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Lawrence, Keller Continue Streaks

Justin Keller and Chris Lawrence both continued their point streaks in CHL action Wednesday night. Lawrence, a center for Sault Ste. Marie, scored a point in his fifth straight game - an assist in a 4-3 loss to Sarnia. Meanwhile, Justin Keller of the Kelowna Rockets scored a goal in his third straight game as Kelowna shutout Prince Albert 3-0. Keller also had an assist and a plus-one rating for the contest, good enough to be named the game's second star.

Hagglund Finds the Scoresheet

Lightning prospect Johan Hagglund scored his first point of the season today in a 4-1 loss to Rogle BK. The IK Oskarshamn left wing has been primarily playing on the 2nd line for his new club. Hagglund, who was selected in the 4th round in the 2000 draft by the Lightning, played last season with Hammarby which is also in the Swedish Alsvenskan.

Smaby Named Captain at UND

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According to the [url=http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/colleges/university_of_north_dakota/12819553.htm][i]Grand Forks Herald[/i] [/url], University of North Dakota defenseman Matt Smaby was named team captain by his teammates this week. "I think he's a guy who has a natural presence to him," Coach Dave Hakstol told [i]The Herald[/i]. "I think this is good timing for this kind of a step for him. He's been a leader on teams before and I think he's ready to be a captain at this level."

Rogers Gets Assist in First Game Back

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Fresh off signing a professional contract and giving the Lightning a glimpse of their possible future shut-down defenseman, Andy Rogers returned to the Prince George lineup Tuesday night and promptly notched a power play assist in a 4-1 Cougars win over Kamloops. Rogers, who scored 2-9-11 last year in 48 games with Prince George and Calgary, got the second assist on the fourth Cougar goal. In other action Tuesday night, Vladamir Mihalik and the Red Deer Rebels beat Swift Current 2-1 in a shootout for their second victory of the year. Mihalik had an even rating for the game.

Falcons Sign Bombardir to PTO

The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of defenseman Brad Bombardir to a professional tryout contract. The long time New Jersey Devil and Minnesota Wild alum brings a considerable amount of professional experience to the team with 356 games of NHL service to his credit. By inking the stay-at-home defenseman, the Falcons' roster has ballooned to 25 players, 9 of whom now are defensemen. The Falcons' season begins Saturday against the Portland Pirates.
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