Ramo, Karri

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: November

We'd like to thank the INS for making sure this month's winner got called up today in honor of winning the award.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 11/20-11/26

Sooner or later, Chris Lawrence is going to win this award given how well he is playing (2 GP, 2-3-5, 2 PIM, +1 this week). But it was time for the first back-to-back winner of the award this week.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 11/13-11/19

Gerald Coleman (2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.51 GAA, .945 sv%) and Adam Henrich (3 GP, 2-5-7, 4 PIM, +6) both put together outstanding weeks for Johnstown, but there's no doubt in my mind this week's winner was the most valuable player of his team for the past seven days.

AHL Game Night 10/14: Falcons at N. Admirals

Ouch. SPR-1 NOR-8 Sean Burke allowed 5 goals on 14 shots for the loss before being lifted for [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] who allowed 3 on 17. Jared Aulin scored the lone Falcons goal. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] was a scratch for Springfield. It should also be noted Ramo got multiple penalties for leaving the crease and initiating a fight with Admirals goaltender Sebastien Caron in a bloody and fight marred third period. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002266]TheAHL.com.[/url] Following this disasterous effort I expect some changes might be made before next weekend's batch of game. It was already a likelihood that some of the lower line/healthy scratches like [url=andre-deveaux]Deveaux[/url], [url=adam-henrich]Henrich[/url] or [url=zbynek-hrdel]Hrdel[/url] might be on their way down for Johnstown's opener, but given the strong play of [url=stanislav-lascek]Lascek[/url] and [url=radek-smolenak]Smolenak[/url] in the Chiefs' preseason games this weekend, now might be the time for Springfield to entertain more wholesale changes.

AHL Game Night 10/13: Falcons at N. Admirals

Third period collapse drops the Falcons to 1-1. SPR-3 NOR-6 [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] allowed 4 goals in the span of 3:45 in the third period as the Falcons imploded in their second game of the season. Ramo stopped 28 of 34 shots faced in the loss. Eric Healey led the way offensively for the Falcons scoring two goals while rookie [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] added 2 assists in the game. Zdenek Blatny scored the team's other goal, on the power play, while Jared Aulin and [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] had individual helpers. Game sheet from [url=http://stats.theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002252]TheAHL.com[/url].

Ramo in Lake Placid

Saturday brought to a close [url=http://www.usahockey.com/international/main_site/main/home/05eval_scorers_goal///]USA Hockey's U-20 junior evaluation camp[/url] and it's four team round robin featuring a split squad of American juniors going up against U-20 teams from Finland and Sweden. Finland's team happened to feature Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo, who lost what essentially amounted to two one goal games. In the opening game of the tournament Ramo stopped 32 of 36 shots before USA Blue tacked on an empty net goal to skate away with a 5-3 win. In the final game of the tournament, Ramo stopped 31 of 34 shots losing a tight 3-2 decision to USA White. Ramo's tandem mate Aleksis Ahlqvist started the other two games of the tournament falling 4-0 to USA White and 5-0 to USA Blue. Finland finished last in the tournament with the most anemic offensive attack of the round robin managing to scratch out only 5 goals of support in 4 games for their netminders. Ramo will now return to SM-liiga club HPK where he is expected to backup Miika Wiikman this season. He should also be considered a strong favorite to make Team Finland for this year's World Junior Championships behind Ilves' Tuukka Rask.

Offseason Transfers

Big news came down today from [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.ru/main.php?lang=e] tampabaylightning.ru[/url] webmaster Alexander Chelukanov regarding reports out of Russia that Alexander Polushin has been released by CSKA and picked up by Severstal Cherepovets. With that in mind, here are some other transfers which have taken place with the Lightning's prospect system so far this summer:

Pelicans A Strike Back!

After a sour start to the Junior A playoffs that saw [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_popup.asp?ottelu_id=33339&TID=1451&ilman=true]Karri Ramo drop the first game of the series 7-2[/url], Ramo and Pelicans A struck back today to tie the series at 1-1. Buoyed by a [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/finhockey2/sjl_tulospalvelu_popup.asp?ottelu_id=33343&TID=1451&ilman=true]first star performance that saw Ramo stop 31 of 32 shots, Pelicans A beat TPS A 2-1 today to even the best of five.[/url] Game Three is slated for tomorrow, March 7th. Ramo's resiliance in staking his team to a very important 2-1 win was undeniable today. Many young goaltenders' confidence and focus might have been shattered after seeing a shutout streak of 194:51 dissolve into a horrendous 4 goal third period like the one Ramo faced in Game One against TPS A. However, just as Ramo has already proven he has the advanced maturity to compete at the SM-liiga level this season, he proved today he also has the maturity to put aside a bad loss and once again elevate his game when the chips are down. Now with the series knotted up the Cinderella Pelicans A have shortened their series against second seed TPS A into a best of three where anything can happen.

Ramo Carries Pelicans A Into Playoffs

February had been a tough month for Karri Ramo. Despite his [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/node/116]solid performance at the Five Nations U-19 tournament for Finland[/url], playing behind the worst team in the SM-liiga finally began to take its toll. For the entire month of January the 18 year old netminder from Asikkala gave the pittiful Pelicans a chance to win every night out. But as the days of February began to wane, so too did Karri Ramo's stats. By the end, [url=http://www.sm-liiga.fi/tilasto.asp?otsake1=Kausi+2004%] Ramo had slipped to 27th in the league in save percentage posting a .898 mark with a 3.98 GAA.[/url] Meanwhile down in Junior A a death struggle for playoff position was on as Tapparra A, Pelicans A, Jokerit A and Lukko A all battled to claim the final two spots on the table and the right to move on to the Junior A postseason. With Lahti's SM-liiga season long since doomed and Ramo's confidence fading, the Pelicans decided to send their prized young goaltender back to junior to save the junior team's sagging playoff fortunes. Ramo did not disappoint.
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