Lawrence, Chris

Lightning Prospects Drop Finale In Overtime

The Lightning prospects finished 0-3-1 at the Traverse City prospect tournament after falling in overtime this afternoon to the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects 6-5.

Columbus stormed out to a 3-0 first period lead before the Lightning responded with a goal from Matias Sointu off helpers from Luca Cunti and Mitch Fadden early in the second period. Luciano Aquino also scored a goal from Brady Leavold later in the period, but Columbus also notched a pair of goals of their own in the second stanza.

That set the stage for a furious third period comeback by the Lightning, which included an early goal by tryout Brett Parnham off assists from Cunti and Chris Lawrence. The Lightning then brought the game to even with a pair of power play goals midway through the third period from Aquino, off an assist from Mark Barberio, followed by an unassisted tally by Lawrence less than two minutes later.

Unfortunately, Columbus' Ryan Garlock converted a power play chance early in the extra session to finish off the Lightning's comeback hopes for good. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski fell to 0-2-1 after allowing 6 goals on 26 shots in the game. The Lightning prospects outshot Columbus 39-26 in the loss.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Lightning Drop to 0-3 At Traverse City

The Lightning fell to 0-3 at the Traverse City tournament this afternoon, dropping the matinee to the Rangers prospects 5-3.

The club fell behind 3-0 in the opening frame before Mitch Fadden scored an unassisted goal late in the second period, but the Rangers responded with two goals early in the Third Period to put the game out of reach for good. Kyle DeCoste scored an unassisted goal and captain Chris Lawrence added a late tally in garbage time from Luciano Aquino to make the final score slightly more respectable.

Goaltender Torrie Jung allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in the game, his first of the tournament. The Lightning outshot the Rangers prospects 37-30 in the losing effort.

Box score from Pointstreak.

Lawton Impressed With Lawrence, Rogers

TBL.com sat down with the Lightning's Brian Lawton following this week's Prospect Camp to get a feel for which prospects not named Stamkos raised some eyebrows. Getting special props from Lawton were Andy Rogers and Chris Lawrence.

“Chris Lawrence really surprised us, as did Andy Rogers. They are the perfect example of guys who just needed a fresh start and both responded very well. You can expect to see them in our main camp in Tampa and in exhibition games this year. We expect both of them to take a dramatic upswing in their careers.”

Lawton also praised new defensive prospect Ty Wishart acquired in the trade with San Jose for Dan Boyle. “Ty’s been a terrific surprise – he’s got such good size and mobility with strong stick and puck skills. He’s a lot further along than we thought when we made the trade for him.”

Other prospects specifically called out by Lawton include Riku Helenius, Mitch Fadden, Alex Killorn, Scott Jackson, Justin Courtnall, and Norfolk blueliner Darryl Boyle.

AHL Game Night 3/29: Monarchs at Admirals

Ads storm out to a 4-0 lead and hold on for the win.

MAN-3
NOR-4

Ryan Munce stopped 35 of 38 shots faced for the win.

First Period
NOR Kearns, (6) (Mihalik, Segal), 2:42 (PP)
NOR Lawrence, (5) (Klinkhammer), 12:36

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (15) (Bates), 0:41
NOR Kearns, (7) (Schneider, Tyrell), 6:40 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (21) (Milam, Likens), 10:18 (PP)
MCH Cliche, (9) (Kidd, Tukonen), 18:09

Third Period
MCH Meckler, (21) (Milam), 14:40 (PP)

Bracken Kearns, Jamie Bates, and Brandon Segal were named the game's three stars. Bates, 23, was signed to an ATO contract today out of Quinnipiac University. Bates scored 123 points in his 4 year career at Quinnipiac, including 34 points in 34 games this season.

Can we get the rest of the organization's forwards on what Radek Smolenak and Michel Ouellet have been eating the last month or so? Mercy.

Dana Tyrell has 3 assists now in his 5 ATO games with the Admirals. Not bad for a 19 year old.

Chris Lawrence's goal was his first since November 30, 2007. The linebackeresque forward now has 1 goal and 6 points in his last 8 games. Lawrence missed a month and a half in January and February with a shoulder injury.

Tonight's win was Norfolk's 26th of the season, two shy of Springfield's total from last season. The win gave the team their 58th and 59th points of the season, which ties the Falcons' point total from last season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night 3/22: Devils at Admirals

Ads lose a tough one late.

LOW-4
NOR-2

Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 31 shots in the loss.

First Period
LOW Vrana, (14) (Gionta, Khomutov), 4:46 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Klinkhammer, (12) , 2:32 (PEN/SH)

Third Period
NOR Segal, (9) (Tyrell, Lawrence), 3:43
LOW Bergfors, (11) , 8:22 (PP)
LOW Ryznar, (7) (Davis, Fraser), 12:40
LOW Marshall, (5) (Ryznar, Ruggeri), 19:38 (EN)

Rob Klinkhammer was named the game's second star. The young man may have earned himself an NHL contract.

Congratulations to Dana Tyrell on his second professional point in as many games.

Chris Lawrence has 4 assists in his last 5 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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