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Koshechkin Ties Kazan

Vasily Koshechkin and Lada Togliatti tied Ak Bars Kazan today 2-2. The tie moves Koshechkin's record to 12-4-2 on the season. Koshechkin's strong play of late has led to some speculation he may be asked to play for Team Russia in one of the year's remaining Euro Tour events.

Ramo Loses Head to Head to Finnish Team Tandem Mate

Karri Ramo and HPK were defeated today by Tuukka Rask and Ilves Tamperre 4-1. Rask will be Ramo's tandem partner in the uncoming U-20 World Junior Championships for Finland, and the loss may be a blow to Ramo's aspirations to grab the team's starting job. Ramo slips to 4-3-3 on the season stopping 21 of 24 shots faced before being pulled for the extra attacker late. Rask stopped 24 of 25 for the win.

Soo Trades Lawrence to Mississauga

On Monday, the struggling Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds traded center/winger Chris Lawrence and defenseman Joshua Day to the Mississauga Ice Dogs for center Dustin Jeffrey and a 3rd round pick. Lawrence, a third round pick of the Lightning in the 2005 draft, has 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points this season. Soo fans were expecting Lawrence, who has above-average raw skills and NHL size, to help fill the shoes of Philadelphia Flyers rookie Jeff Carter. Lawrence has struggled most of the year, and perhaps a new environment will help him reach his potential. The Ice Dogs are the second-worse team in the OHL in terms of points, just one behind Sault Ste. Marie and five in front of Oshawa. Lawrence now enters the same division as fellow Lightning prospect Kevin Beech of the Sudbury Wolves. Lawrence will see his first action for Mississauga Thursday night in Toronto. The last Lightning prospect to suit up for the Ice Dogs was defenseman/winger Brandon Elliott.

Game Night 12/6: Chiefs at Wranglers

They pretty much ran out of gas at the end of this west coast swing. JHN-0 LV-4 Johnstown was outshot a staggering 52-20 on the night. Jonathan Boutin stopped 48 shots for the loss. Johnstown finally will return home for a Friday night tilt against Reading and a typical three games in three nights. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2490]ECHL.com.[/url]

Expect More Lightning WJC Player Announcements to Come

The Lightning officially have one prospect in the upcoming U-20 World Junior Championships with Karri Ramo announced for Team Finland. Meanwhile, Andy Rogers has a long shot chance of making Team Canada after being invited to their selection camp. Don't expect that to be the end of the announcements though. An unofficial list is being circulated around the internet showing Kingston (OHL) forward Radek Smolenak joining Team Czech Republic. Also returning to the WJC's will probably be Stanislav Lascek, who just slips under the age limit turning 20 just after the tournament, and perhaps Marek Bartanus who played last season for Team Slovakia in the U-18 tournament. Hulking defenseman Vladamir Mihalik, who also played for Slovakia in the U-18 tournament should join his countrymen as well.
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