Unfortunately, this is the team we have right now: the kind of team that can lose a game (in essence) 1-0.
Mike Smith took the tough loss allowing 1 goal on 22 shots. Smith also stopped a Peter Sykora penalty shot in the game.
1. Pittsburgh, 17:13, Talbot (13), (Dupuis, Crosby)
2. Pittsburgh, 19:55, Malkin (38), (Talbot)
This is a one line team right now, and the Lightning needs to seriously re-tool their second line in the offseason, particularly at the center position now that Richards is gone.
BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round
Game 3: No.4 Burnaby Express 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 4
Victoria leads Best of 5 Series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (interference)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, 2 PIM
Courtnall scored the second of three Victoria goals in the third period to help the Grizzlies turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 regulation win. The Grizzlies can end the series tonight (Tuesday) at home.
Lightning draft picks and New England Prep stars Matt Marshall (2007 - 5th round) and Alex Killorn (2007 3rd round) finished up their respective high school careers last week. Neither Nobles (Marshall) or Deerfield (Killorn) will be participating in the post-season.
Final season stats are as follows:
W/C Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 29 GP, 25-26-51
Marshall, who will attend the University of Vermont next season, had 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 4 games to end the year. As a junior, Marshall accumulated 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 27 games for Nobles.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 25 GP, 24-27-55
Killorn, who will play for Harvard next year, finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Last season Killorn had 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 23 games.
Note: Thanks to Crimson Hockey for assistance with statistical updates this year.
Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 5
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 shots on goal
Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play
Note: Mitch Fadden was recently named the second best skater in the WHL's Eastern Conference in a poll taken from team representatives.