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Beech Wins Two at Four-Nations

Riku Helenius wasn't the only Lightning prospect playing in a 4-Nations tournament recently. The Sudbury Wolves, led by goaltender Kevin Beech, won three of three over the past week as Sudbury beat Poland's JKH Black Hawks, the Czech Republic's HC Vitkovice, and Russia's Moscow Dynamo. Beech stopped 21 of 22 shots on August 31 as Sudbury topped JKH 6-1. Lightning prospect camp attendee John D'Aversa scored a power play goal for the Wolves in the game. On Friday, September 1, rookie goaltender Michael Swick was in net as the Wolves beat HC Vitkovice 4-2. Sudbury finished the tournament undefeated as Beech rebounded from a rough start to beat a veteran Moscow Dynamo club 7-3 on September 2. After letting in two goals in the game's first three minutes, Beech allowed only one more the rest of the way, stopping 32 of 35 total shots for his second win. Sudbury scored six power play goals in the game. Ottawa Senators draft pick Nick Foligno was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Ice Dogs and Lightning TCers Combine for Big Preason Win

Lightning prospect Chris Lawrence and Lightning Traverse City invitee Travis Fuller combined for 3 goals and 4 points as the Mississauga Ice Dogs defeated London 5-0 in OHL preseason action last night. The Mississauga News highlighted Fuller, who was acquired from Barrie last year, for his production and work ethic - two ingredients that could earn Fuller a contract with the Lightning in the future. Fuller had two goals and set up Lawrence's marker for the Ice Dogs. Fuller, a six-foot-one-inch winger, had 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in Barrie last year. He had a goal and an assist in 5 scrimmage games for Team White in July's prospect camp. Note: Exhibition boxscores are hard to come by in the WHL and OHL, so preseason recaps will be infrequent for the time being.

Russia Wins Ceske Poijstovna Cup

Anton But had 3 goals and an assist in three games finishing second on Team Russia as the won the Ceske Poijstovna Cup this weekend. Russia went 3-0 in the tournament including a dramatic 4-3 shootout victory over Sweden in the tournament opener. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist had 1 goal and a -1 rating in three games for Sweden in the tournament.

Helenius at the 4 Nations Tournament

With his club team Ilves playing a preseason tournament in Switzerland, Lightning goaltending prospect [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] was at the 4 Nations Tournament this weekend representing Team Finland. Helenius went 1-1 in the tournament defeating Russia 6-2 and falling 3-2 against Sweden. The 2006 1st round pick finished with a .934 save percentage for the tournament and a 2.51 GAA. 2006 7th round pick [url=denis-kazionov]Denis Kazionov[/url] also played in the tounrament finishing with an assist and 4 penalty minutes in 3 games with a +1 rating. Kazionov will return to Russia for the beginning of the Superleague season for KHK MVD next week. Helenius will fly to North America to join [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] between the pipes for the Lightning's Traverse City prospect team.

Mihalik Hoping for Contract

(Note: Article courtesy of the [i]Prince George Free Press[/i]. Direct link to article not available.) [b]Vlad Stands Out in a Crowd[/b] By Harpreet Sidhu, PG Free Press Vladimir Mihalik was easy to spot on the ice during Sunday’s intra-squad game at the CN Centre. The 6’8” defenceman was towering above his teammates during scrimmages all weekend long. Mihalik was selected 30th overall during the in 2005 NHL entry draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last season he played for the Red Deer Rebels where he collected three goals and nine assists in 62 games. He also dressed for Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver.
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