Lightning prospect Luca Cunti took a first step in salvaging an otherwise lost season making his USHL debut last night with the Chicago Steel. Cunti recorded an assist and was +1 in his debut as Chicago was victorious 6-3 over Green Bay.
Chicago and Green Bay play again tonight in Chicago for the 2nd half of the home-and-home series.
Great Lakes Invitational
#2 Michigan 6 vs. Providence 0
D Mich. Kevin Quick 0-0-0, 1 SOG, +1
Michigan (17-2-0) was outshot 50-21, yes I said outshot, and came away with a win. Wolverines goalie Billy Sauer, a Colorado prospect, earned the shutout. Michigan faces Michigan Tech(7-8-2) in the final on Saturday night. The Huskies upset #5 Michigan State 4-1.
You know it's bad when the Lightning can't muster a win against the Flyers.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 22 shots in the game including one on a first period penalty shot. I thought the fourth goal was on Ramo (his first bad goal since being recalled), otherwise he played reasonably well.
Philadelphia 19:04, Mike Knuble 11 (power play) (Jeff Carter, Joffrey Lupul)
Philadelphia 0:31, Scott Hartnell 6 (power play) (Braydon Coburn, Joffrey Lupul)
Philadelphia 4:17, Kimmo Timonen 5 (Daniel Briere, R.J. Umberger)
Tampa Bay 8:08, Vaclav Prospal 17 (Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis)
The Florida Everblades spoiled Mississippi's homecoming after a 30-day, 10 game road trip by defeating the Sea Wolves 5-4 in a shootout on Friday night. The Wolves scored three third period goals to knot the game in regulation including Lightning prospect Stan Lascek's 4th marker of the season at 3:06 of the 3rd. Lascek fired a game-high 10 shots at the Blades netminder.
Just not a fun time to be a Lightning fan right now.
Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on 31 shots in the loss.
HER Hunt, (4) (Motzko), 6:31 (SH)
HER MacMillan, (1) (Gordon, Robitaille), 8:06
NOR Hrdel, (2) (Stewart, Jancevski), 14:28 (SH)
HER McNeill, (1) (Bourque, Clymer), 4:34
HER Barney, (5) (Wilson, Clymer), 14:40
Box score from TheAHL.com.