Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Kootenay Ice 4
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 36 saves on 39 shots, *Third Star*
Tokarski, who played Wednesday in Traverse City, Michigan for the Lightningâ€™s prospect club, arrived in Western Canada just in time to make his season debut for the defending Memorial Cup champs, but despite a Third Star effort, Tokarski and Spokane fell to the Ice 4-2. The Chiefs were without six regulars due to NHL camps or visa issues (Ondrej Roman). Michael Stickland (undrafted) scored all four goals for Kootenay, including an empty netter.
The Lightning prospects finished 0-3-1 at the Traverse City prospect tournament after falling in overtime this afternoon to the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects 6-5.
Columbus stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead before the Lightning responded with a goal from Matias Sointu off helpers from Luca Cunti and Mitch Fadden early in the second period. Luciano Aquino also scored a goal from Brady Leavold later in the period, but Columbus also notched a pair of goals of their own in the second stanza.
That set the stage for a furious third period comeback by the Lightning, which included an early goal by tryout Brett Parnham off assists from Cunti and Chris Lawrence. The Lightning then brought the game to even with a pair of power play goals midway through the third period from Aquino, off an assist from Mark Barberio, followed by an unassisted tally by Lawrence less than two minutes later.
Unfortunately, Columbus' Ryan Garlock converted a power play chance early in the extra session to finish off the Lightning's comeback hopes for good. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski fell to 0-2-1 after allowing 6 goals on 26 shots in the game. The Lightning prospects outshot Columbus 39-26 in the loss.
Box score from Pointstreak.
The Lightning fell to 0-3 at the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, dropping the matinee to the Rangers prospects 5-3.
The club fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame before Mitch Fadden scored an unassisted goal late in the second period, but the Rangers responded with two goals early in the Third Period to put the game out of reach for good. Kyle DeCoste scored an unassisted goal and captain Chris Lawrence added a late tally in garbage time from Luciano Aquino to make the final score slightly more respectable.
Goaltender Torrie Jung allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in the game, his first of the tournament. The Lightning outshot the Rangers prospects 37-30 in the losing effort.
Box score from Pointstreak.
Alexei Glukhov did not play in Mytischi's 2-0 loss to Riga.
Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in Novokuznetsk's 1-0 win over St. Petersburg.
Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Khabarovsk's 3-0 loss to Yaroslavl.
The Lightning dropped to 0-2 at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament tonight, losing to the Red Wings by a final score of 5-2.
The Lightning forged a 2-2 tie with the Wings prospects on the strength of a Luciano Aquino unassisted goal at 2:53 of the Third Period, but quickly lost their footing when Justin Abdelkader answered with an unassisted power play goal for the Wings less than two minutes later. Detroit's prospects added a pair of empty-net goals late to seal the 5-2 win.
The Lightning were the first to get on the board tonight when Matias Sointu potted a power play goal off assists from point men Daryl Boyle and Ty Wishart. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski dropped to 0-2-0 on the tournament stopping 23 of 26 shots faced.
Box score from Poinstreak.