SaiPa 4 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:36 in HPK's 4-3 shootout loss to SaiPa. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for HPK, although he failed on his lone attempt in the penalty shot session.
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 October 28, 2014 is … Adam Erne, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL – Canada).
Adam Erne is turning the QMJHL into his personal playground, and littering that playground are hats. Lots and lots of hats.
Astana 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-3-10, -1, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had his goal scoring streak snapped at 3 games in 16:46 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 overtime win over Barys Astana. His 4 shots were a team high for Yugra in the victory. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had the overtime winner on the power play.
Kazan 0 vs. Magnitogorsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 22/22, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 22 GP, 14-2-4, 3 SO, 1.41 GAA, .948 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 22 shots he faced for his third shutout of the year to best Anders Nilsson and Ak Bars Kazan 1-0. Danis Zaripov scored his 13th goal of the season for the lone goal of the match.
Mytischi 2 vs. Vladivostok 3 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 21:20 of ice time as Vladivostok nipped Mytischi 3-2 in Overtime. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a helper in defeat for Mytischi.
Last season the Lightning had unprecedented success in establishing a rookie class at the NHL level, the likes of which may never be seen again. While that group continues on up top in Tampa Bay, the rest of the Lightning organization is left with the charge to reload rather than rebuild. With extra picks in the top-60 in the June draft this past summer, and more on the way next summer, the team has the ammunition to accomplish that goal. Plus, the results of this fall's camp showed the team may have had underrated strength in their remaining prospects with unexpected players making the club in the exhibition season. With all these factors put together, Bolt Prospects' staff has completed its fall tradition: the Preliminary Rankings for the 2014-2015 season.
Wichita Thunder 5 at Tulsa Oilers 6 OT
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Fans in Tulsa were treated to four netminders in this 11-goal OT lamplighter. Milan was credited with a secondary assist on Wichita's third goal for his first point of the young season, seeing time on both the power play and the penalty kill.
Florida Everblades 3 at Orlando Solar Bears 2 OT
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 62:30 MIN, 2 GA, 26 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-1-0-1, 2.56 GAA, 0.881 SV%
Adam York stopped 26 goals as the Everblades mounted a spirited third period comeback to force overtime before Florida forward Adam Brace notched the short-handed OT GW'er. It was York's first win of the season. Artem Sergeev now has a point streak after Evan Bloodoff picked up a rebound from Sergeev's shot and buried the game-tying goal in the third. Kristoff Kontos, son of former Bolt Chris Kontos, opened the scoring for Orlando in the second period. Kontos, 20, is playing in his first professional season after signing a contract with the Solar Bears earlier this month. He was born 14 months after his father was forever etched in Lightning lore by scoring 4 goals in the Bolt's first ever NHL game as a franchise on Oct 7, 1992. It says quite a bit about a hockey organization that failed to mention that Kristoff's father even played for the NHL team just 1.5 hours down the interstate in the press release about signing Kontos, choosing instead to highlight his playing time with the LA Kings and Wayne Gretzy. Draw your own conclusions.