Szczechura, Paul

AHL Game Night: 11/7 Admirals at Crunch

Is this the season everything changes in the Lightning minor league system?

NOR-6
SYR-1

Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots for the win. It speaks highly on the Admirals' goaltending situation that Helenius is essentially the backup even though through three starts he has a mind-biggling 1.35 GAA and .938 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Tyrell), 0:58
NOR Lundin, (1) (Szczechura, Mihalik), 9:31 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Simek, (2) (Bochenski), 2:18
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Mihalik, Jones), 5:38
NOR Jones, (2) (Bochenski, Graham), 9:58
NOR Hall, (2) (Syroczynski, Jones), 16:49
SYR Fritsche, (2) (Mayorov, Picard), 17:51

Third Period
NO SCORING

Blair Jones, Brandon Bochenski, and Paul Szczechura were named the game's three stars.

Jones' re-emergence highlights what makes this version of the Admirals different: an unprecedented amount of forward depth. The win moves Norfolk into fourth place in the AHL East Division, and they are now just four points out of first place with a game in hand on the front-running Hershey Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/6 Admirals at Penguins

.500 and bigger and better things hopefully ahead.

NOR-2
WBS-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Parrish, (2) (Szczechura, Lundin), 2:00 (PP)
NOR Syroczynski, (1) (Hall, Karsums), 16:11

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS Bayda, (7) (Caputi, Letestu), 18:10

Tokarski, tryout Matt Syroczynski, and veteran Mark Parrish were the game's three stars. Back from the dead, Martins Karsums now has a three game points streak. Paul Szczechura and Mike Lundin are also riding three game points streaks as well.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11/3 Admirals at Moose

The Admirals got a sweep just when they needed it.

NOR-3
MTB-1

Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the win.

First Period
MTB Maxwell, (1) (Leblanc), 8:34

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (4) (Tyrell, Parrish), 9:12
NOR Karsums, (1) (Lundin), 17:38

Third Period
NOR Hall, (1) (Keller, Quick), 9:43

Dana Tyrell and Paul Szczechura were named the game's first and second stars. Martins Karsums and Adam Hall finally scored their first goals of the season. The Admirals climb back to within 1 game of .500 with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10/23 Pirates at Admirals

Finally, the Admirals start to put it all together.

POR-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 16 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Bochenski, (5) (Smolenak, Lundin), 2:44 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (6) (Szczechura, Jackson), 5:48

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (2) (Bochenski, Smolenak), 3:39
NOR Craig, (5) (Mihalik, Lundin), 7:59
POR Byron, (2) (Mancari, Generous), 9:02
POR Ennis, (5) , 11:52

Third Period
NO SCORING

Brandon Bochenski, Paul Szczechura, and Mike Lundin were the game's three stars.

There was a lot of talk about learning how to finish games coming off a road trip where Norfolk squandered leads in two of three games. Although the Admirals allowed the Pirates to cut a 4-0 lead in half in the second period, they shut the door completely in the third, allowing the Pirates just 6 shots in the final frame.

Who are you and what have you done with Vladimir Mihalik? Mihalik protected one of his teammates in the first period after a big hit by dropping the mitts, earning an instigator misconduct in the process. He then returned to the game and added a helper on Ryan Craig's goal to go with his 17 penalty minutes. New season, new Vladdy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Prospects and Stars to Highlight Lightning Pre-Season Home Opener

Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune has released the roster for the Tampa Bay Lightning's only pre-season home game Friday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. 2009 1st round draft picks Victor Hedman and Carter Ashton highlight six prospects that will get important starts in a star-filled lineup in front of an expectant home crowd. After playing 27+ minutes against Dallas Wednesday night, Hedman will get a chance to showcase why he was the #2 overall pick this summer. Ashton will line up on right wing alongside franchise center Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay on what presumes to be Tampa's top line. A heady start for the young power forward whom most believe is headed back Lethbridge for one more year of juniors. Forwards Paul Szczechura, Richard Panik and Blair Jones get their second consecutive starts after playing Wednesday against the Stars. Jones tallied the go-ahead goal in the third period before the Bolts succumbed to a shootout loss. Prospect goaltender phenom Dustin Tokarski will relieve Mike Smith for the third period and demonstrate to the home crowd as to why he won the 2008 Memorial Cup.

The expected forward lines for Friday's game are:

Alex Tanguay - Vincent Lecavalier - Carter Ashton
Ryan Malone - Steven Stamkos - Martin St. Louis
Stephane Veilleux - Paul Szczechura - Richard Panik
Zenon Konopka - Ryan Craig - Blair Jones

Joining Hedman on the blueline for a second straight game are David Hale, Kurtis Foster, and Mike Lundin. Mattias Ohlund will be making his Lightning debut and Lukas Krajicek rounds out the Bolt defensive corps. Joining Tokarski in net is Lightning #1 goalie Mike Smith in his first game action since a concussion prematurely ended his 2008-09 season.

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