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Silver Lining

If you're looking for a silver lining tonight after the disgraceful effort against the Panthers, and you're looking to the junior ranks to deliver it, Radek Smolenak has you covered with the Gordie Howe hat trick in Kingston's 7-2 pole axing of Brampton. The 2005 third round draft choice now has 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points and 19 PIMs in 7 games for the Frontenacs. He has managed a point in each of his last 6 games.

Chiefs Camp Opens Sunday

One of the reasons the Springfield Falcons haven't been in much of a hurry to sort out its roster which currently has a glut at the defenseman and goaltending positions is because the organization's ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs, has yet to officially open camp. [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/pressreleases/2005/10oct/06.htm]That all changes Sunday[/url] as Lightning prospects like Jonathan Boutin and Jay Rosehill will get their first taste of the Lightning's "AA" affiliate. The team will play an intrasquad scrimmage on October 12th at home before travelling to Greensburg, PA on the 13th for a preseason game against Wheeling. The preseason schedule will draw to a close the 15th when they square off with the Nailers again in Wheeling before the puck drops on their 2005-2006 regular season against Reading on the 22nd.

Game Night 10/7: Lightning at Panthers

TB-0 FLA-2 A revolting lack of effort by the top lines [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020023.HTM]left John Grahame without any goal support.[/url] Through preseason and now this effort, I believe it's a fair criticism to mention a championship hangover. Timo Helbling finished with an even rating in 12:13 worth of ice time. These two teams square off again tomorrow night. Another effort like this one and expect John Tortorella to lash out with Biblical amounts of wrath.

Russian Superleague Scores

[img]http://www.severstalclub.ru/gallery/albums/upload/10-07-2005/normal_PA070739.jpg[/img] After suffering through a small slump of late, Alexander Polushin scored a 1st period goal today as Cherepovets defeated Ak Bars Kazan 3-2 in overtime. The goal is Polushin's 7th point, which matches his seasons in the Superleague in the injury shortened '03-'04 season and the '04-'05 season with CSKA. Elsewhere, Nikita Alexeev assisted on Kiril Koltsov's game opening goal as Omsk defeated Spartak Moscow 3-0. Also, Alexei Glukhov assisted on Alexei Shkotov's tying goal with 1:40 left in regulation as Khimik defeated Yaroslavl 4-3 in overtime.

Smolenak Scores in Kingston Loss

Radek Smolenak scored his fifth goal of the year Thursday night, but it wasn't enough for Kingston to beat Peterborough. The Frontenacs fell 7-4 to the Petes. Smolenak was minus-two for the game.

Holmqvist Strong in Victory Over MODO

Andreas Holmqvist is finding that his new promotion to the first pairing in Linkopings suits him. After notching his first point of the season in the club's last game, Holmqvist today notched his first goal and first multi-point game as Linkopings defeated MODO 4-1. The defenseman scored a power play goal early in the second period to knot the game at 1-1 and then assisted on Linkopings' final goal, a talley by Jussi Tarvainen, early in the third. Holmqvist now has 3 points in 5 games this season. Goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 24 shots faced to go to a perfect 5-0 on the season.

Lawrence, Keller Continue Streaks

Justin Keller and Chris Lawrence both continued their point streaks in CHL action Wednesday night. Lawrence, a center for Sault Ste. Marie, scored a point in his fifth straight game - an assist in a 4-3 loss to Sarnia. Meanwhile, Justin Keller of the Kelowna Rockets scored a goal in his third straight game as Kelowna shutout Prince Albert 3-0. Keller also had an assist and a plus-one rating for the contest, good enough to be named the game's second star.

Game Night 10/5: Hurricanes at Lightning

CAR-2 TB-5 The Lightning raised the banner, then lowered the boom on the Carolina Hurricanes. A full stat sheet [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020008.HTM]can be found courtesy NHL.com.[/url] Multi-point nights for Prospal, Fedotenko and the timeless Dave Andreychuk. Timo Helbling -1 in 11:59 of ice time in his first NHL game.

Hagglund Finds the Scoresheet

Lightning prospect Johan Hagglund scored his first point of the season today in a 4-1 loss to Rogle BK. The IK Oskarshamn left wing has been primarily playing on the 2nd line for his new club. Hagglund, who was selected in the 4th round in the 2000 draft by the Lightning, played last season with Hammarby which is also in the Swedish Alsvenskan.

Smaby Named Captain at UND

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According to the [url=http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/colleges/university_of_north_dakota/12819553.htm][i]Grand Forks Herald[/i] [/url], University of North Dakota defenseman Matt Smaby was named team captain by his teammates this week. "I think he's a guy who has a natural presence to him," Coach Dave Hakstol told [i]The Herald[/i]. "I think this is good timing for this kind of a step for him. He's been a leader on teams before and I think he's ready to be a captain at this level."
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