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Ranger Named to YoungStars Team

NHL.com has announced that defenseman and Bolt Prospects alumni Paul Ranger has been selected to participate in the NHL YoungStars Game representing the Eastern Conference. Through 47 games the 22 year old blueliner has 1 goal and 18 points this season.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 4-0 win over Podolsk. The older Kazionov has 8 goals and 17 points in 35 games this year with 16 penalty minutes and a +15 rating.

Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 3-2 loss to Omsk. In 24 games with Dynamo this season, Vishnyakov has 6 goals, 11 points, 32 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.

Anton But did not play in SKA's 5-1 loss to Magnitogorsk. But has 11 goals and 20 points in 38 games this season with 55 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.

Vasily Koshechkin's season record fell to 14-11-3 in Togliatti's 3-0 loss to Khimik.

Evgeny Artyukhin had a goal in Yaroslavl's 4-1 win over Novosibirsk. Artyukhin has 4 goals and 12 points in 36 games with 159 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 4-2 loss to Ufa. In 37 games, Glukhov has posted 1 goal and 11 points with 93 penalty minutes and a -3 rating.

Denis Kazionov did not play in Tver's 3-0 win against CSKA. The younger Kazionov is scoreless in 22 games this season with 8 penalty minutes and a -5 rating.

Thursday's Elitserien Score

Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist and 2 penalty minutes in Lunkopings' 3-2 overtime loss to Djurgardens. Former Lightning forward Jimmie Olvestad had a power play goal and 2 penalty minutes in the match for DIF. Despite Linkopings' recent struggles in the past couple of weeks, Holmqvist has remained white hot offensively and now has 5 goals and 19 points in 38 games.

Lascek, Smolenak Switch Places

According to today's Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs and AHL’s Springfield Falcons rotated players, sending Stanislav Lascek to Johnstown and Radek Smolenak to Springfield.

Smolenak played in 30 games for the Chiefs. He had a team-high 12 goals and ranked fourth with 22 points. In two earlier games with Springfield, the 6-foot-3 native of Prague, Czech Republic, didn’t score a point.

Lascek appeared in 26 games with the Falcons, netting two goals and four points. The native of Martin, Slovakia, began the season in Johnstown and was the team’s leading scorer when he was recalled in November. He had five goals and 15 points in 10 ECHL games.

Note: The newspaper also reports Falcons property Maxime Boisclair participated in the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday and had two assists in the American Conference’s 6-3 win over the National Conference at Qwest Arena.

CHL Game Night 1/18: The Chris Lawrence Show

Chris Lawrence had 2 goals and an assist Thursday night to lead the Mississauga IceDogs to a 5-1 road win over Toronto St. Mike's. Lawrence was also plus-2 and had 6 PIM. One of his goals was the game winner and the other was a power play marker. Anyone who had him in their stat-category-based OHL fantasy hockey league is probably patting themselves on the back for that performance. Lawrence was named the game's first star.

"The coaches have emphasized that I've got to drive the net more," Lawrence told the Mississauga News. "And if you work hard, the goals will come."

"When he's going to the net as hard as he did tonight, not too many people can handle him at this level," Coach Mike Kelly said of Lawrence's performance.

Note: This was Mississauga's last game in the old Toronto rink, St. Michael's College Arena, which has seen the likes of Red Kelly, Tim Horton, and Frank Mahovlich come through on their way to the pros. The Mississauga News reports the current Toronto club will likely play in Mississauga's Hershey Centre next year after the IceDogs move to Niagara Falls.

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