Ottawa 67â€™s 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0,+1, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Ottawa overcame a 1-0 first period deficit to give the franchise its first win under a coach not named Brian Kilrea in 29 years. Chris Byrne had his first win as 67â€™s coach.
Erie Otters 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 (OT)
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
No word yet why DeCoste missed the game. Jaroslav Janus (Erie) remains with Tampa Bay.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Plymouth Whalers 6 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: OTL, 32 saves on 38 shots
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, 4.85 GAA, .861 sv%, 0 SO
Playing his second game in two nights, Zador gave up 5 early, but remained in the game to watch Oshawa claw back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Tyler Brown (undrafted) scored in overtime for Paul Maraâ€™s alma mater.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
Luke Pither (undrafted) had a hat trick for Barrie, including scoring the OT winner for the Colts. He has seven goals in two games. Wow.
Sointu makes his North American debut ... Zador gets a win in Oshawa's season opener ... Barberio and DeCoste also in action.
Prospects and veterans both shine in an overtime win.
TB 16:52, Malone 1 (PP) (Foster, Lecavalier)
ATL 9:10, Postma 1 (Slater)
TB 4:34, St. Louis 1 (PP) (Lecavalier)
The stealth good news from these first two preseason games is that Kurtis Foster has a power play assist in each contest. If Foster can refind his groove in Tampa Bay, the Lightning will have a formidable power play which could put a playoff berth within reach.
It's never a bad thing when Vincent Lecavalier starts off the year with a multi-point night either.
Carter Ashton had 2 shots in 10:43 in his first big audition for a roster spot.
Zenon Konopka wasted all of 3 seconds before he dropped the gloves tonight and finished with a pair of brawls in 6:55.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:07. He was also 50% on draws.
Blair Jones had 1 shot and 2 hits in 14:12.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:59.
And, finally, Victor Hedman topped 27 minutes of ice time again tonight registering 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 27:04. This young man is the truth, folks. He's started his pro career by playing over 54 minutes over the span of 72 hours, and handled it with seeming ease.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 9
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM
The Eastern Conference favorite Colts started their season off with a bang by crushing Owen Sound 9-1. The game was well out of hand by the time the third period started as the Colts were sitting back on an 8-1 lead. Hutchings, who has led the Colts in scoring the last two seasons, had a relatively quiet opener, notching just an assist. Luke Pither (undrafted) had 4 goals for Barrie.
Defending OHL and Memorial Cup champion Windsor also started their season Thursday, but a depleted Spits squad lost 6-5 to rival Plymouth in a shootout. Windsorâ€™s Richard Panik was in Tampa preparing for tonightâ€™s exhibition game for the Lightning. Both Barrie and Windsor are predicted to run away with their respective conference titles.