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Another Night, Another Hatter

Apparently trying to keep pace with fellow Lightning prospect Stanislav Lascek for the goal-scoring lead among Lightning prospects, Justin Keller had a hattrick Wednesday night as Kelowna beat up on Swift Current, 6-3. However, Keller one-upped Lascek in that his was a natural hatter. Starting at the 4:40 mark of the third period - and down 3-2 in the game - Keller scored three straight goals to give the Rockets the lead. A teammate would add an empty netter to get the 6-3 final score. Keller now has 24 goals on the year, one behind Lascek. Keller's 41 points in 31 games are good enough for fifth place in the WHL, 13 points behind Moose Jaw Warrior Troy Brouwer. He is third in the league in goals.

Game Night 12/14: Lightning at Ducks

To hear Anaheim's announcers tell it, they just won the Stanley Cup. TB-2 ANH-4 John Grahame stopped 3 of 32 in the loss. The Lightning as a team just never really seemed to get their legs under them. Paul Ranger played 14:42 of even rating hockey registering one hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 8:38 of ice time. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020454.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Rosno Cup Begins Tomorrow

The Russian leg of the four country Euro Tour will begin tomorrow with the Rosno Cup. Four Lightning properties will be featured in this year's tournament including goaltender Fredrik Norrena of Finland, left wing Anton But of Russia, and left wing Jimmie Olvestad and defenseman Andreas Holmqvist of Sweden. In tomorrow's games, the Czech Republic will face Finland while Russia will open in Moscow against Sweden.

Lascek Does It Again

Stanislav Lascek wasn't happy with not registering a point in Chicoutimi's last game - a 2-1 loss in Lewiston. Scouts can tell a lot from a prospect by how they respond to “adversity.” Lascek responded to the tune of five points. Tuesday night, Chicoutimi faced off against Rimouski for the third time since November 29 and the result was no different - the Sagueneens beat L'Oceanic, this time 7-3. Chicoutimi also won 4-2 on December 9 and 7-5 on November 29. Lascek and Rimouski's Mark Tobin both hit the scoresheet and all three games. This time, however, Lascek almost single-handedly beat Rimouski.

No Surprises: Trio of Lightning Prospects Make Team Slovakia for U-20 World Junior Championships

The Tampa Bay Lightning will boast at least five prospects at this year's U-20 World Junior Championships as [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM0550SVK_33_1_0.html]Slovakia has announced the inclusion of three Lightning prospects on their tournament roster: Stanislav Lascek, Marek Bartanus and Vladamir Mihalik.[/url] Lascek is a returning member of the Slovakian U-20 team after posting 1 goal and 1 assist for 2 points and a +1 rating for Slovakia in last year's tournament. A member of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, Lascek currently leads that league in scoring with 22 goals and 73 points in 34 games this season. The left winger barely makes the age cut off for the tournament as he will turn 20 early next month. Making his first appearance at the U-20 tournament will be right wing Marek Bartanus. The 2005 4th round pick has struggled offensively this season with the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL posting a meager 1 goal and 4 points in 28 games with an attrotious -16 rating for the season. Last year with Slovakia's U-18 team Bartanus had 1 goal, 2 points and a -2 rating in 6 games. Also making his first U-20 appearance is mammoth defenseman Vladamir Mihalik. A member of the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, Mihalik has 2 goals and 8 points with a -9 rating in 32 games this season. Last year for Slovakia at the U-18 tournament, the 2005 1st round pick was scoreless with a +2 rating in 6 games. Slovakia's first game is scheduled for December 27th against Latvia in Kelowna.
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