Andreas Holmqvist is playing like a man possessed.
Linkopings took a commanding 3-0 lead in their opening round Elitserien playoff series today defeating Lulea 2-1. Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist led the way scoring a goal on a 2-man power play advantage and adding a power play assist. Through three playoff games Holmqvist leads Linkopings in scoring with 2 goals, 5 points, 2 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. Game Four of the series is slated for Monday.
With Holmqvist playing so well, it's likely Holmqvist will earn a spot on the Swedish World Championships team and could see a considerable amount of ice time for a young Elitserien player. A good World Championships might very well clinch a contract with the Lightning who are not only short on offensive defensemen in the system but also short on right handed defensemen. The fit looks good and the time might be right to bring Andreas back to North America.
Mississauga 6 @ Toronto 5 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence scored his 43rd goal of the season to help the Mississauga IceDogs to a 6-5 shootout win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors. Lawrence had an even rating for the game and did not participate in the shootout.
Plymouth 5 @ Erie 1
Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay got the start for Erie, his second straight after relieving Beech in a game last weekend. The Otters were harpooned by the Whalers, 5-1. PETA is investigating.
Kamloops 1 @ Prince George 8
Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point and finished plus-2 in the Cougars 8-1 drubbing of the Kamloops Blazers Friday night.
Everett 3 @ Portland 0
Dane Crowley had an assist for Everett in the 'Tips 3-0 shutout win over last-place Portland. Crowley was plus-1. With Medicine Hat's overtime loss to Swift Current, the Silvertips now hold a 4 point lead (109-105) over the Tigers in the overall WHL standings. Everett has two games in hand on Medicine Hat.
UMass 3 - Maine 2
Game 1, HEast Tournament - Round 1
John Wessbecker's first goal of his collegiate career, scored when the sophomore jumped into the rush and finished off a 2 on 1, proved to be a huge one as he was credited with the game-winning goal in the first game of the best of three series with Maine. He finished a plus-1.
Black Bear's defenseman Mike Lundin recorded an assist in the game and finished even. Game two is tonight in Amherst.
Michigan 4 - Northern Michigan 1
Game 1, CCHA Tournament - Round 2
Dusty Collins was scoreless and a minus-1 in the opening game of the best of three series with the Wolverines. Game two is tonight in Ann Arbor.
In the final round of the Russian Superleague's regular season...
Evgeny Artyukhin did not play in Yaroslavl's 4-4 tie with Nizhnekamsk.
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Dynamo's 5-3 win over Novosibirsk.
Anton But was scoreless in SKA's 2-0 loss to Salavat Yulayev.
Dimitri Kazionov did not play in Kazan's 3-1 loss to Amur.
Vasily Koshechkin made 22 saves in Togliatti's 2-1 overtime win against CSKA. Koshechkin finishes the regular season at the unofficial Bolt Prospects talley of 19-14-5.
Gerald Coleman gets some small measure of revenge.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 34 shots in the loss. Daniel Corso and PJ Atherton had the Falcons goals. Individual assists belonged to Matt Smaby, Norm Milley, Dan Cavanaugh and Justin Keller. Tonight's game turned on a 5 minute high sticking penalty in the second period on Marek Kvapil which Portland cashed in on twice to assume a lead they never relenquished the rest of the way.
SPR Corso, (15) (Smaby, Milley), 6:53 (PP)
POR Carter, (11) (Salcido, Wilson), 7:06 (PP)
POR Salcido, (6) (Carter, Wilson), 8:52 (PP)
POR Keith, (10) (Hartigan, Weinrich), 9:45 (PP)
SPR Atherton, (2) (Cavanaugh, Keller), 7:37
POR Hartigan, (25) , 13:16
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.