The Lightning prospects finished dead last in the Traverse City prospects tournament today, losing the 7th place game to the Dallas Stars' prospects 6-5 in a shootout.
Goaltender Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on just 20 shots before surrendering 2 on 7 attempts in the shootout session. Helenius dropped to 0-2-1 for the tournament.
Mike Lundin paced the Lightning with a pair of goals including a dramatic talley with 2 seconds left in the game and the goaltender pulled to force overtime. Mitch Fadden and Stanislav Lascek each had 1 goal and 1 assist while tryout invitee Jason Reese chipped in 2 assists. Dusty Collins had the other Lightning goal. Ian Duval, Radek Smolenak, and Vladimir Mihalik added individual helpers.
Smolenak finishes the tournament as the Lightning's leader in scoring with 7 points in 4 games while Fadden, Lundin, and Mihalik all finish tied for second with 4 points each.
The Lightning prospects allowed 3 unanswered third period goals tonight to fall to the Atlanta Thrashers' prospects 6-4. The Lightning now finish the round robin phase of the tournament 0-3 and will play in the 7th place game.
Forward Radek Smolenak had 1 goal and 2 assists in the game to continue his track record of success at Traverse City. Center Mitch Fadden struck for 1 goal and 1 assist in the game for his first points of the tournament. Tryout forward Daine Todd and defenseman Vladimir Mihalik had the Lightning's other goals. Dane Crowley, Mike Lundin, and Chris Lawrence added individual helpers.
Netminder Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots before being pulled late in the game for the extra attacker.
Smolenak is now tied for 2nd among all scorers in the tournament. The Lightning and Stars prospects will face off tomorrow at 2 pm in the 7th place game.
At the start of the week I blogged about a number of questions about the Lightning's prospects that would begin to be answered at the Traverse City tournament. Unfortunately, half way through the tournament, the early reviews are not good:
Just some quick thoughts of mine going into this week's tournament:
Redwingscentral has released their copy of the Lightning's Traverse City roster with only a few minor amendments to the roster released by Erik Erlendsson of the Trib. As expected, Windsor forward John Kurtz will suit up for the Red Wings instead of the Lightning and defenseman Justin Fletcher will replace injured enforcer Arthur Femenella.
The Lightning prospects' first official practice is slated for Friday at 11 am with their first game action coming that night at 7 pm against the New York Rangers' prospects.