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Submitted by pete on February 11, 2006 - 23:07
After a disasterous start to his North American junior career, Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus looks to have turned the corner. Tonight the young winger had a goal and two assists as Owen Sound beat Sault Ste. Marie 6-3. Bartanus had a paltry 4 points in his 31 games prior to playing for Slovakia for the U20 World Junior Championships. Since returning to Owen Sound, Bartanus now has 8 points in 11 games finally showing glimpses of the potential that made him a 4th round pick. Also, in Brandon, center Blair Jones had a hat trick tonight and two helpers as Moose Jaw beat the Wheat Kings 6-3. Jones now moves into a tie with Kootenay's Ryan Russell for 8th in the WHL in points with 63 in 55 games. With the three goals, Jones now has potted 28 this season. In his previous three seasons of junior he had just 26 goals in total.
Submitted by pete on February 11, 2006 - 22:48
The points left on the table against Dayton will inevitably come back to hurt the Chiefs. DAY-5 JHN-4 (SO) Mike Betz made his debut for the Chiefs and stopped 43 of 47 shots faced. Adam Henrich scored 2 goals including a talley with 8 seconds left in regulation to get the Chiefs a point. Doug Andress had 3 assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2825]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 11, 2006 - 22:46
Playoffs out of reach... SPR-1 NOR-3 Jonathan Boutin stopped 24 of 26 shots faced but did not get the goal support. Travis Brigley scored the loan Falcons goal. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001726]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 11, 2006 - 22:38
First one to six wins... TB-6 BOS-5 John Grahame stopped 21 out of 26 in his last start before joining Team USA at the Olympics. The Lightning have now cut Carolina's division lead to 12 points with the Hurricanes playing one more game tomorrow before the Olympic break. Vaclav Prospal had 2 goals including the game winner while Dimitry Afanasenkov had a flashback to his days in the QMJHL and had a pair of markers of his own. Among Lightning rookies, Ryan Craig had a goal and an assist while Paul Ranger chipped in a helper of his own. Craig played 19:47 and was +2 with 4 shots on goal. Paul Ranger was +3 in 13:35 with 1 shot on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin played 12:03 with 3 shots on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020852.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on February 11, 2006 - 12:50
In the rubber match of young Finns today it was Tuukka Rask who bested Karri Ramo in the shootout as Ilves defeated HPK 2-1. Ramo stopped 25 of 26 shots faced before falling in penalty shots. He was named third star of the game by the media and was again voted best player in the match in fan voting. Ramo's record is now 8-7-4 this season.