A couple of Admirals tryouts are looking like serious contenders to make the team.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Jaroslav Janus midway through the game. Janus allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the overtime loss, and now the Lightning will need to make a decision whether to sign the young Slovak to an entry-level deal or send him back to Erie of the OHL for one more season.
Norfolk was outshot 30-27 in the game.
Tommy Goebel has been the story so far in Admirals camp among the tryouts. The diminutive Parma, Ohio native is entering his second year of pro hockey after splitting last season between Wheeling of the ECHL (42 points in 35 games) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL (4 goals and 12 points in 25 games). Goebel played four years in the CCHA split between Michigan State and Ohio State, amassing 54 goals and 115 points in 147 games. Goebel could add more speed to an Admirals lineup that was one of the slowest in the AHL over the past two seasons.
Matt Dias is trying to earn a pro contract after four years with Sudbury of the OHL. Last season Dias had 31 goals and 66 points in 68 games.
Game story from NorfolkAdmirals.com.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM
Panik had two goals in his opener, but has no points in two games since.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 7
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, -5, 2 PIM (hooking)
Not the return to the WHL Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton was hoping for.
Karri Ramo allowed 1 goal on 19 shots as Omsk smoked Togliatti 5-1. Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals on 8 shots in the first period before being pulled for the loss. Former Lightning player Eric Perrin had an assist in the match for Omsk, which also has former NHLer Jaromir Jagr.
Denis Kazionov did not play in Ekaterinburg's 3-2 loss to Chelyabinsk.
Dimitry Kazionov scored his first goal of the season and had 2 shots in 13:06 as Kazan defeated Yulayev 4-3.
Johan Harju was -1 in 14:34 as Dynamo Moscow fell to Novgorod 2-1.
Not a great night statistically for Lightning prospects.
I'm starting to believe in James Wright.
Mike Smith was in net and stopped 28 of 31 shots for the victory.
TB - Malone 3 (Stamkos, St. Louis) 04:13
TB - St. Louis 2 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)(PP) 17:21
EDM - Nilsson 1 (Gagner, Gilbert)(PP) 15:52
EDM - Cogliano 1 (Grebeshkov) 19:32
EDM - Gilbert 2 (Brule) 04:13
TB - Foster 1 (Hedman, Wright) 18:23
TB - St. Louis 3 (Malone, Lecavalier)(PP) 4:53
Kind of like last night, I felt this game was more an affirmation of what the Lightning have than an answer to any questions about what they need or don't have. The team is going to have two good scoring lines and a very good power play, as expected. Vinny hating TSN commentator Ray Ferraro went out of his way to complain about what a bad night Vincent Lecavalier was having, and then he goes and assists on the winning goal off the faceoff late in overtime to cap a multi-point night. Yeah Ray, he stinks.
James Wright continues to shine in this marathon week of games that will finally, mercifully, come to an end tomorrow night with the scrimmage in Norfolk. He got an assist on the tying goal by Kurtis Foster where he won a key assist late and set a nice screen in front. He's played better than some guys who are three year AHL pros who should be knocking on the door for NHL jobs.
On the down side: Lukas Krajicek is awful. He just stinks. Turned the puck over on Gilbert's go-ahead goal and took a penalty in overtime that took one or two really big saves by Mike Smith to erase. He just stinks. I spent the last 25 minutes of play hoping that thing on Tocchet's chin would leap out and strangle Lukas. If Brian Lawton doesn't jettison Krajicek, well, I may pull my hair out this season.
Box score from Yahoo Sports.