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Rogers Remains Day-to-Day with Ankle Injury

The Prince George Cougars have confirmed that defenseman Andy Rogers is day-to-day with an ankle injury. Rogers, who nearly made the Lightning out of camp in September and was subsequently signed to a pro contract, has missed the Cougars' last six games. He has three assists in seven games played this year. Rogers missed several games last year for Calgary with a minor ankle injury. This injury could affect his participation in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Rogers was named to Team WHL for the game against Russia in Regina on December 1. He was not named to the WHL squad that will play the Russians in Saskatoon November 30.

CHL Update

Lightning CHL prospects had a mediocre weekend this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as only one prospect made a lot of noise. Stan Lascek had a first star, five-point (1+4) night for Chicoutimi against P.E.I. on Saturday. Lascek’s point streak now stands at 11 games. Weekend Wrap-Up: QMJHL As mentioned, [b]Stanislav Lascek[/b] had a goal and four assists to pace Chicoutimi to a 5-2 win over P.E.I. Saturday. He was also plus-two for the game and had a two minute minor penalty. On Friday night, Lascek and the Sagueneens took on Lightning prospect Mark Tobin and the struggling Rimouski Oceanic. Lascek had two assists as Chicoutimi won 5-0. He also had six shots on goal. He is second in the QMJHL in scoring, two points behind teammate Maxime Boisclair. Six of Lascek’s 16 goals have come on the powerplay. Three others were scored shorthanded. Chicoutimi is just two points behind Division-leading Rouyn-Noranda with two games in hand.

TSN: Eklund Starts Tonight

TSN.ca is reporting that Brian Eklund [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=10460&hubname=]will make his first NHL start tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.[/url] The former 2000 7th round pick was called up last week when Sean Burke strained his groin in a practice session and rumors abound that starter John Grahame may also be ailing, prompting this decision.

Falcons/Lightning Looking to Extend Affiliation

According to the Springfield Republican, Falcons GM/Owner Bruce Landon is preparing to fly to Tampa in early December to hammer out a long term extention for the single affiliation agreement the team has with the Tampa Bay Lightning through the year 2010. The deal would coincide with the length of time left on the Falcons' lease with the newly rennovated Mass Mutual Center. The two organization's current affiliation agreement expires this summer.

Game Night 11/6: Wolf Pack at Falcons

It was a tough spot to be in as a team. The Falcons were playing their third game in three nights and their fourth without starting netminder Brian Eklund who was still up with the Lightning. Something had to give... I just had hoped it wouldn't be against a division opponent the Falcons were tied with in 1st in the division. But the dam finally broke in the third period. HFD-5 SPR-3 Rookie Gerald Coleman took the loss stopping 24 of 28 shots. The positives: Jason Jaspers continued the season of his lifetime with a goal and an assist and Zbynek Hrdel notched his first AHL point. Still, the hope has to be that by next weekend the callup situation will be resolved and possibly Eklund and one or two of the forwards will be back with the team. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001185]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Holmqvist/Olvestad Score in LHC/DIF Slugfest

Andreas Holmqvist scored a goal today in Linkopings' 4-3 OT loss to Djurgardens in Elitserien action. Djurgardens was led by winger Jimmie Olvestad who had a helper and scored the winning goal. Netminder Fredrik Norrena had the day off.

Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Leafs

Ironically, the last game the Lightning played pretty well until the 3rd. Tonight they didn't really seem to show up until the final frame. No, wait, that's not ironic. It just plain sucks. TB-3 TOR-5 Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020209.HTM]NHL.com.[/url] [b]Update 10:08 PM:[/b] In fairness, I should've put my disgust at the final outcome aside and mentioned Evgeny Artyukhin's first NHL goal and the 12:41 of ice time he played tonight. It appears to me R2 may be up to stay. 15:35 and +1 for Ranger, the only plus player on the night. 8 shifts for 5:42 for Tarnasky with his first NHL point, a helper on R2's goal.

Game Night 11/5: Nailers at Chiefs

This is just a bad team right now. WHE-4 JHN-2 No scoring by any Lightning prospects. David Currie's ordeal with Jonathan Boutin still in Springfield continues. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2327]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/5: Falcons at Bears

To go into Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton and Hershey on back to back nights and steal 3 out of 4 points is outstanding. Period. SPR-2 HER-3 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 50 of 52 shots faced. [b]50 saves[/b] in his AHL debut. That's not a typo. And he had an assist on top of that. That's not a typo either. Rightfully he earned #1 star of the game even in a shootout defeat. It's a shame he couldn't make that one more save late in the 3rd period or that the Falcons' final three shooters in the shootout couldn't get that one more talley for the rookie. The irony is that if this game was played under the NHL's shootout rules, Boutin wins. Ryan Vesce was outstanding again with two goals in regulation and he scored in the shootout for Springfield as well. The rookie now has 4 goals and 10 points in 10 games and it may well be time for the Lightning to consider purchasing his contract from the Falcons and making him officially a member of the Lightning family. Just my opinion. Game sheet can be found at [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001171]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Back Up and Running

I apologize to all who tried to access the site over the last 36 hours while we were down. Last I heard from Tim, we were having some hardware issues in Bolt Prospects Tower, Nashville. So what'd we miss in the mean time? -The Lightning [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020194.HTM]took a road loss in Ottawa 4-2[/url] in a game where I thought they played a decent road game for 45 minutes only to come unraveled at the end. -Zbynek Hrdel [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2806.shtml]was recalled by the Falcons[/url] from Johnstown after Adam Henrich was benched for two periods in Springfield's Wednesday victory over Albany. In other news from Johnstown, Mike Egener was slated to play in Friday's game against Trenton after leaving the previous game against Toledo with an undisclosed injury. -Vasily Koshechkin notched another shutout Friday with a 2-0 victory over Dynamo, his 6th of the season. The shutout was Koshechkin's 6th in 9 games and improved his record to 7-2-1 since becoming the starter for Lada Togliatti. -Springfield [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001164]defeated Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton 4-3[/url] on the strength of a Doug O'Brien overtime winning goal. Marek Kvapil had 2 assists in the contest and Gerald Coleman stopped 37 of 40 for the win. -The Johnstown Chiefs are still looking for their first victory of the season after dropping [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2320]a shootout loss in Trenton 3-2.[/url]
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