ECHL Game Night: 12-7-11
Elmira Jackals 5 @ Florida Everblades 4
With regular No.1 goaltender John Muse called up to Charlotte of the AHL, Florida needed Lightning prospect Pat Nagle to stand tall, but the first year pro had a rough night Wednesday in a home loss to Elmira. Nagle stopped just 14 of 19 shots as Elmira overcame a 3-2 second period deficit to win. He nearly had his second assist in a week when he started a play that ended up in the Everblades' first goal, but unfortunately for him they don't award three assists on each goal.
Former Buffalo Sabres captain Craig Rivet scored his first goal of the season for the Jackals. In a blast from the Lightningâ€™s past, defenseman Mario Laroque â€“ the Lightningâ€™s first round pick in 1996 â€“ had a goal and two assists for Elmira. He spent last year in the Central Hockey League with the Evansville IceMen.
Lightning GM Phil Esposito took Laroque (pictured) 16th overall in the summer of 1996. He made his NHL debut two years later, playing in five games for the Bolts. He would never see NHL ice again and was out of the organization a few years later. Heâ€™s bounced around North America and played a couple years overseas since then. His most successful statistical year was for UHL Fort Wayne in 2006-2007 when he had 67 points (27 goals) in 76 games. Laroque was the first defenseman taken by the Lightning in the first round since they took Roman Hamrlik with the first overall pick in their first draft (1992).