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Ceske Pojistovna Cup: Day Two

Winger Jimmie Olvestad scored a goal and an assist as Sweden toppled the Czech Republic 5-3. Once again, Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist played on Sweden's first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson. And, in the early game, Russia defeated Finland 4-1. Anton But assumed playing time on Russia's second line and former Lightning player Alexander Kharitonov chipped in an assist in the victory.

Alexeev Held Scoreless in Blinov Memorial

Novosibirsk defeated Avangard Omsk 3-2 Thursday to claim victory in the Blinov Memorial Tournament. Disappointingly, Lightning prospect Nikita Alexeev failed to score in four games for Omsk. The left wing accrued four penalty minutes on the tournament but continued his scoresheet futility. In the last two tournaments Alexeev has just a mere one assist in eight games.

Polushin Held Scoreless in Belyayev Memorial Tournament

Alexander Polushin's red hot preseason cooled a bit before Cherepovets' fans as he was held scoreless in the team's third tournament of the preseason. Severstal finished 2-1 for the tournament, which spanned Monday through Wednesday, losing the opener of the tournament to SKA St. Petersburg 2-1 before rebounding to defeat CSKA 4-2 and Yaroslavl 2-1. Despite not hitting the scoresheet in this tournament, Polushin remains tied for second amongst all Cherepovets scorers in the preseason with 7 points. He is currently tied with veteran Alexander Gulyavtsev and Detroit Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorienko behind his linemate and Calgary Flames prospect Yuri Trubachev who has 10 points in the three tournaments. Lightning prospect Anton But missed the tournament for Yaroslavl in order to prepare with the national team for the Ceske Pojistovna Cup.

Opening Day of the Ceske Pojistovna Cup

In the opening game of the Ceske Pojistovna Cup, Sweden defeated Russia 2-1 on a 3rd period goal by Mikka Hannula scored with 32 seconds left in regulation. Neither Anton But nor Andreas Holmqvist made the scoresheet for their respective sides. As expected, But played on Russia's 2nd line with his Yaroslavl teammates Ivan Neprayev and Ivan Tkachenko. Holmqvist held down first pairing duties along side long time New York Islander Kenny Jonsson. Jimmie Olvestad played on the third line for Sweden as well. In the late game Czech Republic defeated Finland 2-1 on penalty shots.

Tale of the Tape: Mihalik Bigger than Advertised

Lightning first round pick Vladimir Mihalik frequently gets compared to fellow Slovakian defenseman Zdeno Chara. A Norris Trophy candidate with the Ottawa Senators the last time NHL hockey was played, Chara measures in at 6-feet, 9 inches, and 260 pounds. When Mihalik was measured before being chosen by Red Deer in the first round of the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, he stood at 6-feet, 7 inches, and 220 pounds. The Lightning listed the same size for Mihalik when they chose him 30th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. However, when he arrived in Red Deer for training camp this week, Mihalik's exact measurements were 6-feet, 8 and 1/2 inches, and 234 pounds. Mihalik is now the tallest player in the Lightning organization, surpassing the 6-foot, 8 inch Mitch Fritz and 6-foot, 7 inch Arthur Femenella.
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