Chicago Express 4 @ Florida Everblades 1
The Florida Everblades made history Friday night, but not the way they wanted. The 'Blades dropped their season opener 4-1 to the Chicago Express, who was playing their inaugural game. Florida will now enter the Express record books as Chicago's first victim. The Express had four goals on Carolina prospect John Muse before the end of the second period. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle is supposed to get the nod Saturday. The Everblades got their first goal of the season in the third period by former Windsor Spitfire Justin Shugg, a Carolina Hurricanes draft pick. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos, the reigning QMJHL scoring champ, did not register a point for Florida. The teams play again Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Alex Hutchings and goaltender Pat Nagle to the ECHL's Florida Everblades today. In addition, the Lightning's to affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, assigned forward Philip-Michael Devos to the Everblades. These moves were announced today by Admirals General Manager Julien BriseBois.
Hutchings (pictured) spent most of last season with the Everblades after nearly hitting 50 goals his final year of junior hockey with OHL Barrie. In his first year pro, Hutchings had 13 goals and 26 points in 51 ECHL games. He added three points in four playoff games with Florida, and was scoreless in his only appearance with the Admirals.
Dustin Tokarski spent the first weekend of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2011 training camp in a nice new Lightning cap and standard-issue Lightning shorts and t-shirt, standing at the glass watching his teammates make their impressions on Lightning management. An abdominal injury kept Tokarski out of the Coral Springs rookie tournament, and now the highly competitive start of training camp.
Things started looking up for the former Memorial Cup MVP Wednesday as the Tampa Tribune reported the two MRIs done on Tokarski revealed no damage. He was back on the ice Wednesday morning.
And just in time.
(Tampa Bay Lightning press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning will open their 2011 Rookie Camp with fitness testing and physicals at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum on Friday, September 9, the team announced today. The prospects will hit the ice in Brandon the following day, Saturday, September 10.
For the first time in franchise history the Lightning prospects will travel to the Saveology.com Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida for a three-team rookie tournament which begins Sunday, September 11. The tournament will also feature prospects from the Florida Panthers and
Nashville Predators. The camp and tournament schedule is as follows:
Kelly Cup Playoffs â€“ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
No.6 Florida Everblades 3 @ No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 5
Kalamazoo wins best of five series 3-1
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM
Floridaâ€™s season came to an end Saturday with a 5-3 loss to Kalamazoo. The K-Wings won the series three games to one. The â€˜Blades fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3 midway through the third period, but Kalamazoo scored the game winner less than two minutes later then added an empty net goal. Hutchingsâ€™ first pro season comes to an end with a solid postseason showing where he finished second on the team in points. The former Barrie Colt will go into next year hoping to earn a spot on AHL Norfolkâ€™s roster.