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Ryan Craig's Graduation Day

Bolt Prospects moves a player to graduated status if they play in 41 or more games in one season or if they play 82 or more total combined NHL games. Already this season the Lightning have graduated two players: Paul Ranger and Evgeny Artyukhin. Within the next couple of weeks they should be joined by a third. With 36 NHL games under his belt, Ryan Craig is just 5 appearances away from bidding adieu to prospect status and establishment as a full time NHLer. Presuming he plays in every game until then (knock on wood) Ryan Craig will graduate from prospect status on Monday, April 3rd at home against the Florida Panthers. Craig, like Artyukhin and Ranger before him, will remain on our Midterm Rankings until Bolt Prospects releases our final 2005-2006 rankings at the conclusion of the Memorial Cup tournament once all Lightning prospects' seasons have come to a close.

NCAA Tournament Tonight: 3/24

[b]Worcester, MA Region[/b] Boston College defeated Miami of Ohio 5-0 to advance to the round of eight against rival Boston University. Joe Pearce did not play. [b]Grand Forks, ND Region[/b] In a major upset, Minnesota fell to Holy Cross 4-3 in overtime. The game was the final of PJ Atherton's college career. The defenseman was scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in the game. He will now be available for the Lightning to sign early if the team chooses. Stay tuned. Matt Smaby was scoreless as North Dakota easily dispatched Michigan 5-1. North Dakota advances to play Holy Cross in the quarterfinal round. TOMORROW: In the Albany, NY region, Mike Lundin and Maine will take on Harvard at 3pm ET.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/24

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek had 1 goal and 1 assist as Chicoutimi snuck by Baie-Comeau 5-4 in overtime. Lascek was named third star of the game. Chicoutimi takes a 1-0 series lead. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak had two assists as Kingston roared from behind to defeat Sudbury 5-3. Kevin Beech stopped 34 of 39 in the loss. Kingston takes a 1-0 series lead. Marek Bartanus scored his first career OHL playoff goal to help Owen Sound topple Kitchener 3-2. Owen Sound takes a 1-0 series lead. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Brandon 5-1. With a goal and an assist, Blair Jones was named third star of the game. With 46 seconds remaining in the third period, Justin Keller received a secondary assist on Lauris Darzins' tying goal to send game one of their season into overtime. Unfortunately, Kootenay scored 27 seconds into the second overtime to defeat Kelowna 3-2 and take a 1-0 series lead.

Game Night 3/24: Chiefs at Royals

I doubt Gabe Winer ever saw this many shots in college. JHN-4 REA-5 (OT) Gabe Winer stopped 46 of 51 shots faced in the loss. Dennis Packard registered 2 assists while Andre Deveaux and Adam Henrich each had 1 assist. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3079]ECHL.com.[/url]

Falcons Recall Andress

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2956.shtml]have also recalled defenseman Doug Andress from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] Andress has 6 goals and 36 points in 59 games this season. He also had a brief stint with Omaha of the AHL earlier this season.
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