Game Night Results

  • 5 years 36 weeks ago

    Canada 3 @ Russia 2

    D Nikita Nesterov, RUS: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
    D Artem Sergeev, RUS: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    G Andrei Vasilevski, RUS: Loss, 25 saves on 28 shots

    An All-Star team of Canadian juniors defeated a similar group of Russian juniors 3-2 today in Game 1 of the four-game Canada-Russia Challenge. Three Lightning prospects played in the match, including new prospects Andrei Vasilevski – a first round pick of Tampa Bay in June – and recent free agent signee Artem Sergeev. Vasilevski allowed three goals – all in the second period – including a wrist shot by likely 2013 top-10 pick Sean Monahan. According to the TSN Radio broadcast, Vasilevski (pictured at the Lightning's prospect camp) came up with several big saves in the third period to keep Russia in the game at 3-1, then 3-2. Nail Yakupov, the top pick in the 2012 draft, scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period to cut Canada’s lead to one goal. The Oilers pick one-timed a shot from the circle off of a feed from Sergeev. Nesterov also saw power play time for Russia.

    The game-winning goal was scored by Bruins prospect Dougie Hamilton, who’s shot from the point got by a screened Vasilevski.

    Cody Nickolet, a WHL reporter, singled out Sergeev and Nesterov as having impressive games. He said Vasilevski was good, but “could have had a couple of those goals” and was outplayed by Canada’s Malcolm Subban (Bruins) in the game.

    Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects and The Hockey Writers said Vasilevski had an average showing and consistency remains an issue for the first goalie taken in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

    The game was played in Yaroslavl, site of last year’s deadly airline crash that killed 44 players and coaches from Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL. Friday’s Game 2 will also be played in Yaroslavl before Games 3 and 4 are held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next week.

    The series is being played as a tribute to the Lokomotiv club. It also marks the 40th anniversary of the famed Canada-Russia Summit Series of 1972. Lightning founder Phil Esposito, a member of Canada’s ’72 squad, is reportedly on the trip with Team Canada this year.

    (Eric DuBose photo)

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    Not just 2011-2012 Calder Cup Champions, but arguably the greatest single-season team in AHL history.

    NOR-6
    TOR-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 19 shots for the clinching victory. As with most of the last 2 rounds, he didn't have a huge volume of work, but he made saves when called upon. Some felt he might've received a minor snub by not getting MVP after going 12-2-0 with 3 shutouts, a 1.46 GAA, and a .944 save percentage. I think they got it right making Alexandre Picard the playoff MVP, but it should be noted that Tokarski's numbers in the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals are surreal. 8-0, 3 shutouts, and he only allowed 6 goals in those 8 games. The guy came to the Lightning with a reputation of being a big timer when the game's get important. He lived up to his reputation in this postseason.

    First Period
    NOR Panik, (5) (Johnson, Conacher), 6:17
    TOR Zigomanis, (4) (Colborne, Lashoff), 19:43 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Kostka, (5) (Palat, Conacher), 4:26
    NOR Johnson, (5) (Killorn, Aulie), 16:45

    Third Period
    NOR Kostka, (6) (Conacher, Johnson), 0:44 (PP)
    NOR Johnson, (6) (Cote, Conacher), 12:35 (EN)
    NOR Labrie, (5) (Ouellet, Smith), 13:33

    Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars, but you couldn't swing a stick without hitting a hero in that Admirals lineup tonight. They really did save one of their best all-around games for last in taking this Game Four, championship clinching victory.

    Richard Panik got it off to a good start with the opening goal. The Panik attack used his speed to undress Simon Gysbers wide and got a bounce off a defender on a centering feed to Johnson for the opening marker, which really helped take Toronto's crown out of the game. Panik ended up getting kicked out of the game late in the First Period on what I felt was a dubious call. Yes, he swung his elbow blindly trying to create space for himself making a play near his own blueline, but it looked like his shoulder was what actually made contact with the Marlies' player's chin. Nonetheless, I think you could make a strong argument that Panik was Norfolk's best player in Game Three and the First Period of Game Four. He's dynamic, and you have to be excited about the player he's becoming.

    A 5-on-3 goal kept Toronto alive, barely, but Norfolk really turned it up in the Second Period. Ondrej Palat showed nice vision on a beautiful feed from out of the corner to the left point to Mike Kostka for the eventual game winner. Palat's just a great stick handler and passer, and he's gone from a longshot signed for AHL depth to becoming a legitimate NHL prospect. I'm so impressed with Ondrej Palat and what he did from about the midpoint of the regular season on. And Kostka ended up being the hero in the Toronto series, as a whole, but that goal was illustrative of one of the aspects of Norfolk's game that makes them so good. Their points are so mobile and they use them so well 5-on-5 in the offensive zone. I'd really love to see a day where the Lightning had the personnel to play this style.

    Johnson got the big goal last in the Second Period off a magnificent play by Alex Killorn. Killorn made a nice little stickhandling move to get through a defender in the high right wing of the zone and fired a very sharp pass to Johnson in the left wing circle. Johnson was stopped on a quick shot but banked the rebound off Scrivens and in from below the goal line. Nice job to stick with it by Johnson, and a magnificent play by Killorn.

    From there, Norfolk pretty much ended it with a 5-on-3 goal of their own early in the Third Period. Cory Conacher had his 3rd of 4 assists in the game pushing a puck back to the right point while he was down on the ice for another Mike Kostka bullet, and it was about over. Conacher sent Johnson off to a 1-on-1 skate race for an empty netter with about 7 1/2 minutes left to go, and Johnson's not going to lose that race, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, my guy, buried one shortly thereafter past Scrivens to complete the rout.

    The victory should place the Norfolk Admirals near the top in terms of the greatest single-season teams in AHL history. Between the regular season and playoffs they won 70 of the 94 games they played including the final 28 games of their regular season and their final 10 games of the postseason, which included sweeps of the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals. They had the AHL's best offensive production in the regular season and the third best defense, and in the postseason they allowed a league best 1.67 goals a game.

    The gold standard in the AHL, entering this year, was considered to be Hershey's team from two years ago that had a stunning +144 regular season goal differential and set the AHL record for regular season wins. That Hershey team, like the Admirals, was tops in the regular season in offense and third in defense. Norfolk only had a modest +93 regular season goal differential, mind you, but Hershey's team lost 5 games in the playoffs, whereas Norfolk only lost 3. Where I think the Admirals can make the argument for being the best AHL team of all-time is with their 28 game regular season winning streak record and their 10 game win streak to end the postseason, including sweeping the Eastern Conference and Calder Cup Finals. Note that they never trailed a series in the playoffs and they never came close to facing elimination. The outcome was never really in doubt, for anyone who watched this team and knew what they were capable of. Only a rash of a half dozen injuries and/or a world class goaltending hot streak was going to stop them, and even Pasquale and Scrivens' great goaltending in the last 2 series couldn't stop the inevitable. Norfolk's final loss of the regular season was on the day of the Super Bowl against the Springfield Falcons. From that point on, they posted a mind-blowing 43-3 record, between the regular season and playoffs. If the .745 overall winning percentage didn't do it for you, maybe the .935 winning percentage in the last 46 does.

    And, if anybody's thinking this is a team built with high draft picks, they're wrong. Picard was the only first round selection on the team, and Panik and Scott Jackson, who returned tonight after missing 2-1/2 weeks from a puck to the head, were the only second rounders, and Jackson wasn't signed and had to latch on with the Lightning as a free agent. Beyond that, the team you saw on the ice today included 5 guys who were taken in rounds 5 through 9 and 7 guys who were undrafted free agents. That all underlines the job that the Lightning organization (past and present) did in identifying this talent, especially current Lightning Assistant GM and Admirals GM Julien BriseBois, and the unbelievable job The Rookie Whisperer, Jon Cooper, did this season. Cooper, despite this being only his 2nd season in professional hockey, may already lay claim on his resume to one of the greatest coaching jobs in AHL history. My only hope is that some other organization doesn't come poach him from the Lightning.

    Top to bottom, it was just a special time these past 4-5 months during the streak and the playoffs, and a special team that came together from humble beginnings to achieve pure greatness. I was going to write a special post to the site after the Admirals broke the win streak record, but I didn't want to put a point on it until the streak was over. Problem is, this team just wouldn't lose, and by the time it got to the playoffs it felt inappropriate to try to ground anything in historic perspective with so much still left to be done. That's the amazing quality of this team. They're winners, and they're winners in whatever style of hockey you want to play. The first half of their streak they were blowing teams out with their speed and their skill, and the second half of the streak they were winning close games and many times having to play from 1-2 goals behind. Entering the playoffs teams might've thought they were soft. Nope. Like I said after Game One, this team has jam in every flavor. I giggled on the inside when Brian Burke complained today he didn't like how Scrivens was getting bumped and run by the Admirals going so hard to the net. They bullied an organization run by a guy who believes in bully hockey. Other teams may have believed that a team with that much offense couldn't win tight checking games. But, look back on the last two series and you'll see the close games where Norfolk triumphed. Game Two against St. John's was a 3-1 win with an empty netter. Game Three a 1-0 overtime victory. Game One against Toronto, again, a 3-1 win with an empty netter. Game Three, another 1-0 overtime win. Whatever style you wanted to play, the Admirals would beat you. Physical? They'd bloody your nose. Track meet? They'd skate you right out of the barn. Clutch and grab tight checking? They'd beat you 1-0, 2-1. No problem. I've never seen a team like this in my life, and I'm fairly certain I never will again, and it was a privilege for me to get to write about them all year long.

    They certainly finished the drill.

    I will, hopefully, try to write a separate story about how this fits into the context of the Lightning development system's emergence from the painful first steps in Springfield in 2004-2005 during the strike season, pretty soon. For now, though, as you can imagine it's something pretty incredible for me to have had the opportunity to witness things going from that point 8 seasons ago to being at the top of the world with championships at both the AHL and ECHL level and a solid claim to all-time greatness at the highest level of minor league hockey. The journey makes reaching the destination all the more sweeter, and the future looks so incredibly bright.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 45 weeks ago

    The hockey gods have spoken.

    NOR-1
    TOR-0 (OT)

    Norfolk Leads the Series 3-0

    Dustin Tokarski stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout victory, his 3rd of the postseason. He had long stretches of inactivity and then had to deal with some difficult chances, because a lot of what Toronto does is below the goal line using their size. He's now 11-2-0 with 3 shutouts, a 1.49 GAA, and a .944 save percentage in the postseason. The big thing is, he's gotten better as the games have gotten bigger. He's only allowed 5 goals in the 7 games, thus far, of the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals. The defense in front of him has been exemplary, but he's made big saves when necessary.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NOR Kostka, (4) , 9:09

    Mike Kostka and Tokarski were the game's second and third stars.

    I could live another 100 years and I'll never see another game that important end on a play that fluky. You just witnessed once-in-a-lifetime, folks. For those who didn't see it, Mike Kostka tried to make a dump-in from the red line that hopped off the right wing boards in the Toronto zone, Scrivens departed his net to try to play the puck behind his cage, and the puck took a weird bounce straight off the glass and made a bee line right into the net. Unbelievable. Norfolk deserved to win this game. They hit three posts (actually four, because TJ had a double-poster) and really had Toronto on their heels most of the contest. But it almost seems like stealing to win it this way. Clearly, the hockey gods have selected their club in this series. When things like that happen, it's hard not to think you have the mantle of team of destiny.

    I was really impressed by the play of Richard Panik tonight, as well as Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej Palat. The future is bright.

    Norfolk goes for the Cup clincher Saturday at 3 pm. As with tonight, all games from here on out will be televised on CBS Sports Network from the LeafsTV feed. If there's a Game Five, it'll be Sunday at 3 pm. At this stage, as deflating as that loss must've been for the Marlies, I would be surprised if there's another game in Norfolk this season.

    I think you're going to see Norfolk stamp its claim as one of the greatest single season teams ever in AHL history this weekend. Ever. Between the regular season streak and the way they've been so good defensively in the postseason and, so far, unblemished in the Eastern Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals, they belong in the conversation. On paper, you'd probably have to say that Hershey team from a couple of years ago is the front runner for that title, but this Admirals team has done/is doing some things not even that loaded Bears team could do. It's going to be interesting to see how this group gets put in historical perspective.

    Note, the mere fact I just typed that considering Jon Cooper's only in his second year as a professional coach and there were 6 rookies in the lineup tonight for Norfolk, many of which were Norfolk's best players, speaks volumes about how special this group is and how exciting the coming years are going to be for Lightning fans as these young men continue to grow up and make their bids to be NHLers. Imagine, these guys are going to be added to the likes of Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman. Kind of makes you smile inside, doesn't it?

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 46 weeks ago

    This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions.

    We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

    This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Dustin Tokarski, Norfolk Admirals (AHL).

    Tokarski is the Star of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks after the goaltender backstopped the Norfolk Admirals to a 2-0 lead over Toronto in the Calder Cup finals last weekend.

  • 5 years 46 weeks ago

    Once again, Norfolk finds themselves playing with the house's money as they head out for the road portion of this series.

    TOR-2
    NOR-4

    Norfolk Leads the Series 2-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. It's the first time since the Connecticut series in the Eastern Conference Semis that the Admirals allowed more than 1 goal in a game, and Toronto's second goal came late in the Third Period in garbage time after falling 3 goals behind.

    First Period
    NOR Panik, (4) (Oberg), 14:38
    TOR Colborne, (2) (Gardiner, Lashoff), 18:20 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Picard, (9) (Angelidis, Oberg), 15:17

    Third Period
    NOR Segal, (5) (Angelidis, Aulie), 8:26
    NOR Smith, (5) (Panik, Aulie), 15:52
    TOR Mikus, (1) (Ashton, Dupuis), 19:17

    Mike Angelidis, Richard Panik, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Of note: it's an almost completely fresh slate of offensive heroes for Norfolk in this game. Panik attack, y'all.

    The one constant through two games has been the goal scoring exploits of Brandon Segal, A Dangerous Man.

    The 2-3-2 playoff format stinks if you stub your toe as the home team in the first 2 games. But, if you hold serve, you're in excellent position. All Norfolk has to do is win 1 of 3 on the road to guarantee 2 shots at hoisting the trophy on home ice. I would have to like the Admirals' odds in that scenario. Beat Toronto twice and you get to skate the trophy in their barn, giving Don Cherry a mild stroke in the process.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 46 weeks ago

    Stat of the night: the winner of Game One in the Calder Cup Finals has gone on to hoist the championship 74.9% of the time.

    TOR-1
    NOR-3

    Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the victory. He came within an eyelash of setting an all-time AHL playoff shutout streak record. Norfolk's playing a championship brand of defense right now. They're not allowing a lot of chances and the few times they do, they're getting the timely save from Tic. If they keep playing defense like they have since they tightened up at the end of the Connecticut series in the Eastern Semis, it's hard to imagine they can lose a 7 game series.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (2) (Johnson, Oberg), 12:21

    Second Period
    NOR Johnson, (4) (Barberio, Conacher), 10:03 (PP)

    Third Period
    TOR Ashton, (1) (Scott, Gardiner), 3:57
    NOR Segal, (4) (Smith, Gudas), 19:31 (EN)

    Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. When the chips are down, you need your best players to be your best players. Conacher was the best player in the league the first half of the AHL regular season and TJ was probably the best in the second half, but neither has really had a dominant playoffs. Tonight they stepped up at the time when they were needed to put their club over the top.

    Brandon Segal, with the empty netter, threw the Kill Switch on Toronto's Game One comeback hopes.

    Looking deeper into the box score there's some interesting nuggets to consider going into Game Two. Norfolk outshot Toronto a very impressive 42-24 in the game, as Toronto struggled with the speed and tenacity that have really been the cornerstones of Norfolk's game this year. But, Norfolk allowed Toronto 10 power plays to the Admirals' 5, which is unacceptable. Then again, that kind of puts the quality of Norfolk's night defensively into even better perspective. If you allow an 10-5 PP disparity and still outshoot your opponents 42-24, that says something.

    I suspect Norfolk wanted to set a tone with the machismo tonight against a Brian Burke led Toronto organization that prides themselves on being able to bloody their opponents' noses. Norfolk does have some guys on their roster who are speedsters who are on the slight side, and an uninformed scouting report might say to try to push them around. This Admirals team has relished the physical challenge all year, though. They don't care if the Marlies have Don Cherry's endorsement, and while they do have a few guys who are small speedsters with skill, it would be incredibly foolish to think they can't handle their business when called upon. They've got jam in every flavor. Norfolk probably got a little overzealous in that respect, though, and I suspect that, with the point proven, Jon Cooper's going to reel his boys in. Tomorrow night's going to be a huge game for Norfolk, because you want to head into Toronto with the luxury of really only having to win 1 of 3 in Toronto before, if necessary, going back to Scope for Game Six and Game Seven. They can make their lives a lot easier and go a long way toward finishing the drill, overall, by focusing in and getting this big Game Two "W" tomorrow night.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Shawinigan Cataractes 2 vs London Knights 1 (OT)

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 4 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 19 GP, 4-14-18, +10, 18 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Shawinigan won the Memorial Cup for the first time in their history (43 years) when undrafted Russian import player Anton Zlobin, a 40-goal scorer in the regular season, scored late in the first overtime for the Cats. It was Zlobin’s second goal of the game. He will re-enter the draft this year.

    Columbus prospect Michael Chaput, a former Flyers draft pick acquired in a trade, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Lightning prospects Brad Richards and Dustin Tokarski have won it in the past.

    Shawinigan was only the second team to win the tiebreaker, semifinals, and finals en route to the championship (Windsor Spitfires).

    Current Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov was involved in three prime scoring chances, including one in overtime when he was stationed at the side of the net and he had the puck bounce over his stick. Earlier in the game he set up longtime linemate and former Lightning camper Seth Griffith for a nifty one timer that was saved. Namestnikov used his speed to chase down Coyotes first rounder Brandon Gormley, but instead of beating him to the puck he faked like he was going to challenge for the puck from the inside, then darted around him to the outside, lifted Gormley’s stick, stole the puck, pivoted, and found a trailing Griffith for the shot.

    Early in the third period Namestnikov was the victim of a late hit and he hit the boards hard – possibly his head. He remained on the ice for a few minutes before being escorted to the bench by a trainer. He was out on the power play seconds later, but had a bad giveaway then looked shaky on his skates as he prevented a scoring chance at the other end of the rink. He didn’t see the ice again until overtime, and he didn’t look like himself in the extra session.

    Next year Namestnikov will be in the AHL or back in the Ontario Hockey League. His skill set, speed, and vision project as first-line quality, but his frame is slender and he will be knocked around easily at the NHL level. Plus, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman likes his prospects to patiently develop if the situation allows it. Namestnikov is already signed to an NHL contract. He has a long offseason of weight training ahead of him.

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 7

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (holding), 0 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 8 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Two days after defeating the Cataractes, 4-1, the Sea Dogs were upset by Shawinigan, 7-4, to end their season and their reign as Memorial Cup champions. Shawinigan advanced to the Memorial Cup finals to play Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov and London on Sunday. Danick Gauthier was scoreless in the game and took a holding penalty in the third period when Saint John was battling back for a tie against a rested team energized by a deafening crowd.

    While Saint John was winning their second straight QMJHL championship, Shawinigan was resting and practicing after getting knocked out of the postseason in the second round by Chicoutimi. Nevertheless, as hosts, they are included in the Memorial Cup tournament, and became the 8th host of the last 9 to make the finals. Two have won.

    Shawinigan’s game winning goal came with just over six minutes left in the game from Yannick Veilleux (Blues), who tipped a Morgan Ellis (Canadiens) point shot past Blue Jackets prospect Mathieu Corbeil. They added two empty net goals in the closing minutes.

    As for Gauthier, he is signed to an NHL contract which will begin next year when he takes his spot in the Lightning system, likely in the AHL.

    Congratulations to Gauthier for a career-season and to the Sea Dogs for a remarkable run as defending Memorial Cup champs.

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup

    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 1

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +2, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing), 3 Hits
    MemCup Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 6 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-8-21, +12, 28 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Saint John won for the second straight game to earn a spot in the Memorial Cup semifinals on Friday. Ryan Tesink (Blues) had a goal and was named first star and Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier assisted on an empty net goal by Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) help the Sea Dogs to the win. Thanks to Saint John’s win, London and Bolt prospect Vladislav Namestnikov earn an automatic berth in the finals on Sunday.

  • 5 years 47 weeks ago

    (W3) Las Vegas Wranglers 2 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3 (OT)
    Kelly Cup Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 11 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 5 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 11 PIM (tripping, fighting, roughing)
    Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 2-9-11, +10, 51 PIM
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-7-10, +2, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    Champions!

    Florida won their first Kelly Cup championship on Wednesday night when rookie Brandon MacLean scored early in overtime on a two-on-one to defeat the Las Vegas Wranglers, 3-2. MacLean is a former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound who recently completed four years at Carleton University in Canada. He only played 13 regular season games for the ‘Blades.

    Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but eventually allowed Las Vegas to tie the game in the third period before MacLean played hero. Former Lightning draft pick and current Norfolk Admirals property Kevin Quick had a strong defensive play in overtime that eventually led to the winning goal. Lightning prospect Charles Landry played at least one shift in overtime and Sebastien Piche was among the top minute eaters for the ‘Blades all night on the blueline.

    The Everblades had made the finals two previous times, but this is their first championship. Carolina prospect John Muse, who stopped 41 of 43 shots to get the win in Game 5, was named playoff MVP. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle filled in for him against Elmira and played well, including earning two shutouts. He played twice against Kalamazoo, winning Game 1, but dropping Game 2. He was replaced by Muse in Game 3.

    Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings was an alternate captain for much of the season for Florida, but earned a promotion to AHL Norfolk and has been with the Admirals for the last few months.

    Congratulations to the Florida Everblades, 2011-2012 Kelly Cup Champions.

    (Woody Wommack/Naples News photo)

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