The Springfield Falcons have announced the signing of winger Dave Spina to a professional tryout contract.
Spina, 21, has spent the first part of the season with South Carolina of the ECHL where he notched 7 goals in 11 games. Prior to that Spina played 8 games with Utah of the AHL after finishing up an impressive junior career with Boston College of the Hockey East conference where he had his career season as a sophomore with 17 goals and 37 points in 37 games. Spina, who is 5'11" 185 lbs. is a good skater who is expected to contribute offensively for the Falcons.
Before the last of the Superleague scores for the day come in and we begin reporting on the Lightning's prospects in this new post-November trade period environment, I would just like to take a moment to recognize what Vasily Koshechkin did prior to this point. No single Lightning prospect will be more negatively effected by the massive salary dump that took place in Togliatti over the past two weeks. Koshechkin now faces the prospect of playing behind a glorified Upper League team. Whatever comes though the rest of the season, it should not diminish what Koshechkin was able to do in the last month.
Prior to today's games, Koshechkin was 7-2-1 with a 0.82 GAA and a .960 save percentage. Both of the latter led the league. And, with 6 shutouts, Koshechkin was also tied with Travis Scott of Magnitogorsk for tops in that statistical category as well. 6 shutouts in 9 games, no matter what happens from here on out, will be a feat perhaps never to be duplicated by a Lightning prospect at the elite league level. So, Bolt Prospects takes a hat off to you Vasily.
Justin Keller scored his 14th goal of the year for the Kelowna Rockets Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as Kelowna fell in overtime to rival Kootenay, 3-2. Keller was plus-one for the game. Also Tuesday night, Prince George dropped a 5-2 decision to Medicine Hat. Andy Rogers, who has missed 6 of the Cougar's last 8 games with an ankle injury, again did not see the ice. An injury has not been confirmed as of yet, as there is speculation he could be suspended for a checking-from-behind penalty and subsequent ejection from Prince George's last game.
At least they got a point out of it...
There's no good way to blow a two goal third period lead and Sean Burke wears the goat horns in my books for Ovechkin's tying goal. The young man will be given a lot of plaudits for the play he made, but in my opinion there's absolutely no reason for Burke to allow a short side backhand goal from that angle. None. In past games there was a lack of timely goal scoring. I lay blame for the lack of that timely save tonight.
Among the rookies, Paul Ranger's ice time slowly continues to creep upward. Tonight he once again broke the 18 minute mark and was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 shots blocked. I thought he was very good tonight. Evgeny Artyukhin finished with a minus as he was on the ice for Ovechkin's game tying goal. In 9:22 of ice time they only credited him with 2 hits. He seemed more active to me.
Game sheet from NHL.com.