Team Finland scored a dramatic come from behind shootout victory today to defeat the Czech Republic 3-2 in their opening match of the Rosno Cup. Netminder Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 of 27 shots faced before defeating former Togliatti goaltender Adam Svoboda in penalty shots.
Meanwhile, home team Russia defeated Team Sweden 3-1. Anton But, who played the game as a third line right winger, was on the ice in the final minute and potted an empty net goal with 35 seconds left to seal the win. For Sweden, Andreas Holmqvist played on the team's 4th pairing while Djurgardens forward Jimmie Olvestad played third line left wing. Both were scoreless with 2 penalty minutes on the game.
Apparently trying to keep pace with fellow Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek for the goal-scoring lead among Lightning prospects, Justin Keller had a hattrick Wednesday night as Kelowna beat up on Swift Current, 6-3. However, Keller one-upped Lascek in that his was a natural hatter. Starting at the 4:40 mark of the third period - and down 3-2 in the game - Keller scored three straight goals to give the Rockets the lead. A teammate would add an empty netter to get the 6-3 final score.
Keller now has 24 goals on the year, one behind Lascek. Keller's 41 points in 31 games are good enough for fifth place in the WHL, 13 points behind Moose Jaw Warrior Troy Brouwer. He is third in the league in goals.
To hear Anaheim's announcers tell it, they just won the Stanley Cup.
John Grahame stopped 3 of 32 in the loss. The Lightning as a team just never really seemed to get their legs under them. Paul Ranger played 14:42 of even rating hockey registering one hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 8:38 of ice time.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
The Russian leg of the four country Euro Tour will begin tomorrow with the Rosno Cup. Four Lightning properties will be featured in this year's tournament including goaltender Fredrik Norrena of Finland, left wing Anton But of Russia, and left wing Jimmie Olvestad and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist of Sweden. In tomorrow's games, the Czech Republic will face Finland while Russia will open in Moscow against Sweden.
Stanislav Lascek wasn't happy with not registering a point in Chicoutimi's last game - a 2-1 loss in Lewiston.
Scouts can tell a lot from a prospect by how they respond to â€œadversity.â€ Lascek responded to the tune of five points.
Tuesday night, Chicoutimi faced off against Rimouski for the third time since November 29 and the result was no different - the Sagueneens beat L'Oceanic, this time 7-3. Chicoutimi also won 4-2 on December 9 and 7-5 on November 29. Lascek and Rimouski's Mark Tobin both hit the scoresheet and all three games.
This time, however, Lascek almost single-handedly beat Rimouski.