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Soo Trades Lawrence to Mississauga

On Monday, the struggling Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds traded center/winger Chris Lawrence and defenseman Joshua Day to the Mississauga Ice Dogs for center Dustin Jeffrey and a 3rd round pick. Lawrence, a third round pick of the Lightning in the 2005 draft, has 3 goals and 14 assists for 17 points this season. Soo fans were expecting Lawrence, who has above-average raw skills and NHL size, to help fill the shoes of Philadelphia Flyers rookie Jeff Carter. Lawrence has struggled most of the year, and perhaps a new environment will help him reach his potential. The Ice Dogs are the second-worse team in the OHL in terms of points, just one behind Sault Ste. Marie and five in front of Oshawa. Lawrence now enters the same division as fellow Lightning prospect Kevin Beech of the Sudbury Wolves. Lawrence will see his first action for Mississauga Thursday night in Toronto. The last Lightning prospect to suit up for the Ice Dogs was defenseman/winger Brandon Elliott.

Game Night 12/6: Chiefs at Wranglers

They pretty much ran out of gas at the end of this west coast swing. JHN-0 LV-4 Johnstown was outshot a staggering 52-20 on the night. Jonathan Boutin stopped 48 shots for the loss. Johnstown finally will return home for a Friday night tilt against Reading and a typical three games in three nights. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2490]ECHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Barely Breaks a Sweat in Linkopings Win

Fredrik Norrena might've considered taking a book to the rink today as the netminder faced a mere 17 shots en route to a 4-2 victory over MODO. The Finnish born goaltender's record now improves to 14-5-2 on the season.

Karri Ramo Selected to Team Finland for WJC's

Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo [url=http://www.finhockey.fi/taustasivut/artikkeliarkisto/?num=174899]has been selected to play for Finland in the U-20 World Junior Championships.[/url] The 19 year old netminder has a 4-2-3 record this season for HPK of the SM-liiga. He currently leads the SM-liiga in GAA (1.64) and save percentage (.943). With such gaudy numbers, do not be surprised if Ramo is tapped ahead of Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick Tuukka Rask to be the Finnish team's starter in the tournament.

Rogers to Attend Team Canada WJC Selection Camp

Team Canada released their roster today for their selection camp for the U-20 World Junior Championships, and Lightning draft pick and Prince George defenseman Andy Rogers has been invited. The camp will run from December 11th to December 16th with a series of exhibition tune up games to follow. Rogers is considered somewhat of a long shot to make Canada's final roster.

Ramo Wins Key SM-liiga Matchup

HPK and Karpat squared off today in a marquee matchup between the #1 and #2 teams in the Finnish SM-liiga. The high stakes contest for first place in the league was the second of a back to back pair of games between the two squads. In the first, on Saturday, Miika Wiikman helped defeat Karpat 2-1 in overtime. Today, his tandem mate Karri Ramo bested Wiikman defeating Karpat 2-1 in regulation, stopping 25 of 26 shots for the victory. The young netminder's record now improves to 4-2-3 on the season.

Game Night 12/4: Chiefs at Gulls

Rematch... JHN-5 SD-4 (SO) Morgan Cey extracted a measure of revenge for last night's 7-1 blood bath stopping 33 of 37 shots faced in regulation and overtime before winning in the shootout. Justin Kelly once again led the way offensively for the Chiefs with a goal and two assists. Brady Greco had one of two Johnstown shorthanded goals in the first period. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2486]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/4: River Rats at Falcons

I will be live blogging this during the game using the B2 Networks feed. Harlan Pratt, Marek Kvapil, Dennis Packard and Steve McLaren are the scratches for tonight's game. Gerald Coleman will be starting his third straight game. Holy cow does the young woman doing the national anthem tonight have a great voice. I've sat through some bad ones in these minor league games, she was outstanding. ALB-6 SPR-2 (Final)

Koshechkin Beats Barulin

Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin defeated highly touted goaltending prospect Konstantin Barulin and Spartak 3-2 today in overtime. Koshechkin improved his season record to 12-4-1 with the win. Barulin, a third round pick of the St. Louis Blues, is often mentioned as the best young goaltender in Russia. Not so today, however, as he ran into the quiet juggernaut that Koshechkin has been this season. For Yaroslavl, Anton But scored the game winning goal today as Loko defeated Ufa 4-3. But leads all Lightning Russian prospects with 10 goals and 24 points in 31 games.

Hagglund Scores Winner for Oskarshamn

C/LW Johan Hagglund scored the game winning goal today for Oskarshamn as they defeated Bjorkloven 3-1 in Allsevenskan action. For the past month, despite modest offensive production in the role, Hagglund has been moved up from second line left wing to first line center for the club. His +9 rating this season is tied for the 9th best rating in the league. Oskarshamn currently sits at 8th in the league with a 7-5-5 record.
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