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Artyukhin Sent to Springfield

Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times reports [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2005/10/01/Lightning/Full_team_produces_em.shtml]Evgeny Artyukhin was assigned to Springfield of the AHL[/url] after the conclusion of tonights Lightning/Hurricanes preseason tilt. The Lightning roster now stands at 21 players with Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling battling for the final roster spot.

Game Night 9/30: Bruins at Falcons (Exhibition)

PRO-2 SPR-5 The Falcons [url=http://www.providencebruins.com/press_releases/index.php?id=272]waffled the Providence Bruins tonight[/url] in their first official preseason game 5-2. Falcons goal scorers were Norm Milley, shorthanded, Marek Kvapil, Jim Campbell, Dennis Packard and Brandon Elliot. Brian Eklund stopped 17 of 19 through two periods before giving way to Morgan Cey who went a perfect 6 for 6 in the final frame to seal the victory. [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/112813440270630.xml&coll=1]Fran Sypek's write up of the game[/url] praises last year's rookie Falcons like Andre Deveaux. Second year pros Deveaux and Henrich notched one assist each while Paul Ranger had 2 assists. Norm Milley (1G 1A) and Ryan Vesce (2A) also had multi-point nights. Vesce was originally credited with the Falcons' fifth goal which was awarded to Elliot. Henrich and Darren Reid led the team in shots on goal. The Falcons' final preseason game is Sunday.

Somervuori Scores 2nd of Season

In Switzerland, Eero Somervuori [url=http://www.sehv.ch/mandant/apps/results/details/spiel_details_1001039.htm]scored his second goal of the season as Ambri-Piotta tied Fribourg-Gotteron 2-2[/url]. Eric Perrin and Shane Willis went scoreless in their respective games tonight.

Game Night 9/30: Hurricanes at Lightning (Exhibition)

The Lightning attempt to sharpen up the rough edges with two preseason games left to go. 19 of 20 roster spots appear set as Andy Rogers and Timo Helbling enter the final rounds of their bout to make the team. Rogers' chance to impress occurs tonight. CAR-5 TB-2 (Final) [b]1st Period[/b] 1. Carolina- Cullen, (Commodore, Cole) 2. Tampa Bay- Fedonteko, (Kubina, Sydor) (PP) [b]2nd Period[/b] 3. Carolina- Nordgren, (Brind'Amour) (SH) 4. Kubina, (Sydor, Fedotenko) (PP) [b]3rd Period[/b] 5. Carolina- Brind'Amour, (Hutchinson, Cole) (PP) 6. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Staal) 7. Carolina- Vasicek, (Stillman, Tverdovsky)

Beech Shelled in Blowout Loss to Barrie

Sudbury goaltender Kevin Beech allowed a total of 6 goals on 27 shots as the Wolves fell to 0-3 after a 9-3 loss to Barrie Thursday night. Beech started the game for Sudbury, but was pulled 17 minutes into the first period after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots. After backup Chris Abbey allowed his third goal a minute into the third period, Beech returned to the ice to allow 2 more goals on 14 shots. Beech is now 0-3 with a 5.77 goals against average and an .828 save percentage. Wolves coach/GM Mike Foligno told the Sudbury Star, “I felt we needed better goaltending tonight and we just didn’t get it. That's real unfortunate.” In other action Wednesday and Thursday…
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