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Smaby Named Captain at UND

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According to the [url=http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/colleges/university_of_north_dakota/12819553.htm][i]Grand Forks Herald[/i] [/url], University of North Dakota defenseman Matt Smaby was named team captain by his teammates this week. "I think he's a guy who has a natural presence to him," Coach Dave Hakstol told [i]The Herald[/i]. "I think this is good timing for this kind of a step for him. He's been a leader on teams before and I think he's ready to be a captain at this level."

Rogers Gets Assist in First Game Back

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Fresh off signing a professional contract and giving the Lightning a glimpse of their possible future shut-down defenseman, Andy Rogers returned to the Prince George lineup Tuesday night and promptly notched a power play assist in a 4-1 Cougars win over Kamloops. Rogers, who scored 2-9-11 last year in 48 games with Prince George and Calgary, got the second assist on the fourth Cougar goal. In other action Tuesday night, Vladamir Mihalik and the Red Deer Rebels beat Swift Current 2-1 in a shootout for their second victory of the year. Mihalik had an even rating for the game.

Falcons Sign Bombardir to PTO

The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of defenseman Brad Bombardir to a professional tryout contract. The long time New Jersey Devil and Minnesota Wild alum brings a considerable amount of professional experience to the team with 356 games of NHL service to his credit. By inking the stay-at-home defenseman, the Falcons' roster has ballooned to 25 players, 9 of whom now are defensemen. The Falcons' season begins Saturday against the Portland Pirates.

Lascek Lighting It Up

Chicoutimi Sagueneens winger Stanislav Lascek moved into third place among QMJHL scorers Monday night with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over Gatineau. Lascek now has eight goals and six assists in six games and should easily surpass the 18 goals he scored last year. Since being shutout in his first game this season, Lascek has scored at least one goal and two points in his last five games. Against Gatineau, Lascek was plus-one and had two penalty minutes. His goal was score shorthanded, his league-leading third shorthanded marker of the year.

Shootouts Unkind to Ramo/HPK

For the second straight game Karri Ramo and HPK fell in a shootout as HPK was defeated 3-2 today by Blues. Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots faced in regulation and the overtime session but saw his record fall to 1-1-2. AHL veteran Neil Little got the shootout victory. In 4 games Ramo has a 1.50 GAA and a .950 save percentage. Both are currently good for second in the SM-liiga statistically behind only Little.
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