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Submitted by pete on January 4, 2006 - 21:04
Slovakia and Switzerland battled to a 3-3 tie in their final match of the relegation round. The Slovaks battled back from two Swiss 2 goal leads to tie the game thanks in part to goals by Lightning prospects Marek Bartanus and Stanislav Lascek. Bartanus finished +2 on the game while Lascek finished +1. Defenseman Vladamir Mihalik finished even with 2 shots on goal. Switzerland won the relegation round on goal differential by one goal. [b]Final Lightning Prospect Statistics: Slovakia[/b] Stanislav Lascek, 6GP, 6-3-9, 8 PIM, (+3), 18 SOG Vladamir Mihalik, 6GP, 0-3-3, 8 PIM, (-1), 8 SOG Marek Bartanus, 5GP, 1-0-1, 4 PIM (-4), 4 SOG
Submitted by pete on January 4, 2006 - 20:48
A depleted Falcons roster failed to halt a long losing streak. SPR-1 ALB-4 Coleman stopped 27 of 31 in the loss. Marek Kvapil scored Springfield's lone goal on an assist by David Spina. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001503]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 20:32
Canada did what Sweden could not do and solved Tuukka Rask to [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055225_74_1_0.html]defeat Finland 4-0[/url] and move on to the gold medal match against the winner of tonight's USA vs. Russia matchup. Rask made 39 saves on 43 shots and, in total, faced 96 shots in the span of 24 hours. Finland will play the loser of the USA vs. Russia game Thursday in the bronze medal match.
Submitted by pete on January 3, 2006 - 20:26
What a gritty, gutty performance by a tired and undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning led by John Grahame. TB-1 NYR-0 (OT) John Grahame made 36 saves for the shutout while Vaclav Prospal picked countryman Petr Prucha's pocket to deposit the game winning goal late in overtime. Prospal's thievery was made possible by an incredible diving poke check just moments earlier by Paul Ranger on a Michael Nylander breakaway attempt. Ranger played 15:46 of even hockey with two takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin played a quiet 10:56 as the checking lines were limited in ice time due to newcomers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley joining the team. Ryan Craig was scratched again with a broken toe. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020585.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Out of medal contention after the round robin, Slovakia now must play two games in the relegation round. Their first opponent, Norway, unexpectedly put up a strong fight tonight as the Slovaks just [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055524_74_1_0.html]squeaked by 4-3[/url]. Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek notched a goal on 2 shots and was a +1. Vladamir Mihalik was +1 with one shot on goal. Marek Bartanus was -2 with 3 shots on goal. Slovakia will play Switzerland tomorrow in their quest to stave off relegation.