Kevin Beech made his first start for Erie tonight in London and stopped 32 shots, but took the loss as the Otters were soundly beaten, 5-3. The Knights outshot the Otters 37-23 in the game, including 21-6 in the second period.
Chris Lawrence returned to Sault Ste. Marie and scored his 25th goal of the year, but the Ice Dogs fell to the Greyhounds 7-3.
Vladimir Mihalik is not in the lineup tonight for Prince George.
Dane Crowley made his Everett Silvertips debut, however the 'Tips dropped a 3-1 decision to Portland.
According to several news sources and everettsilvertips.com, Lightning prospect Dane Crowley was traded by the Swift Current Broncos to the Everett Silvertips yesterday. This is the second season in a row the defenseman has been traded, having been sent from Saskatoon to Swift Current last season. Crowley was an assistant captain for the Broncos.
Crowley was tied for 5th on the Broncos in scoring with 4 goals and 15 assists for 19 points in 33 games this season.
"Dane will bring valuable leadership and experience to our blueline this season," said Silvertips VP/General Manager Doug Soetaert. "He brings a good right handed shot from the point and will add quality depth to our defense corps."
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 8, 2007:
Teams: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (19-17-5; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
2006-07: 30 Games Played; 4-12-16, -4, 35 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Sudbury Wolves (18-16-6; 3rd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
2006-07: 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06: 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga Ice Dogs (24-13-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
2006-07: 35 Games Played; 24-25-49, +20, 70 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with Sault Ste. Marie/Mississauga)
Western Hockey League
Defense, Swift Current Broncos (21-19-2; 2nd of 6 in East Division)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
2006-07: 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2005-06: 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM (with Saskatoon/Swift Current)
Defense, Prince George Cougars (15-19-5; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
2006-07: 24 Games Played; 3-9-12, -4, 40 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Chris Lawrence scored his 24th goal of the year and added two assists to help Mississauga to a 4-2 home win over Oshawa this afternoon. He was also plus-1. The 6-4 winger opened the game with a power play goal before adding a power play assist with 5 minutes left in the second period. He then set up fellow winger Jadran Beljo with 6 seconds left in the middle period to give the Ice Dogs a 4-1 lead.
Marek Bartanus has yet to join Owen Sound following the conclusion of the WJCs in Sweden. The Attack fell at home to Kingston tonight 4-3.
Kevin Beech had a good showing for the second night in a row - but Beech and Sudbury lost in a shootout for the second night in a row. Beech stopped 30 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime before stopping 1 of 2 attempts in the shootout. The Wolves went 0 for 3 in the shootout and Sault Ste. Marie took the win, 2-1. Sudbury's Patrik Lusnak had scored with 2 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Beech was named the game's second star for his efforts.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley and Swift Current fell 6-2 on the road in Regina, one night after crushing the Pats 9-0 in Swift Current. Crowley, who had a goal last night, was scoreless tonight with a minus-1 rating and had an early first period fighting major vs. Mike Reich. Reich earned a 10-minute misconduct in addition to a fighting major.
There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...