Beech Wins Two at Four-Nations

Riku Helenius wasn't the only Lightning prospect playing in a 4-Nations tournament recently. The Sudbury Wolves, led by goaltender Kevin Beech, won three of three over the past week as Sudbury beat Poland's JKH Black Hawks, the Czech Republic's HC Vitkovice, and Russia's Moscow Dynamo. Beech stopped 21 of 22 shots on August 31 as Sudbury topped JKH 6-1. Lightning prospect camp attendee John D'Aversa scored a power play goal for the Wolves in the game. On Friday, September 1, rookie goaltender Michael Swick was in net as the Wolves beat HC Vitkovice 4-2. Sudbury finished the tournament undefeated as Beech rebounded from a rough start to beat a veteran Moscow Dynamo club 7-3 on September 2. After letting in two goals in the game's first three minutes, Beech allowed only one more the rest of the way, stopping 32 of 35 total shots for his second win. Sudbury scored six power play goals in the game. Ottawa Senators draft pick Nick Foligno was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

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I presume this was against

I presume this was against Dynamo's farm team and Vitkovice's J20 junior team. I feel bad for Beech. Any other year he'd be a shoo in for a contract. He's got to contend with Ramo, Coleman and Boutin already under contract, Koshechkin possibly coming in next summer and Helenius the summer after that.

Re: Pete's first comment.

Maybe he could be included as a sweetener in a mid-season trade with a team lacking goaltending(prospect) depth. It'll work out best for both teams. He won't have to re-enter the draft, and the Lightning won't be cutting him loose for nothing.

That's what I thought...

... although I did some more digging (original info off of Wolves team site)... but found this: http://www.northernlife.ca/News/Sports/2006/09-05-06-wolves_europeTOP.asp?NLStory=09-05-06-wolves_europeTOP ... which says Dynamo of the RSL. The Wolves site just said "veteran team" when referring to Dynamo.

I Still Don't Buy That

There's no way they beat the Moscow Dynamo Superleague team 7-3. Dynamo-2, their farm league team or one of the junior teams from Dynamo's hockey school? Yeah, I could buy that.

don't shoot...

... the messenger. I figured there was some kind of mess-up.

There is a huge difference

There is a huge difference between how hockey in Europe, and in particular Russia, is structured and how it is in North America. It's an easy thing for a reporter to confuse.

I checked Dynamo's website

I checked Dynamo's website and there is no mention of the game. The player mentioned on the Sudbury site is not listed on Dynamo's Superleague roster. I'm pretty sure they played Dynamo-2 or one of Dynamo's hockey school's teams.

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