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Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending November 17 is … Brian Hart, W, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL).

It's not often that the BP POTW award goes to a guy outside of our Top-25 rankings, which makes it extra special for Hart, who's finding his way in his first pro season in an organization with a deep pool of forward prospects.

The Lightning’s 2012 second round selection currently leads the Greenville Swamp Rabbits with 6 goals in 12 games, and all but one of those goals scored on the doorstep of the goal crease. This past weekend he scored twice in three games, including Saturday night's 3rd period game-winner against Adirondack that earned him First Star honors for the game.

Hart was drafted by the Lightning's Amateur Scouting group headed by Al Murray out of the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, then suited up for Harvard a year after Alex Killorn led the Crimson in scoring his senior year. Hart spent the last three years playing for Harvard, earning an ECAC championship with the Crimson last season and signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Lightning on June 28th. Hart's six goals in his first 12 pro games is one shy of his single season best of seven that he scored last year with Harvard.

Liiga Game Day: 11-17-15

Assat 2 vs. KalPa 3 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela assisted on the game opening goal in 19:01 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 win over Assat. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis scored the OT winner for KalPa.

KHL Game Day: 11-17-15

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Sochi 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/31, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-9-5, 0 SO, 2.30 GAA, .917 sv%

Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 3 points to pace Magnitka to a 3-2 win over HC Sochi. Sochi got a goal and an assist from ex-Lightning pick Denis Kazionov, and a helper from his brother (and also an ex-Lightning pick) Dmitri Kazionov in defeat.

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Omsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 5 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-11-21, +10, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 16:35 of ice time as SKA St. Petersburg dropped a 3-1 decision to Avangard Omsk. Ex-Canadiens first rounder Alexander Perezhogin had a goal in the match for Omsk.

NHL Game Night: 11-16-15 Lightning at Panthers

Deeply unjust hockey gods banish Lightning to deep standings hole.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 19 shots for the loss. He looked to me to be very sharp despite limited shots again. Followed the puck really well. I can't fault the kid for a lucky goal that takes a double deflection to get past him.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
3rd Period
19:39 FLA Ekblad (4), (Huberdeau, Jagr)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

Vintage early '00's Panthers hockey. Give up a zillion shots with a collapsing defense and inept offense. Hope Luongo can keep you in the game and smash and grab it at the end. And they did. Disgusting. The Lightning deserved all 4 points from the home-and-home. They ended up getting 1.

On a side note, when is the NHL going to just move that franchise down there? It's bad enough to hold game's in front of a bristling crowd of hundreds, but tonight the ice conditions were as bad as I've seen ever. It looked like the game was being played with a racqetball, to the extend that you had even the most basic puckhandling and passing exercises eluded both teams. It was borderline unwatchable at times, and the league should be embarrassed in that product. If you're not going to make the Panthers invest in the infrastructure to at least make the rink playable the way Tampa Bay has, just quit playing footsie and move them to Quebec City already.

The hole is 5 points. The Lightning got 7 out of the target minimum of 12 points in that 10 game segment of the season. They'll be spending the bulk of the rest of this season trying to climb out of that hole. How bad is it? The Lightning could play at a .700 clip from here on out and it would take them 25 games to catch up with comfortable playoff pace. It's not good. That's why the injustice of these past two games against the Panthers hurts so much. Things went straight to hell in a handbasket, standings-wise, with those two defeats.

Matt Taormina had 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:16. Made some decent plays in limited ice time.

Jonathan Marchessault had 3 shots and 2 hits in 9:11. He rung post on one of the best chances the Lightning had in the game and was fairly active in the offensive zone in his limited ice time. That might've been his best game with the Lightning to date, in fact.

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KHL Game Day: 11-16-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Jokerit 4
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Panthers pick Topi Jaakola and ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen each had 1 goal and 1 assist from the blueline in Jokerit's 4-2 win over Khanty-Mansisysk.

Novgorod 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals:

Carter Ashton had a helper in 16:28 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a goal from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums.

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-15

Ontario Hockey League

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

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-13-23, +14, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto continues to produce, this time notching an assist in a Windsor overtime win. DiGi had the only assist on the overtime-winner. The Spits are seven points up on Sarnia for first in the West Division.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 2 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Coming off a huge win over Sudbury, Peterborough forced overtime with a goal with 1:04 left in regulation, but were outshot 5-0 in the extra session en route to a 2-1 loss to last-place Hamilton.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Atlanta Gladiators 4

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 10 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

As the Greenville special teams go, so goes the Swamp Rabbits. Greenville allowed two power play goals and did not convert any of their extra man situations, dropping a 4-1 road decision to the Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Sunday afternoon. Allen York sat backup all three games, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as head coach Brian Gratz decided to ride Jeff Malcolm all weekend. The Swamp Rabbits have just two games this coming week featuring home tilts against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night and Friday night against cross-state rival the South Carolina Stingrays.

KHL Game Day: 11-15-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Yaroslavl 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.01 GAA, .967 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-9-5, 0 SO, 2.31 GAA, .916 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal and 1 assist in Magnitogorsk's 4-1 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Capitals pick Oskar Osala also chipped in a goal in the win.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-15

Adirondack Thunder 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-0-6, -2, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning prospect Brian Hart earned first star honors Saturday night, scoring the game winner and his team leading sixth goal of the season. A point shot off the end board bounced into his office in the crease, and Hart pushed it past the netminder capping off a Swamp Rabbit two-goal third period rally. Greenville killed off all eight penalties and scored a power play goal of their own. The Swamp Rabbits wrap up their weekend slate with a trip down I-85 for a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Game Night: 11-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 3-6-9, E, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +4, 21 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Thomas Chabot (Senators first rounder) scored on a breakaway in overtime to beat the Mooseheads in Halifax, 3-2.

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 19-15-34, +10, 25 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan is approaching the 20-goal mark for the season. He has at least one goal in three of his last four games. Yan opened the scoring Saturday, but the Cataractes never scored again.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli remains out with an undisclosed injury.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Peterborough Petes 8

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-3-4, +14, 22 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -1, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Dominik Masin (pictured) scored his first goal of the season and the Petes had a 8-2 lead before Sudbury scored twice to end the game.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 18-25-43, +11, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point extended his point streak to eight games in a 4-1 loss to visiting Red Deer. This was Point’s first single-point game of the season. Every other game he’s either been scoreless or registered two or more points.

Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -13, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 8 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

United States Hockey League

Des Moines Buccaneers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham had the night off.

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