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Submitted by pete on September 12, 2006 - 17:49
In their final game of the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.wild.com/team/Press.asp?story_id=4877]defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects 8-7 in a shootout. [/url] With the victory the team finished 7th in the tournament standings with a 1-3 record, although it should be noted the team's three losses were all by one goal including a double overtime defeat at the hands of the New York Rangers' prospects. According to Minnesotawild.com the Lightning almost relenquished another 3 goal lead in the third period just as they did against the Thrashers' prospects on Monday, but they were able to secure their first win of the tournament on penalty shots. [b]Update:[/b] [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/prdetail.cfm?pressreleaseID=1460]Tampabaylightning.com has more[/url] on the day's proceedings. David Desharnais leads the way with 3 assists and, hopefully, this isn't his last day in the Lightning organization. Marek Bartanus, who had a pretty solid tournament statistically, had two goals on the game. Desharnais' ex-Chicoutimi teammate Maxime Boisclair finally found the scoresheet with a goal and an assist as did [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url], who had a very solid tournament statistically as well. The player who might've helped his stock the most in this tournament was sniper [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] who rebounded from a lackluster rookie camp to be a leading force on the Traverse City team. This afternoon he had a goal in regulation and had the winning goal in the shootout. Clearly the 19 year old is staking a strong claim to one of those scant jobs in Springfield. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] must've thought he was back in Lahti for a moment, having faced 45 shots and stopping 38. The Lightning prospects now break camp in Traverse City and, for all of the Lightning contract players and a few invitees, the scene shifts to Brandon for the Lightning's full training camp. For others, like Desharnais, decisions still need to made about contracts and/or invitations to either the Lightning or Falcons' upcoming training camps. [b]Update2:[/b] [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to Erik Erlendsson's blog[/url], the other Lightning goals were scored today by tryout invitee Todd Griffith and 2005 3rd round pick [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url].
Submitted by chad on September 12, 2006 - 12:36
Training camp for the 2006-2007 Lightning will start this Thursday. For a schedule, see TampaBayLightning.com. Of note: The roster, courtesy of the Lightning and Erik Erlendsson of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], features free agent invitees Clayton Barthel and Geoff Waugh, Springfield contracts Zdenek Blatny, PJ Atherton, Dan Cavanaugh, John Adams, and Sylvain Dufresne, Johnstown contract Doug Andress, and unsigned Tampa Bay prospects Chris Lawrence, Marek Bartanus, Dane Crowley, and Vladimir Mihalik. Late additions could be included today after the conclusion of the Traverse City prospects tournament. 2006 Camp Roster:
Submitted by chad on September 12, 2006 - 12:30
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Submitted by pete on September 11, 2006 - 21:09
Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.
Submitted by pete on September 10, 2006 - 16:08