Remarkably, Mark Tobin survived today's QMJHL trade deadline which passed at noon. The left winger scored his 18th goal of the season today for Rimouski in a 6-2 defeat to St. John's. Rimouski is currently dead last in the 18 team QMJHL and has won just 8 games all season, making their decision to hold onto the veteran Tobin surprising to say the least.
Moscow Dynamo won the 2006 European Champions Cup today knocking off Finnish club Karpat 5-4 in a shootout on an Igor Mirnov goal. Lightning prospects Albert Vishnyakov and Dimitry Kazionov were scoreless in the contest.
The implosion of youthful Lada Togliatti appears to be on in full force. Lada fell 4-1 today to Spartak Moscow as Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals before Spartak added an empty net goal in the third. Koshechkin's record slides to 14-9-3 on the year.
It's been a tough transition to North American hockey for Marek Bartanus. Prior to his trip to the World Junior Championships he had a, frankly, miserable 4 points in 31 games for Owen Sound. We were afraid that perhaps Bartanus was going to shatter Aaron Lobb's record for being the worst 4th round Lightning draft pick in recent memory. He wasn't even originally on the final Slovakian team roster and, at first, was passed over for the team by a couple of guys in the NAHL.
However, there's a hint of Bartanumentum in the air. Bartanus did manage to score a goal in Slovakia's final game at the WJC's, a 3-3 tie with Switzerland. Thursday, in his first game back with Owen Sound, he assisted on a Scott Tregunna goal in a 5-3 loss to Windsor. Tonight, he assisted on Matthew Kang's game winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Saginaw. Rare have been the times this season when Bolt Prospects has been able to heap accolades on Marek, so from now until Wednesday when Owen Sound plays Guelph, we're declaring Bartanupalooza on the site, a hopefully not fleeting celebration of Bartanus' in progress scoring streak. Here's to you and the second half of this OHL season, Marek Bartanus.