A miserable tournament got even worse for Team Slovakia today. After finishing the round robin portion of the U20 World Junior Championships 0-4, Slovakia fell to Switzerland 2-1 today in their first match of the relegation round. Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus had a secondary assist on the lone Slovakian goal and had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots on goal. Defenseman Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless in the game.
There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...
Kevin Beech stopped just 17 of 21 shots faced before being lifted in the second period of Sudbury's 6-3 loss to Oshawa.
The Marek Bartanus-less Owen Sound Attack were soundly beaten 5-0 today by Plymouth.
Dane Crowley had a pair of assists and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes as Swift Current fell to Saskatoon 5-2. Crowley extended his point scoring streak to 6 games.
This one was pretty easy...
After splitting the past couple of seasons between teams in Switzerland and Australia, former Lightning captain Rob Zamuner has retired and accepted an assistant coaching position with the Mississauga Ice Dogs of the OHL. Mississauga is, of course, the club of Lightning 2005 3rd round pick Chris Lawrence who leads all Lightning junior prospects in scoring thus far this season.