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Submitted by pete on September 11, 2006 - 22:09
Despite at one time holding a 3 goal lead today, the Lightning's prospect team at Traverse City dropped yet another 1 goal decision today to the Thrashers' prospects 6-5. [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]According to the Trib's Erik Erlendsson[/url], [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] allowed 6 goals on 25 shots in the loss. The Lightning prospects' offense at least snapped out of their slumber today as [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] had 2 goals, [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist each, [url=dane-crowley]Dane Crowley[/url] had 3 assists, [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] had a shorthanded goal and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and tryout invitee David Desharnais also had helpers.
Submitted by pete on September 9, 2006 - 23:13
Erik Erlendsson of the Trib writes on his blog that the Lightning [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]lost another nail biter tonight 2-1 to the Red Wings prospects.[/url] [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 25 of 27 shots faced but was unable to stop the Wings from scoring the game winner with less than five minutes to play in the final frame. The Lightning's lone goal was scored by tryout invitee Torrie Wheat on assists by [url=pj-atherton]PJ Atherton[/url] and Marek Bartanus. The Hockeyâ€™s Future recap singles out Ramo and invitees David Desharnais and Kelly Czuy for their good play. HF says Tampa only managed 19 shots on goal against the Wings, but did hit a post.
Submitted by chad on September 9, 2006 - 07:55
Usually fans can get a good idea what the Lightning are thinking in terms of line combos by how players are arranged to start training camp scrimmages. Looking a few entries into Erik Erlendssonâ€™s blog, he lists the frontrunners for the third and fourth lines. According to Erlendsson, of the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i], the Lightning have placed Ryan Craig with Andreas Karlsson, which is of no surprise, because we've heard all off-season that they want the third line to be a scoring line and for Karlsson to help make that happen. Speculation centers around who will be the other winger on that line, with candidates including Nick Tarnasky, Rob DiMaio, Norm Milley, Darren Reid, Nikita Alexeev, Eric Perrin, and a few others. The Lightning are giving a prime opportunity to Alexeev here, it seems, as a line of Craig-Karlsson-Alexeev is set to compete in scrimmages. Reid is scheduled to play on this team in scrimmages. The other line battle fans have been mulling over is the more physical and/or offensively capable fourth line.
Submitted by pete on September 8, 2006 - 21:56
Newyorkrangers.com is reporting the Lightning prospects [url=http://www.newyorkrangers.com/pressbox/pressreleases.asp?id=2249]lost their opener in the Traverse City prospect tournament tonight 3-2 in overtime to the Rangers' prospects.[/url] [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] had the Lightning's goals. The Lightning scored both goals late to force the extra session. The Lightning prospects were outshot 34-30. [b]Update:[/b] Erik Erlendsson of the Trib [url=http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C189/]makes a late blog post on the tournament.[/url] According to his post, it was not Marek Kvapil but rather [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] scoring the tying goal with 5 seconds left from [url=radek-smolenak]Radek Smolenak[/url] and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url]. [url=vladimir-mihalik]Vladimir Mihalik[/url] had an assist on Zbynek Hrdel's goal. [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] stopped 32 of 35 for the Lightning, according to Erlendsson. [b]Update 2:[/b] Leslie Treff of Hockey's Future also has a recap of the dayâ€™s activities. Treff's report singles out Helenius, Mihalik, and Smolenak for their good play from Tampa, and also was impressed with Tampa's own-zone coverage. Also, the [i]St. Pete Times[/i], using Wire services, says Keller got the second Lightning goal, so it appears that mystery is solved by a 2-1 count. Keller was known for his clutch goals in Kelowna the past few years, including the Memorial Cup winning goal in 2003. [b]Update 3:[/b] Word from the Lightning is that the team battled hard, then slacked off a little bit. [url=matt-smaby]Matt Smaby[/url], Mihalik, and Helenius were singled out as Tampa's top players for the game. [b]Update 4:[/b] Box score [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/stories/2006_09/08_BoxTB_NYR.html]courtesy of Redwingscentral.com[/url].
Submitted by pete on September 7, 2006 - 21:12
Just a friendly reminder, Friday marks the opening of the Traverse City prospect tournament. At 10:45 am tomorrow the team will hold a practice in anticipation of their 7:30 pm tilt with the New York Rangers' prospects. The Lightning's official roster for the tournament [url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/files/traversecity.pdf]has been posted online[/url] and features highly touted Finnish goaltenders [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url]. The tournament is the second step on what has become a two month long process to identify and place players in the Lightning prospect system. The tournament has added importance for tryout invitees like David Desharnais of Chicoutimi who are seeking professional contracts in the Lightning organization. Bolt Prospects will have full coverage of the tournament and reaction from the Lightning front office as it all unfolds.