Vasily Koshechkin had his second stright shut out victory today as Togliatti defeated Chekhov 2-0. Koshechkin has won all three of his starts since taking the starting job from David Svoboda allowing just two goals over that span. Forward prospect Dimitry Kazionov had 4 penalty minutes for Lada in the game.
According to the Springfield Falcons, the club announced today that defenseman Paul Ranger has been recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ranger will join Tampa Bay in Pittsburgh where the Lightning prepares to take on the Penguins on Saturday night.
Ranger currently leads the Falcons in scoring after one game with one goal and two assists for three points, including the game-winning goal in the season opener on Saturday, October 8 against Portland. Ranger was named the gameâ€™s first star in that contest, and is in his second season of professional hockey.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Whitby, Ontario played in 69 games for the Falcons last year collecting three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Ranger played his junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League where he led all Oshawa blueliners in scoring during the 2003-04 campaign.
Despite the loss in the shootout, there were many positive signs in the game that the Lightning could possibly be returning to form. Buffalo could've easily lost this game by a wide margin were it not for Ryan Miller, some lopsided officiating and a little luck.
TB-3 (Final SO)
Official scoring can be found at NHL.com.
Tonight was the debut preseason game for the 2005-2006 Johnstown Chiefs as they squared off with the Wheeling Nailers in Greensburg, PA. As of this posting there is no official box score available, and this thread will be updated when one becomes available. We can report the final score however from the Wheeling website. Johnstown defeated Wheeling 3-2 in a shootout. Rookie netminder Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 34 shots faced in regulation and OT before winning the shootout.
The Lightning's top two WHL prospects squared off Wednesday night as Justin Keller and the Kelowna Rockets visited Blair Jones and the Moose Jaw Warriors. Paced by Jones's three assists, Moose Jaw skated to a 3-0 lead before Kelowna came flying back to tie the game and ultimately take the lead, 4-3. With under a minute left in the third, Moose Jaw tied the game up and sent the contest into overtime. After no scoring in O.T., the game would be decided by a shootout.
The first shooter for Kelowna was Keller, who had won a game earlier in the year for Kelowna in a shootout. Sure enough, Keller faked to his backhand before snapping a wrister low stick-side past Moose Jaw goalie Joey Perricone. It would be the only goal recorded in the shootout, giving Kelowna the win.