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OHL Season Begins

The 2005-06 Ontario Hockey League season got underway last night when Paul Mara's alma mater, the Plymouth Whalers, beat Marek Kvapil's former team, the Saginaw Spirit, 7-2. It looks like Saginaw is in for a long year once again. A Lightning member in Traverse City this year, Spirit defenseman Steve Whitely, was minus-two for the game. Tonight, September 22, Lightning prospects get into action as Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack visit the Barrie Colts. Bartanus had a goal in Owen Sound's final exhibition game and is expected to provide offense in his first season in North America. Bartanus, a fourth round pick of the Bolts this year, had 14 goals and 14 assists in 34 games for HC Kosice in the Slovakia junior league last year.

Lightning Announce First Cuts

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced 20 cuts from their training camp roster. The following players have been returned to their junior clubs: LW Justin Keller, Kelowna (WHL) D Vladimir Mihalik, Red Deer (WHL) The following prospects have been sent to Springfield of the AHL: G Jonathan Boutin G Morgan Cey G Gerald Coleman D Mike Egener LW Brandon Elliott D Brady Greco LW Adam Henrich RW Zbynek Hrdel LW Norm Milley LW Dennis Packard D Paul Ranger RW Darren Reid D Jay Rosehill C Jean-Francois Soucy C John Toffey The following professional veterans have been assigned to Springfield of the AHL: RW Jim Campbell LW Mitch Fritz D Harlan Pratt

Tobin Scoreless in Rimouski Loss

Mark Tobin managed just two shots on goal and an even rating for Rimouski in a 3-2 Tuesday night loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Tobin continues to receive solid ice time for a depleted Oceanic squad. Rimouski fell to 1-2 after the loss. They play their fourth straight home game Friday vs. Gatineau.

Weekend QMJHL Wrap-up

After a slow start to their respective seasons, Lightning QMJHL prospects Mark Tobin and Stanislav Lascek had big offensive nights on Sunday as the opening weekend of the 2005-06 QMJHL season came to a close. After dropping a 5-0 decision to Quebec to start the year last Thursday, Tobin and Rimouski came back strong Sunday against Drummondville, winning 6-2. Tobin recorded two goals and an assist in the game to go along with two penalty minutes and a plus-two rating. Tobin’s first goal came five minutes into the second period and proved to be the game winner for Rimouski. He added a power play goal early in the third. L’Oceanic was outshot badly in the game, 48-22.

Ramo Strong in HPK Debut

After sitting out the first two games of the SM-liiga season behind starter Miika Wiikman, Kari Ramo made his debut appearance for HPK before a large TV audience in Finland. He did not disappoint. Ramo stopped 28 of 29 shots and was named third star of the game as HPK defeated Lukko 5-1. In addition to being recognized by the media, Ramo was also named man of the match by the fans voting via text message for the Ottelun Vakuuttaja. HPK is now 3-0 atop the SM-liiga table.
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