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Game Night 10/8: Pirates at Falcons

Tonight marks the opening game of the second season for the Springfield Falcons under a full affiliation with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Much is on the line as the Lightning try and establish the Falcons as a credible AHL club while at the same time developing desperately needed young talent which will be in the NHL sooner rather than later with the new CBA. I will be covering the game live using the B2 Networks' cybercast, so for those who aren't watching the Panthers/Lightning game, buckle up. [i]Update: I just wanted to add because I bagged on the internet connection I got to the B2 Network the last game that their service was nearly flawless all night long. Excellent job B2.[/i] Tonight's lineup and lines: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Artyukhin Reid/Henrich/Kvapil Fritz/Tarnasky Ranger/Rohloff H. Pratt/Egener O'Brien/Bombardir Eklund Coleman

Three continue streaks in CHL /NCAA Action Friday

Justin Keller, Chris Lawrence, and Radek Smolenak continued their point streaks Friday night. Including Chicoutimi winger Stanislav Lascek, Tampa Bay has four prospects with scoring streaks of four games or more, and two with points in six straight games. Friday night in the CHL and NCAA:

Norrena Shuts Out Mora 2-0

It's been another banner day for the Lightning's Finnish born goaltending prospects. Not to be outdone by young Karri Ramo's 1-0 shutout victory over Jokerit in the SM-liiga, Fredrik Norrena today stopped 20 of 20 shots to shutout HC Mora 2-0. With the victory, Linkopings and Norrena now improve to 6-0 on the season. Norrena is currently third in the Swedish Elitserien in GAA and sv% with a 1.33 GAA and a .952 save percentage. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist, who played on the second pairing in the game, saw his point scoring streak snapped at 2 games. Linkopings has opened up a 4 point lead in the standings over Vastra Frolunda for the league's top spot. The team's eight goals allowed is tied for the best in the league with Brynas IF.

Ramo Defeats Jokerit 1-0 in Shootout

After losing his past two starts in shootouts, Karri Ramo found himself on the winning end today as HPK defeated Jokerit 1-0. Ramp stopped 28 of 28 shots faced in regulation and overtime for the shutout and for first star of the game honors. The victory improves Ramo's record on the season to 2-1-2. Jokerit's Karl Goehring took the shootout loss despite a heroic 44 save performance in 65 minutes between the pipes. The shutout allowed Ramo to move back into the league lead in GAA and save percentage with a 0.98 GAA and a .966 save percentage.

Silver Lining

If you're looking for a silver lining tonight after the disgraceful effort against the Panthers, and you're looking to the junior ranks to deliver it, Radek Smolenak has you covered with the Gordie Howe hat trick in Kingston's 7-2 pole axing of Brampton. The 2005 third round draft choice now has 6 goals, 4 assists, 10 points and 19 PIMs in 7 games for the Frontenacs. He has managed a point in each of his last 6 games.
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