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Submitted by pete on March 6, 2005 - 12:36
After a sour start to the Junior A playoffs that saw [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_popup.asp?ottelu_id=33339&TID=1451&ilman=true]Karri Ramo drop the first game of the series 7-2[/url], Ramo and Pelicans A struck back today to tie the series at 1-1. Buoyed by a [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_popup.asp?ottelu_id=33343&TID=1451&ilman=true]first star performance that saw Ramo stop 31 of 32 shots, Pelicans A beat TPS A 2-1 today to even the best of five.[/url] Game Three is slated for tomorrow, March 7th. Ramo's resiliance in staking his team to a very important 2-1 win was undeniable today. Many young goaltenders' confidence and focus might have been shattered after seeing a shutout streak of 194:51 dissolve into a horrendous 4 goal third period like the one Ramo faced in Game One against TPS A. However, just as Ramo has already proven he has the advanced maturity to compete at the SM-liiga level this season, he proved today he also has the maturity to put aside a bad loss and once again elevate his game when the chips are down. Now with the series knotted up the Cinderella Pelicans A have shortened their series against second seed TPS A into a best of three where anything can happen.
Submitted by pete on March 1, 2005 - 15:16
February had been a tough month for Karri Ramo. Despite his [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/116]solid performance at the Five Nations U-19 tournament for Finland[/url], playing behind the worst team in the SM-liiga finally began to take its toll. For the entire month of January the 18 year old netminder from Asikkala gave the pittiful Pelicans a chance to win every night out. But as the days of February began to wane, so too did Karri Ramo's stats. By the end, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tilasto.asp?otsake1=Kausi+2004%] Ramo had slipped to 27th in the league in save percentage posting a .898 mark with a 3.98 GAA.[/url] Meanwhile down in Junior A a death struggle for playoff position was on as Tapparra A, Pelicans A, Jokerit A and Lukko A all battled to claim the final two spots on the table and the right to move on to the Junior A postseason. With Lahti's SM-liiga season long since doomed and Ramo's confidence fading, the Pelicans decided to send their prized young goaltender back to junior to save the junior team's sagging playoff fortunes. Ramo did not disappoint.
Submitted by pete on February 26, 2005 - 13:52
With Karri Ramo having a tough last month in the SM-liiga, the Pelicans today decided to try and buoy his confidence by allowing him to suit up for their Junior-A team. [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_popup.asp?]Ramo responded by shutting out Blues A 2-0 today stopping 18 of 18 shots[/url] faced to garner secpmd star honors. [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_stat.asp?TID=1344&tilasto=mv&rajaus=0]The shutout moved Ramo back to first in SM-liiga Jr. A in save percentage.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 20, 2005 - 08:10
Published reports out of Switzerland and [url=http://www.jatkoaika.com/smliiga.php?sivu=uutiset&id=4062]Finland[/url] speculate that RW Eero Somervuori will depart Karpat at the end of the SM-liiga season for the Swiss NLA league. According to the newspaper Kaleva, Somervuori has already signed to play for the club team Ambri-Piotta next year. Somervuori is [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tilasto.asp?otsake1=Kausi+2004%2D2005+runkosarja&sarja=1303&maingroup=0&group=1&parm=6&stats=70] currently third in scoring on Karpat behind Petr Tenkrat and Jussi Jokinen with 12-22-34 in 48 games. [/url] The Finnish website jatkoaika.com points out Somervuori has struggled recently since being moved off a line with NHL veteran and former Lightning player Michael Nylander but Somervuori still places in the top-20 in scoring in Finland. Karpat is currently 2nd on the SM-liiga table 5 points behind Jokerit for the top spot in the waning days of the season. Their regular season ends on March 9th at Pori Assat before the playoffs begin.
Submitted by pete on February 20, 2005 - 01:36
The going in the SM-liiga has been tough lately for Karri Ramo. Despite some valiant efforts the young netminder has been buried behind a string of 40 shot, 5 goal allowed games and the Pelicans' lack of talent has finally caught up to Ramo. Still, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29750]Ramo did manage to beat Ilves yesterday 4-3 in OT, stopping 24 of 27 shots.[/url] He has slipped overall to a .905 sv% and 3.77 GAA. However, it is important to note again that Ramo is playing against full grown men in the SM-liiga. Against junior competition, he posted what still stands as the [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_stat.asp?TID=1344&tilasto=mv&rajaus=0]second best sv% in Junior A behind only highly touted Tuukka Rask.[/url] Rask is expected to be as high as a top-ten pick if and when the 2005 Entry Draft ever happens. And, last week in the 5 Nations U-19 tournament Ramo more than held his own in [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/0405/html/5natu19/page0012.html]posting the tournament's best GAA.[/url] Ramo went 1-1 [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/online/37/91320001_bottom_default.htm]dropping his first game of the tournament 3-2 in penalty shots to the Czech Republic[/url] before [url=http://stats.swehockey.se/online/37/91320007_bottom_default.htm]rebounding to shut out Switzerland 3-0 stopping 17 of 17 shots.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 11, 2005 - 00:29
I just got a response back from [url=http://www.russianprospects.com/public/aboutus_staff.php]Evgeny Belashenko[/url] of [url=http://russianprospects.com]Russianprospects.com.[/url] If you can pull yourself away from that picture of the lovely Ms. Melikova, Evgeny speculates that Alex Polushin's lack of games at the Superleague level may be due to him not fitting with CSKA's new system under Slava Bykov who took over from the venerable Viktor Tikhonov. Whatever the reason, Polushin's mere 11 games at the Superleague level (3-3-6 with 4PIMs in those games) has led to some consternation amongst some Lightning fans. Others who are more vocal and less knowledgable on the web (AOL bottomfeeders I'm looking in your direction) have even gone so far to claim that Polushin doesn't deserve to be a highly rated prospect because he, to paraphrase their argument, hasn't played any hockey in two seasons. And while it is true he missed most of last season with a knee injury, Polushin has NOT been merely serving popcorn in CSKA's pressbox this season. To the contrary, he has been playing for CSKA2 in the Farm/First League where he is at over a point a game pace at 10-13-23 in 21 games. To put that in some measure of perspective, a couple of seasons ago when Dimitry Kazionov was playing in the First League he had 14-13-27 in 34 games.
Submitted by pete on February 8, 2005 - 21:08
Boltsprospects staff writer [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/chad]Chad Schnarr[/url] has received word from the Quebec Remparts organization that goaltender Jonathan Boutin underwent an emergency appendectomy on Saturday and is expected to miss at least three weeks. Boutin, a 2003 3rd round pick, was recently acquired from the PEI Rocket and has played parts of the last two seasons with Quebec, PEI and Halifax of the QMJHL. Boutin, who was acquired by Hockey Operations Director Patrick Roy to take over goaltending duties down the stretch from rookie Maxime Joyal, could be available to return roughly two weeks before the end of the regular season.
Submitted by pete on January 25, 2005 - 17:04
Boltprospects had already learned from the Lightning organization that its European scouts were dancing in the streets about the meteoric rise of goaltender Karri Ramo in the SM-liiga. [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29704]However, after today's 4-2 victory over Tapparra, somersaults may be even more appropriate.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 20, 2005 - 20:03
Even in defeat, young Karri Ramo continues to impress in his debut season in Finland's SM-liiga. Today, Ramo managed to carry his last place Pelicans into overtime deadlocked at 1-1 against 5th place Lukko Rauma before finally conceeding the game winning goal to Boston's Hal Gill. Despite the loss, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=1&raportti=29693] Ramo was named the game's second star after stopping 29 of 31 shots.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 18, 2005 - 18:08
Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo, who was selected in the 6th round of the 2004 draft, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tulospalvelu.asp?palvelu=2&raportti=29690]fell 5-0 today at the hands of JYP.[/url] Ramo stopped 43 of 48 shots in the loss (.896 sv%). For the young Finnish netminder, some solace can be taken in the way he held his team into the game even against an onslaught of JYP shots.