Riku Helenius stopped 39 shots through regulation and overtime, but could get no help from his offense, as the Mississippi Sea Wolves fell to the visiting Florida Everblades 2-1 in OT. Helenius surrendered the shutout with less than 4 minutes left in regulation, and then gave up the one-timer blast from Kevin Baker with 30 seconds remaining in OT. Helenius earned second star honors for his effort. The Blades completed a two-night sweep of the Wolves with Mississippi goaltender Jeremy Duschesne allowing 9 Everblades goals on Tuesday night.
Former Lightning prospect Ryan Munce was released from his PTO with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) on Wednesday, and was back on the bench for the Sea Wolves backing up Helenius.
Florida 2 @ Mississippi 1
G Riku Helenius: 2 GA; 64:31 MIN; 41 SH; 39 SV; *SECOND STAR*
The Sea Wolves engage the Blades in a two-game rematch in Estero this Friday and Saturday night.
Team Canada Update
TSN is reporting Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell is skating at right wing on Canada's top line with super-prospect John Tavares at center and Buffalo 2008 first rounder Tyler Ennis of Medicine Hat (WHL) at left wing. Canada's head coach Pat Quinn said, "The guys that skate with him (Tavares) have to have a few ingredients: Quickness, speed through the middle, and the ability to hunt that puck down." That certainly describes Tyrell, one of the fastest players in the WHL and a tireless worker along the boards. He has also proven to have the ability to chip in a few goals around the net. This is a great opportunity for Tyrell should he be able to stick on that line.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-17-25, +12, 20 PIM
Cape Breton took both games of a home-and-home with Atlantic Division leader Moncton. The Screaming Eagles are now five points back of the Wildcats, though theyâ€™ve played four more games than Moncton. Barberio did not participate in the shootout.
Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 0
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 21 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-8-1-3, 2.79 GAA, .903 sv%, 2 shutouts
Jung is 0-2 against his former team this year, averaging 3.5 goals against in those match-ups.
Ramo back from the abyss?
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win.
NOR Downie, (2) (Keller, Smaby), 5:57
NOR Smolenak, (9) (Jones, Gratton), 11:18 (PP)
ALB Ryan, (8) (Petruzalek, Dodge), 17:14
Radek Smolenak, Bracken Kearns, and Ramo were the game's three stars.
Chris Gratton made his debut for the Admirals.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Vancouver Giants 8
C James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-16-29, +20, 14 PIM
Wrightâ€™s 13th goal of the season matched his career-high, set last year in 60 games.
Around the WHL: Spokane, playing without Dustin Tokarski while he is preparing for the WJCs with Team Canada, dropped a 3-2 decision to Medicine Hat.
Team Canada notes: Understandably, Tokarski didn't get much sleep Sunday night awaiting Canada's final decision on who would make the team (Ottawa Citizen):
Riku Helenius gave up the game winning goal with 3 minutes remaining as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Mississippi Sea Wolves 3-2 at the Gulf Coast Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Helenius stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Wolves.
Gwinnett 3 @ Mississippi 2
G Riku Helenius: 3 GA; 59:33 MIN; 34 SH; 31 SV