We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for November 24, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).
The Lightning have a key ingredient to their future success stowed away in Quebec City.
Adam Erne, one of the few true power forward prospects in the system, is too young for the AHL so the Lightning sent him back to juniors to wreak havoc on his fellow teenagers, which he is doing.
The Lightning are a smallish skill club known for their speed and tenacity. Erne (6-1, 218) will provide more size in the lineup to balance out the likes of Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin. He has enough skill, however, to be a prime contributor on any line rather than a complementary player whose sole role is to win wall battles and create space.
Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Omsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 25/28, 3.12 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 17-3-4, 3 SO, 1.55 GAA, .943 sv%
In his first start in roughly three weeks, Vasily Koshechkin allowed 3 goals for Magnitka in their 4-0 loss to Avangard Omsk. Ex-NHLer Alexander Perezhogin had a goal for Omsk in the win.
Khanty-Mansiysk 2 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 8-7-15, E, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a power play assist in 18:36 of ice time in Yugra's 4-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk. The point sets a new career KHL high for Gusev, whose 15 points in 28 games exceeds the 14 points he posted in 44 games last season. Ex-Syracuse Crunch forward Dan Sexton had a helper in the win for Nizhnekamsk.
Dynamo Moscow 3 vs. Mytischi 2 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-2-3, E, 16 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 23:40 in Mytischi's 3-2 shootout loss to Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo got a helper from ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums in the win.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 17-21-38, +19, 24 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec scored six unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0, winning 6-2. Erne extended his point streak to nine games with three assists. He has climbed up to sixth in the league scoring race and is fourth in plus/minus and eighth in goals.
Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sarnia Sting 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-17-23, +1, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo scored twice and moved into third place among defensemen for points, two behind the leaders, Jordan Subban (Belleville/Canucks) and Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa/2015).
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 5-7-12, -14, 37 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin had his brief two-game goal scoring streak snapped. He has two minus-three games in his last three contests. The Petes outshot Mississauga, 41-28, but only managed one goal.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Kootenay Ice 7
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 13-20-33, +8, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw held a 3-1 lead entering the third period, but gave up six goals in the final frame – and none were empty netters. Point was credited with three assists at one point in the game, but the third was later taken away. He extended his point streak to six games.
Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary earned a split in their weekend series with Red Deer with a 6-2 win on Sunday. Thomas had his third multipoint game of the season.
Wichita Thunder 2 at Tulsa Oilers 3
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 8 PIM, 44 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 21 PIM, 12 SOG
I'm sure there's a country song in here somewhere, but Tulsa just keeps breaking Wichita's heart. CHL veteran Jon Booras scored a short-handed goal late in the 2nd period and added a power-play goal mid-way through the 3rd to secure the 3-2 Tulsa win over visiting Wichita. The Thunder play the Quad City Mallards Wednesday night for the first time this season before a three-in-three next weekend against Missouri, Allen, and Tulsa.
Nov 21: Gwinett Gladiators 4 at Florida Everblades 6
Nov 22: Gwinett Gladiators 0 at Florida Everblades 2
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM, 9 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, 2W, 120:00 MIN, 4 GA, 51 SH, 47 SV 1 SO *FIRST STAR*
Season totals: 10 GP, 8-1-0-1, 2.07 GAA, 0.914 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1gp, 1-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 16 PIM, 11 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 2-1-3, E, 7 PIM, 11 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
In a back-to-back set against Gwinett in Estero Friday and Saturday nights, the Everblades emerged with a perfect 4 points and keeping a lock on the lead in the East Division. On Friday night, the Blades rallied to scored three 3rd period goals with Jeff Costello scoring the equalizer early in the period to spur the comeback. Costello also fought Anthony Perdicaro in the 2nd and Mike Aviani instigated fisticuffs with James McEwan. Allen York turned away 26 shots for the win.
On Saturday night, Allen York got the nod in nets again and pitched a 21-shot 2-0 shutout, earning First Star honors. It was York's 2nd shutout of the season, and his 8th victory. Jeff Costello did not play. Florida next plays a back-to-back in Wheeling next weekend.
Nov 22: Missouri Mavericks 0 at Wichita Thunder 6
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG *FIRST STAR*
Season totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 7-6-13, +4, 8 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 21 PIM, 12 SOG
The floodgates finally opened for the Thunder Saturday night with 6-zip blanking of the Mavericks in Wichita. Leading the way was white-hot Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier, who scored 2 power play goals and earning First Star honors. The Thunder plays Sunday in Tulsa against the Oilers.