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Bartanupalooza

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.

European Champions Cup Day Three

Superleague club Dynamo trounced Czech Extraliga club Parbudice 5-1 today to advance to the final match of the 2006 European Champions Cup. Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov scored his second goal of the tournament in the game. Dynamo will play SM-liiga club Karpat tomorrow in the final. The 2006 European Champion's Cup included Dynamo, Parbudice, Karpat, Davos (Swiss NLA), Slovan (Slovakian Extraliga) and Frolunda (Swedish Elitserien). Shane Willis, who plays for Davos, was scoreless in the tournament as his club went 1-1 in their two games.

Game Night 1/7: Bombers at Chiefs

To complete the trifecta of Lightning organization teams giving away leads today... DAY-4 JHN-3 (SO) This was the first of a key set of 4 straight game against Dayton for the Chiefs. Johnstown is hovering just below .500 in a pack with about 5 or 6 other teams vying for the bottom tier of playoff spots in the conference. Dayton is dead last in the division trailing the pack, so this is potentially a good springboard in the standings for the Chiefs. That's why tonight's result is so disappointing. Morgan Cey made 31 saves on 34 shots before taking the shootout loss. Adam Henrich chipped in 1G and 1A. "The Mayor", Brady Greco, had the game's opening goal assisted by Brandon Elliot. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2670]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 1/7: Crunch at Falcons

The Falcons dug deep and made sure they'd match the Lightning by wasting a 2 goal lead of their own. SYR-5 SPR-4 (SO) At least they got the point. Still, the goaltending in Springfield continues to allow 4 goals or more a game. Tonight, Coleman allowed 4 on 33 shots faced before the shootout loss. On the positive side, the Falcons' offense is showing significant signs of life. Jim Campbell returned to town with 1G and 2A while Lightning exhile Chris Dingman chipped in a pair of goals. Doug O'Brien had 2 assists and Jay Rosehill got his first AHL point with a helper. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/player.php?id=773]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Day 1/7: Lightning at Bruins

Time for Jay Feaster to make a move. This tail spin is not going to end without a change in the composition of this roster. TB-3 BOS-6 Special thanks to John Grahame and the Lightning defense for making Milan Jurcina look like Wayne Gretzky. And while we're at it, has anyone found Brad Richards yet? I realize as the chosen son he's immune to the criticism that most of the other players o the team face, but he hasn't had a point in six games. If Vinny Lecavalier goes pointless in six games this fan base starts looking for lumber to make a good crucifix. Its time for every single player on this team to take responsibility for what's happening on the ice right now. And the ones that won't or are dillusional enough to think what's happening right now will pass without some serious changes in approach need to be shown the door. Evgeny Artyukhin, as a silver lining, had a goal and an assist in the game. In 11:20 he had 2 shots on goal, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. Unfortunately he was on the ice for two Boston goals and finished even. Paul Ranger was also even in 12:34 of ice time with 1 shot, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Ryan Craig, in what may be a validation of my worst fears about his skating potentially making him a defensive liability, was -5 in 13:40 of ice time. Details of the travesty on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020614.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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