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KHL Game Day: 10-1-15

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Novgorod 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 8 PIM

Carter Ashton was held off the board in 20:19 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had a goal in defeat for Novgorod.

Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Dinamo Minsk 1 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the Overtime winner, a power play goal, in Yugra's 2-1 win over Minsk. He played 18:49 in the contest. Ex-Blackhawks pick Matt Ellison had Minsk's lone goal in defeat.

Jokerit 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 4:49 of ice time and 67% on 3 draws in Jokerit's 3-2 win over SKA St. Petersburg. Jokerit captain and ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen had a goal for Jokerit in the victory.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: 9-27-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award this season, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The first Bolt Prospect of the Week for the 2015-2016 season, for the week ending September 28, is … Matthew Peca, C, Tampa Bay Lightning/Syracuse Crunch.

The last Lightning prospect to wear No. 63 as a camp number turned out to be pretty good at the hockey, and the latest prospect to wear it is off to an impressive start.

Tyler Johnson wore 63 before switching to his customary No. 9, then was a Calder Trophy finalist for the NHL rookie of the year. A year later he was a playoff hero, helping the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Finals berth before breaking his wrist and playing the final series significantly limited.

Matt Peca was playing center for Quinnipiac University when Johnson was proving NHL doubters wrong two years ago. Two weeks ago he was lighting it up for the Lightning in their prospect tournament and took that momentum into the Lightning’s main camp and preseason games.

KHL Game Day: 9-30-15

Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 22/24, 2.03 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-4-4, 0 SO, 1.89 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-Thrashers second rounder Ilya Nikulin had a helper for Dynamo in their 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the lone goal in the match for Magnitka.

KHL Game Day: 9-29-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novgorod 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-4-9, +5, 4 PIM

Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:38, but had a team high 6 shots on goal in Yugra's 3-2 win over Novgorod. Carter Ashton was -1 in 18:44 in defeat. Ex-Sens pick Kaspars Daugavins also had a goal in the loss.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 36

This week's “Andre Roy Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 36
· Roster cutting
· Who’s left standing for the TB opener?
· Interview with Adam Wilcox
· The BP Mailbag (Who wins the backup job? … Another option for backup goalie? … Darkhorse for TB prospect call-up … Stamkos trade value [if necessary] … Adam Erne now vs Adam Erne in previous camps)

KHL Game Day: 9-28-15

Podolsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, 24/26, 2.00 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-3-4, 0 SO, 1.88 GAA, .931 sv%

Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 2 goals and 4 points for Magnitka as they annihilated Vityaz Podolsk 7-2. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin also chipped in a hat trick and 4 points in the win.

Lightning Send Bulk of Syracuse Roster to Crunch Camp

The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by 23 this weekend. All players reported to training camp with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch’s camp will take place in Lyon, France, for the second consecutive season.

Returning to Syracuse:

D Dylan Blujus
F Mike Blunden
F David Broll
D Charlie Dodero (AHL contract)
D Jake Dotchin
F Yanni Gourde
F Henri Ikonen
F Ryan Martindale (tryout)
D Joey Mormina (AHL contract)
F Philippe Paradis
F Tanner Richard
F Joel Vermin
G Allen York (AHL contract)

Juniors Game Night: 9-27-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph’s goal – his second in two games since returning from the Lightning – gave Saint John a 3-2 lead with less than 90 seconds remaining in the third, but the Titan got the dreaded last-minute-of-the-period goal to end the second to tie the game, then the winner in the third period.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Nikita Kucherov’s former team came into Shawinigan and routed the Cataractes, 5-1. Yan had a goal and an assist in his season debut, but was held off the scoresheet in Game 2.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 0 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa raised their OHL and Memorial Cup banners to the rafters and won their home opener, 5-0 over North Bay on the back of goaltender Jeremy Brodeur’s 30-save shutout. Yes, that’s Martin’s son (undrafted). Pictured: Cirelli takes the ceremonial puck drop for the Gens. (Oshawa Generals photo)

KHL Game Day: 9-27-15

Cherepovets 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-4-9, +4, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:28 of ice time in Yugra's 3-0 loss to Cherepovets. Severstal goaltender Jakub Stepanek turned aside 19 shots for the shutout. Ex-Wings pick Miroslav Blatak supported Stepanek with a goal in the win.

CSKA 5 vs. Jokerit 2
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Ex-Wings pick Gennady Stolyarov had 2 goals and 3 points to pace CSKA to a 5-2 win over Jokerit. CSKA also got 1 goal and 3 points from ex-Pred Alexander Radulov in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 9-26-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 vs Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan (pictured) made his season debut for the Cataractes and promptly earned a First Star for notching a goal and an assist. Yan had seven goals in seven games in the playoffs last year and picked up where he left off for Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa had leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but couldn’t hold on to defeat the Bulldogs, who were the Belleville Bulls in previous seasons. Cirelli has a at least a point in both games this season.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (SO)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored his first goal of the season, but the Spirit couldn’t avoid the home-and-home sweep from Flint. The Firebirds won in Saginaw Thursday. Stephens did not participate in the shootout.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Calgary completed a home-and-home sweep of the Ice, shutting them out 1-0 in Calgary Saturday. Brendan Burke (Coyotes) had a 21-save shutout for the Hitmen. Burke is the son of former Lightning goaltender Sean Burke. Thomas had a late roughing penalty Calgary survived.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1, 9.00 GAA, .727 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham sat as Zackarias Skog, who replaced Oldham Friday after the first period, stopped 28 of 29 shots as Omaha defeated Des Moines, 2-1.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Minnesota State commit Parker Tuomie had two goals for the Stampede in their 5-3 win over the visiting Musketeers.

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