In Russian Superleague action today, winger Anton But had a goal and two assists as Yaroslavl tied Novokuznetsk 5-5.
A tie was also in the offing in the match between Togliatti and Nizhnekasmk. Vasily Koshechkin allowed a third period goal to allow Neftekhimik to tie Lada 2-2. Koshechkin's record moves to 14-5-3 on the year.
At a glance, here is the schedule for Lightning prospects in the round robin phase at the 2006 IIHF U-20 World Junior Championships (all times EST):
1. Finland vs. Canada (7pm)
2. Slovakia vs. Latvia (10pm)
3. Russia vs. Slovakia (10pm)
4. USA vs. Finland (11pm)
5. Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (10pm)
6. Finland vs. Norway (11pm)
7. Slovakia vs. Sweden (10pm)
8. Switzerland vs. Finland (11pm)
'Tis the night before Christmas and the entire staff of Bolt Prospects would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays.
Now get to bed before Santa arrives, or he'll leave you with a lump of coal or worse, a Panthers jersey.
In Tampa, Pavel Kubina continues to nurse a groin strain which may or may not prompt the recall of a defenseman from Springfield by Monday's game against Carolina. Fatigue along the backline was obvious for the Lightning in their game against Buffalo last night as they were forced to go with five defensemen again for the duration of the contest. If a defenseman is recalled, Timo Helbling or Doug O'Brien appear to be the two most logical options for the Lightning.
In Springfield, on top of the recalls of Ryan Craig and Darren Reid, winger Zbynek Hrdel is expected to be out for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. The Falcons had originally decided to recall Justin Kelly, Randy Rowe and winger Brandon Elliot to the Falcons, but Elliot broke his hand in a fight in his last ECHL game prompting Adam Henrich to be recalled instead. Rowe suffered an abdominal injury that also kept him from being recalled and likely won't be back until December 30th.
In Johnstown, Mike Egener is finally close to returning from his own knee injury. He should be a welcome addition to the Chiefs lineup. However, the Chiefs have lost not only Rowe and Elliot, but will be without veteran Paul Caponigri for two to three weeks with a concussion also suffered in the midst of a fight.
SKA St. Petersburg defeated Lada Togliatti 2-0 yesterday. As a result, Lightning goaltending prospect Vasily Koshechkin's record on the season drops to 14-5-2. Koshechkin still leads the league in save percentage (.948), goals against average (1.21) and shutouts (tied with Travis Scott with 8).