyd and fellow Kelowna Rocket Blake Comeau. The line combined for no points and all three had even ratings. The WHL outshot the Russians 41-19 for the game.

Game Night 11/30: Chiefs at Condors

Boutin also deserved far better support from the team in front of him... JHN-1 BAK-2 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 48 of 49 shots faced before falling in the shootout against Bakersfield. Justin Kelly and Adam Henrich had assists in the game. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2454]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/30: Leafs at Lightning

Like pulling teeth... TOR-1 TB-2 John Grahame stopped 20 of 21 for the victory in a night checking game that often resembled a rugby scrum. Paul Ranger notched an assist on a good crisp breakout pass that Vincent Lecavalier quickly moved up to Marin St. Louis who broke in for a goal on Ed Belfour. Ranger played 16:43 tonight and was +1 although he did take two minor penalties. It seems to me he's struggled a bit in his own zone in the past week or so as forwards physically challenge him along the wall. Plays where he was effectively slipping checks last month he's getting caught by forecheckers now and they're testing him. Evgeny Artyukhin with a physical 7:34 of ice time in which he registered 3 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020372.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Deuces are Wild as Lascek, Tobin Face-Off

In a match-up of two Lightning prospects seemingly headed in opposite directions, Stan Lascek and the powerful Chicoutimi Sagueneens beat the lowly Rimouski Oceanic and Mark Tobin 7-5 Tuesday night. Both prospects had two points on the night - Lascek with two assists, and Tobin with a goal and a helper. Lascek, a fifth round pick in last year's draft, is leading the QMJHL in scoring and has already surprassed his goal total from all of last season. He's an early MVP candidate and is nearly a lock for a professional contract. Tobin, on the other hand, was a late second rounder in 2004 and was thought to have more scoring touch than he initially showed in his draft year (22-16-38 in 69 games). Last season, playing on one of the best teams to ever win the QMJHL title, Tobin was unable to raise his goal total, matching the 22 he scored the year before. However, he did add 12 more assists to finish 22-28-50 in 68 games - thanks to some power play time with Sidney Crosby and Dany Roussin and the like. If there was a positive to not being able to play on a regular line with a super-prospect like Crosby last year, it was that Tobin never saw the opposition's best checking line.
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