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According to the [i]Johnstown Tribune-Democrat[/i], Johnstown Chiefs fan favorite Dmitri Tarabin has signed with the Bloomington (Ill.) Prairie Thunder of the UHL. Tarabin had career highs in goals (21) and points (50) in 62 games last year with the Chiefs. The Chiefs also announced the re-signing of defenseman Ben Wallace on Wednesday. The London, Ontario, native played in 58 regular-season games last season and had 10 assists. “Ben is a very big addition to our team,” Chiefs coach Frank Anzalone said. “He plays a very solid, stay-at-home game. Last year he learned the league. This year he’ll hopefully be one of the best defensive defensemen in our division.”

CHL Game Night: 9/27

Bartanapalooza continues. Marek Bartanus had two assists as Owen Sound beat Sarnia 6-3. He was also plus-1. Bartanus, who was singled out by Jay Feaster for his good play in the Traverse City tournament, now has 1 goal and 4 assists in 3 games this season. He had 12 assists (19 points) in 49 games last season with Owen Sound. He had 2 goals and 4 assists in 10 playoff games. Bartanus was the only Lightning CHL prospect in action tonight.

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Podolsk defeated Khimik 2-1. [url=alexander-polushin]Alex Polushin[/url] did not play for Khimik. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] assisted on the game winning goal in Yaroslavl's 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. The point is the first officially of Artyukhin's Superleague season ending a pointless spell of over six games. Goaltender [url=vasily-koshechkin]Vasily Koshechkin[/url] had his first shutout of the season to improve to 3-2-1 today defeating Khabarovsk 1-0. Koshechkin had 10 shutouts last season. Forward Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk.

Preseason Game Night 9/26: Lightning at Canadiens

A game like this potentially rearranges the chess board a bit: TB-3 MTL-4 (OT) Johan Holmqvist stopped 37 of 41 in the overtime loss. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] led the way offensively with 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis had 2 helpers. The other Lightning goal scorers were Eric Perrin and Filip Kuba, with Dan Boyle chipping in a single assist. The power play continued to yield dividends going 3 for 10 on the night. An interesting subplot in the game was the opportunity opened up for young defenseman [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url] as Doug Janik sat in the penalty box for much of the first half of the game serving a major for fighting, a minor for instigation and a ten minute misconduct. Also, Dan Boyle was held out of the game in the third period with an undisclosed injury leaving Smaby to play 18:53 with a -1 rating, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Smaby was on the ice for the overtime winning goal, but reportedly played well otherwise. With more playing time, is Smaby sneaking up on Janik on the depth chart? Janik played 16:41 of even hockey with 2 shots, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Perrin plated 19:19 and was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots as well as an outstanding 4 takeaways, but was only 25% on draws. [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had his poorest game statistically of the preseason going -2 in 15:13 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Mitch Fritz was -1 in 9:15 with 4 hits. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was -1 in 9:56 with 1 blocked shot and was 27% on draws. Nick Tarnasky continued his strategy of brawling his way onto the Lightning roster with a fight in his 8:43 of even hockey with 3 hits. So, with [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] still out on the blueline and Dan Boyle possibly nicked could Doug Janik or Matt Smaby sneak onto the opening night roster? In the fight for the team's open 4th line forward spot, has Norm Milley stumbled and lost ground to the skilled Eric Perrin or the tough young lion Nick Tarnasky? Also, how does Rob DiMaio's concussion tonight figure into the equation. Cuts to follow soon. Note: Jones and goaltender Karri Ramo, with the Lightning on an emergency basis, were reassigned to Springfield after the game.

Helenius Gets the Day Off

At the SM-liiga level, Ilves fell to Karpat today 2-0. Tuukka Rask made 19 saves in the defeat. And, at the Junior A level, Mikko Patsi and Jarno Laitinen split time in a 7-6 defeat to Jokerit Jr. A. Lightning 1st round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] has yet to see action in the SM-liiga this season. With just 6 points in the standings, Ilves sits in the lower third of the league just 2 points ahead of dead last KalPa.
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