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Juniors Game Night: 9-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph wasted no time getting on the scoresheet this season, scoring just over five minutes into his first game of the season. The primary assist on Joseph’s goal was registered by his Lightning rookie tournament teammate, Boko Imama, who was named an alternate captain for the club. Imama talked at the first intermission to Saint John radio about how much he enjoyed the behind-the-scenes experience at Lightning Camp, specifically how well he was treated and the facilities the club provided the players. The Sea Dogs started 2-2 without their two Lightning prospects.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Guelph Storm 0

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli, an alternate captain with the Gens this season, had a primary power play assist, helping the defending OHL and Memorial Cup champs to a win in their opener.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Windsor played their second overtime game in as many nights, but the result was more positive than Friday against the Otters. DiGiacinto was scoreless in the Spits’ 3-2 win in the Soo.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ North Bay Battalion 1

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough moved to 2-0 on the season, beating the Battalion in North Bay, 4-1. Dominik Masin made his season debut after returning to the Petes from the Lightning’s camp. He went scoreless with two minor penalties. Masin hadn’t played since February.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Kootenay Ice 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas and Calgary opened their seasons with a road win in Kootenay. Thomas missed the prospect tournament with the Lightning with an ankle injury. His assist came on the power play.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 8 saves on 11 shots
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham stopped just 8 of 11 first period shots before being lifted to start the second period.

Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Captain Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Sioux City escaped Fargo with a 4-3 overtime win, scored on a penalty shot by USHL veteran Connor Valesano.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-25-15 Panthers at Lightning

All is right with the world...


Ben Bishop stopped all 18 shots he faced for the win before giving way to Kristers Gudlevskis, who allowed 1 goal on 18 shots the rest of the way. My going theory on the backup job the first two months of the regular season is this: the Lightning would be perfectly comfortable signing Ray Emery, but they'd really prefer to give Gudlevskis the gig. A solid performance like that is very helpful to Gudlevskis' cause.

First Period
12:29 TB Kucherov (1), (Peca, Namestnikov)

Second Period
1:45 TB Condra (1), (Boyle, Erne)
10:59 TB Peca (1), (Callahan, Namestnikov)
12:26 TB Kucherov (2), (Drouin, Stamkos)

Third Period
9:05 FLA Trocheck (1), (Pirri, Jokinen)(PP)

Matthew Peca, Nikita Kucherov, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

The Lightning may only be 1-1-1 through 3 games of the preseason, but I think the organization has to be pretty elated with everything so far, on balance. Emery and Gudlevskis have both played pretty well in their half game auditions and Wilcox showed potential. The younger guys you would hope will step up in Tampa Bay this coming season (Drouin, Namestnikov, Brown, etc.) have all played pretty well. Condra's seemingly fitting in seamlessly in that lower line equation. Key performers who will be counted on to step up for Syracuse this year like Peca are playing well and the wave of young defensemen who will probably start making their way to Tampa the second half of the year like Koekkoek, DeAngelo, Blujus, and Dotchin have all been pretty solid. Other than Sustr's performance in the second preseason game, I'd say the Lightning have checked off a lot on their to-do list thus far.

Mike Angelidis had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot and was 40% on 10 draws in 11:46.

Anthony DeAngelo had 2 penalty minutes in 18:26.

Slater Koekkoek was +3 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 18:21. He'll be in Tampa Bay by the playoff stretch of the season at the latest, in my opinion.

Joel Vermin had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 13:48.

Jake Dotchin was +3 with 2 shots in 18:46.

Peca had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 in 14:09. He also had 3 shots and was perfect on the 2 draws he took. It's an interesting question we've had among the Bolt Prospects staff when it comes to Peca: just how good will he be? I think our minimum expectation, based on his body of work at Quinnipiac, is that he'll be an AHL star (call it the Cory Conacher level), but will he go beyond it to become a smallish NHL star (the Tyler Johnson level)? Only time will tell, but he's had a strong start to this season, which is great to see.

Yanni Gourde had 1 hit in 11:43.

Adam Erne had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 13:25.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 3 hits in 19:41. Team high in shots. Wish I could inject that gene in one or two other Lightning players every season.

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KHL Game Day: 9-25-15

St. Petersburg 6 vs. Jokerit 3
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen did not play for Jokerit in their 6-3 loss to St. Petersburg. Having played sparingly in just 3 games this season, at some point one would hope Salminen will be loaned to a SM-liiga or even a VHL club so he can at least get some ice time to develop this year. SKA St. Petersburg was paced by ex-Panthers pick Evgeny Dadonov's 2 goals and 4 points in the win. They also got a helper from ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin, as well.

Novgorod 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-4-9, +4, 4 PIM

Carter Ashton had minors for hooking and tripping in 15:04 of ice time in Novgorod's big 6-0 drubbing of Yugra. Nikita Gusev was held scoreless in 15:28 of ice time in the defeat. Novgorod goaltender Mikhail Biryukov needed to make just 12 saves to secure the shutout for Novgorod.

Juniors Game Night: 9-24-15

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

No McDavid, no Strome, no problem for Erie. The defending Western Conference champs defeated the Spits in Windsor, 4-3 in a 3 on 3 overtime after tying the game with an extra attacker. Darren Raddysh (undrafted) had the winner. Alternate captain Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless for Windsor after a good showing at the Lightning’s camp.

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough opened their season by hanging on for a 5-4 win over the visiting 67’s. The Petes had a 4-3 lead with under two minutes to go when Spencer, an alternate captain, scored into an empty net from his own end to make it 5-3. Flyers first rounder Travis Konecny scored his second goal of the game with 15 seconds left for Ottawa to make things a little more interesting. Dominik Masin was assigned to Peterborough earlier in the day by Tampa Bay, so he was not available for the season opener. The move by the Lightning ensures ample playing time for Masin this season, which will undoubtedly be his final junior year. Masin was eligible for the AHL this season. He’s coming off surgery in February to repair facial injuries sustained in a Petes game, plus a wrist injury from a bike accident this summer. The Lightning remain high on the former second round pick.

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

The Firebirds (formerly the Plymouth Whalers) made their OHL debut, defeating Saginaw on the road, 3-0, to open both teams’ seasons. Stephens, an alternate captain for the Spirit, is expected to have a breakout year offensively. Zack Bowman (undrafted) had a 23-save shutout for Flint.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-23-15 Lightning at Predators

Overmatched Lightning B squad falls on the road.


Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss before giving way to Allen York at mid-game. York allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
7:47 NSH Neal (1), (Josi, Fiala)
8:40 NSH Weber (1), (Ribeiro, Wilson)(PP)
16:14 NSH Smith (1), (Josi, Bartley)

Second Period
4:31 NSH Smith (2), (Wilson, Ribeiro)
6:39 TB Namestnikov (1), (Blunden, Peca)(PP)
10:14 TB Brown (1), (Tambellini)

Third Period
17:47 NSH Sissons (1), (Arvidsson, Moses)(PP)

I don't want to call this a throw away game, but this was essentially sticking the Palat/Johnson/Kucherov line on a depleted Syracuse Crunch roster and putting them up against darned near all of the Nashville Predators opening night roster. The Preds had about a 4 to 1 experience advantage in the lineup tonight, and it showed in the final score. The good news is the Lightning managed to staunch the bleeding pretty well after it got to 4-0 and got some production from lower line guys like Namestnikov and Brown (good for Tampa Bay) and Blunden, Peca, and Tambellini (good for Syracuse). The only thing that gives me any real pause is Andrej Sustr getting a -3 hung on him, which continues the bleeding from his playoff run of last year.

Tanner Richard had 4 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 14:56. He was also 60% on draws.

Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 3 shots and was 50% on draws in 15:07.

Philippe Paradis was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:12.

Luke Witkowski stayed clean in 19:48 of ice time.

Jake Dotchin fought a Predator and had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:33.

Matthew Peca had a helper and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:02. He only took 2 draws and was 0-for-2.

Dominik Masin was -2 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:45. I'd imagine he's ticketed for Peterborough come tomorrow, but we'll see.

Daniel Walcott had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 18:23. He's becoming a favorite on the website.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes and 5 shots in 21:05. You never have to ask Nesterov to put pucks on net. He starts shooting from the parking lot.

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KHL Game Day: 9-23-15

Dinamo Minsk 0 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisysk, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-4-9, +4, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev notched a power play goal and a minor for tripping in 15:30 of ice time in Yugra's 3-0 win over Minsk. Goaltender Vladislav Fokin stopped all 36 shots he faced for the shutout win. Ex-Predtors pick Konstantin Panov also had a pair of helpers in the win.

Jokerit 4 vs. Bratislava 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Kings pick Brandon Kozun had 3 assists to propel Jokerit to a 4-1 win against Bratislava. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal in defeat for Slovan.

Novgorod 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 4
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 2 PIM

Carter Ashton was -1 in 15:03 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. It was Ashton's first game back in the lineup after missing the past couple of weeks. Ex-Sens pick Dmitry Megalinsky paced Ekaterinburg with 1 goal and 2 points in their win.

Lightning Cut 10 from Camp

The Lightning made their first round of cuts today, with few surprises.

Returned to their junior teams:

Anthony Cirelli, Oshawa (OHL)
Cristiano DiGiacinto, Windsor (OHL)
Boko Imama, Saint John (QMJHL)
Mathieu Joseph, Saint John (QMJHL)
Matt Spencer, Peterborough (OHL)
Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw (OHL)
Ben Thomas, Calgary (WHL)
Dennis Yan, Shawinigan (QMJHL)

Goaltender Philippe Cadorette and defenseman Kevin Gibson were released from their tryouts.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-22-15 Predators at Lightning

Strong 55 minutes of hockey marred by late game collapse.

TB-2 (OT)

Ray Emery stopped all 10 shots he faced before giving way to Adam Wilcox midway through regulation. Wilcox played well for 25 minutes before eventually allowing 3 goals for the OT loss. He stopped 14 of 17 overall on the night. Emery's performance lays down a strong initial claim to the role of Bishop's backup heading into the regular season with Vasilevskiy shelved the first couple of months of the campaign.

First Period

Second Period
2:58 TB Condra (1), (Angelidis, DeAngelo)

Third Period
1:01 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
15:18 NSH Bass (1), (Bourque, Jones)
17:28 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Fiala)

3:50 NSH Ekholm (1), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)

Brayden Point was the game's second star.

Unfortunately, the last 9 minutes or so of hockey kind of overshadowed 55 minutes of hockey where the Lightning accomplished most of what they set out to do tonight. They got good performances from the backup goaltenders. They got Drouin on track early in preseason. They got some good performances from the young players, especially the young defensemen. I think the staff will be happy with the night, on balance, but you want to finish it off and get the result, of course.

Anthony DeAngelo had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:03. They let their young thoroughbreds out for a good long run tonight.

Mike Angelidis had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 11:37. He was also 67% on draws. Productive in his ice time, but that IT was limited because the Lightning know what they have there and the role he's going to be put into. Not a lot of mystery with Angelidis.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 hit and 5 blocked shots in 18:17.

Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 16:03. He was also a very nice 71% on draws. The guy has just gotten universal praise by everyone who has seen him in the last half a year or so.

Joel Vermin had 1 blocked shot in 13:55.

Henri Ikonen had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:35.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 14:11. It says a lot that they gave him a touch more IT than some of the more established prospects who were in Syracuse last season. They obviously have high hopes for Stephens.

Dylan Blujus had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:30. Also hit a crossbar. Nice, well-rounded stat line. Good to see, with a nice chunk of minutes.

Adam Erne was -1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 14:40. Activity is good. Syracuse fans should be excited to get DeAngelo and Erne into the program this season.

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KHL Game Day: 9-22-15

Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Vladivostok 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 35/36, 1.02 GAA, .972 sv%
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-3-4, 0 SO, 1.87 GAA, .932 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin took the hard luck loss after allowing just 1 goal in Magnitogorsk's 2-0 loss to Vladivostok. Ex-Devils pick Niclas Bergfors had the empty netter in the win for Vladivostok.

KHL Game Day: 9-20-15

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-2-4, 0 SO, 1.95 GAA, .927 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped 23 shots in his first start of the year as Magnitka destroyed Novokuznetsk 5-2. Ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa had a goal in defeat for Novokuznetsk.

Khanty-Manisysk 3 vs. Omsk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 18:30 of ice time in Yugra's 3-0 win over Omsk. Veteran netminder Georgi Gelashvili, stopped all 35 shots he faced for the shutout win.

Elsewhere, Carter Ashton remained out of the lineup as Novgorod fell to Yaroslavl 3-1.

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