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Goertzen: Mihalik Impressive in TC Debut

Lightning Head Scout Jake Goertzen, fresh off watching his prospects dismantle Atlanta’s prospects 5-3 Tuesday night, said 2005 first round pick Vladimir Mihalik looked “impressive” with his Tampa Bay teammates. Goertzen complimented Mihalik’s skating ability, decision making, and heavy shot. “He played with a lot of poise,” said Goertzen of the 6’8 ½”, 234 pound Slovakian defenseman. Goertzen also singled out the play of 2005 pick Marek Kvapil, saying he “attracted a lot of attention with his nifty moves.” Kvapil, who opened the scoring for Tampa Bay against Atlanta, was signed this summer after being a sixth round selection in July’s NHL Entry Draft. A 25 goal scorer last season for OHL Saginaw, Kvapil could provide offense to Springfield and/or Johnstown this season.

Lightning Prospects Top Atlanta

In the opening game of the 2005 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects beat their Atlanta counterparts 5-3. The Lightning were paced by Kelowna Rockets winger Justin Keller, who [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/content.cfm?category=3&pageid=1358]scored two goals[/url] and newly signed Notre Dame Fighting Irish goaltender Morgan Cey, who stopped 28 shots. The Lightning also got goals from recently signed Marek Kvapil, Traverse City veteran Adam Henrich, and Moose Jaw center Blair Jones. Both Kvapil and Jones, taken in the 2005 draft, scored shorthanded. Assists were earned by Zbynek Hrdel, Brandon Elliott, Jay Rosehill, and 2004 first rounder Andy Rogers.

Ceske Pojistovna Cup: Final Round

Sweden shut out Finland 2-0 today to complete a three game sweep of their round robin and claim the Ceske Pojistovna Cup. Lightning defenseman prospect Andreas Holmqvist once again played on the first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson while Jimmie Olvestad's line was moved up from third to second line duty. Finishing second on the table was Russia, which finished out their tournament by defeating the Czech Republic 2-1. Russia scored two goals late in the third period including one by former Lightning winger Alexander Kharitonov to steal the win away in front of a hostile pro-Czech home crowd.

Ceske Pojistovna Cup: Day Two

Winger Jimmie Olvestad scored a goal and an assist as Sweden toppled the Czech Republic 5-3. Once again, Lightning prospect Andreas Holmqvist played on Sweden's first pairing with veteran Kenny Jonsson. And, in the early game, Russia defeated Finland 4-1. Anton But assumed playing time on Russia's second line and former Lightning player Alexander Kharitonov chipped in an assist in the victory.

Alexeev Held Scoreless in Blinov Memorial

Novosibirsk defeated Avangard Omsk 3-2 Thursday to claim victory in the Blinov Memorial Tournament. Disappointingly, Lightning prospect Nikita Alexeev failed to score in four games for Omsk. The left wing accrued four penalty minutes on the tournament but continued his scoresheet futility. In the last two tournaments Alexeev has just a mere one assist in eight games.
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