According to Tampabaylightning.com, day one of camp scrimmages ended in a 1-1 tie between Team Black and Team White. Team White's goal was scored by winger Kyle Wanvig off assists from Brad Richards and Doug Janik while Team Black's goal was scored by Vincent Lecavalier off assists from Vaclav Prospal and Paul Ranger.
Wanvig and Janik continue to make a strong impression after good showings in camp during physical testing on Thursday and Friday. Erik Erlendsson also notes in his blog that Wanvig was displaying a strong physical presence throughout the game to go with his goal. The Lightning's top-12 forwards appeared to be set going into training camp, but Wanvig appears to be playing his way into the discussion of who will be the first forward called up at the very least.
Erlendsson notes none of the defensemen vying for the team's #6 and #7 defenseman jobs separated from the pack, and that all three goaltenders played well with wunderkind Karri Ramo stopping 16 of 16 shots faced including a penalty shot by rookie pro Mike Lundin.
After a positive experience for him in Traverse City, goaltender Torrie Jung returned to Kelowna and got in a full game's work Friday for the Rockets. Jung, who is battling veteran Kristofer Westblom for the No.1 duties, stopped 27 of 30 shots in a 3-1 loss to Kamloops. The Rockets are 1-5 in the preseason with one game left.
No other Lightning prospects were in WHL preseason action Friday.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 4-3 loss to Dynamo.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 6-4 loss to Ufa.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Omsk's 4-3 overtime loss to CSKA.
Albert Vishnyakov had Spartak's only goal in a 4-1 loss to Novgorod.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 2-1 win over Khabarovsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless as Novosibirsk shut out Omsk 2-0. R2 had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Both Albert Vishnyakov and Denis Kazionov were scoreless as Spartak defeated Novokuznetsk 2-1. Visnyakov had 2 penalty minutes in the game.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 2-1 win over Novgorod. But had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Not only did the Lightning open their 15th season with the start of their NHL training camp today, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) began their 2007-2008 regular season.
St. John Sea Dogs 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 4
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Game Notes: League champion Lewiston opened their defense of the President's Cup with a sound win over St. John. The MAINEiacs scored four unanswered goals, including three in the third period. Ward and Lewiston's power play went 1/8. Ward had no goals and seven assists in 58 games with limited ice time last season in Lewiston.
The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) began their games this past weekend. Seventh round pick (2007) Justin Courtnall was scoreless for the Victoria Grizzlies, who fell to the visiting Nanaimo Clippers 3-1. The Grizzlies play their second game on Saturday. Courtnall had 5 goals and 9 assists in 53 games for Burnaby (BCHL) last year.