Gwinnett Gladiators 2 @ Florida Everblades 3
Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings scored what turned out to be the game winning goal at 14:54 of the second period and fellow Bolt prospect Pat Nagle made it stand up as the Everblades won their season opener over Gwinnett, 3-2. It was the second straight Second Star award for Nagle counting preseason games. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had an assist in the game. Mike McKenzie, son of TSN personality Bob McKenzie, also had an assist for the 'Blades and was Third Star. The two teams play again Saturday night.
Chicago Express 2 @ Florida Everblades 5
Lightning prospect Pat Nagle (pictured with Ferris State) made his long-awaited professional debut and was named Second Star after stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 5-2 Everblades win. Chicagoâ€™s loss was their first in franchise history. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings wasnâ€™t listed in the lineup Saturday. Norfolk Admirals property Philip-Michael Devos had two assists. Carolina prospect Justin Shugg was First Star for scoring two goals.
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.