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Game Night 12/15: Lightning at Coyotes

And R2 started the first minor riot of his NHL career. TB-3 PHX-1 Curtis Joseph kept this one respectable, but the Lightning were in control throughout and could've easily won this game 5 or 6 to 1. It was a very nice reversal from last night's debacle in Anaheim. Evgeny Artyukhin made quite an impression in his 10:24 of ice time which included a third period incident where he bumped Dave Scatchard and sent him flying into the boards which prompted Jamie Lundmark of the Coyotes to jump on Artyukhin's back in immediate retaliation. A couple of short punches by Artyukhin later while on the ice, and R2 was ushered off to the showers with a major for boarding and a minor for roughing. Paul Ranger, who has seen his ice time decreasing slowly of late, had 12:59 of playing time. The biggest chunk of minutes lost have come on the power play where Ranger only had 13 seconds of ice time tonight. He did have a glorious opportunity at even strength jumping into the play in the first period tonight to take a cross ice pass and send a low wrister just wide far post on Curtis Joseph. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020464.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/14: Titans at Chiefs

Apologies on the tardiness of this post on last night's game and congratulations to Jonathan Boutin on two straight shutouts. TRE-0 JHN-1 Jonathan Boutin stopped 37 of 37 shots faced for his second straight shutout. Justin Kelly scored the game winning goal in the second period assisted by Adam Henrich and Gerard Dicaire. Johnstown was outshot 37 to 17, but Boutin stole the two points. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2554]ECHL.com.[/url]

Finland/Russia Prevail on Opening Day of Rosno Cup

Team Finland scored a dramatic come from behind shootout victory today to defeat the Czech Republic 3-2 in their opening match of the Rosno Cup. Netminder Fredrik Norrena stopped 25 of 27 shots faced before defeating former Togliatti goaltender Adam Svoboda in penalty shots. Meanwhile, home team Russia defeated Team Sweden 3-1. Anton But, who played the game as a third line right winger, was on the ice in the final minute and potted an empty net goal with 35 seconds left to seal the win. For Sweden, Andreas Holmqvist played on the team's 4th pairing while Djurgardens forward Jimmie Olvestad played third line left wing. Both were scoreless with 2 penalty minutes on the game.

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]
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