Lightning strikes in Norfolk

Juraj Simek picked up a goal and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4, at Norfolk Scope.

Simek spent the 2008-09 season with the Admirals, posting nine goals and 13 assists in 63 games.

Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone were among the skaters in the Lightning lineup for the game, which saw both squads composed of a mix of NHL and AHL players with tryout players on both sides. Vincent Lecavalier, Alex Tanguay, Mattias Ohlund and Victor Hedman – the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft, suited up for Norfolk.

Riku Helenius played one period for each team, stopping 17 of 19 Norfolk shots in the third period to earn the win.

Carsen Germyn scored the first preseason goal in Heat history en route to a hat trick, and he and Mikael Backlund finished with four points apiece as Abbotsford defeated Manitoba, 5-2, before 4,573 fans at the Entertainment & Sports Centre.

The teams meet again in Abbotsford on Sunday afternoon.

David Van der Gulik added a goal and an assist and John Negrin recorded three assists for the Heat, while Matt Keetley went the distance in net and made 22 saves.

Abbotsford rolled to a 5-0 lead before the Moose got third-period goals from Derek Leblanc and Dan Gendur.

Krys Kolanos’ goal in the fifth shootout round gave the Adirondack Phantoms a 2-1 win over Albany in their preseason debut at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday night.

Jared Ross scored the Phantoms’ regulation goal just 2:50 into the game and converted on his shootout attempt.

Johan Backlund, assigned to Adirondack on Thursday evening, stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn the win for the Phantoms.

Jerome Samson scored for the River Rats, while Mike Murphy and Mike Morrison tended the Albany cage.

Trevor Glass scored twice and Chad Johnson made 31 saves as Hartford took a 4-2 decision from Bridgeport in preseason action in Cromwell, Conn., on Friday night.

Derek Couture had a goal and an assist and Corey Locke also scored for the Wolf Pack, who built a 3-0 lead before Tony Romano scored in the final minute of the second period and again one minute into the third.

Glass’s second goal of the night came with 15:24 remaining.

Dov Grumet-Morris (11 saves) and Juha Toivonen (12 saves) shared the goaltending duties for the Sound Tigers, allowing two goals apiece.

Rookie Keven Veilleux, a second-round draft choice by Pittsburgh in 2007, scored a pair of goals to help Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-2 win over Hershey at the Giant Center.

Joey Haddad and Aaron Boogaard had the other Penguins goals, and Jordan Parise stopped 21 of 23 shots in net.

Joe Finley and Michael Dubuc scored for the Bears. Jason Bacashihua allowed two goals on 14 shots before giving way to Todd Ford (two goals, five saves).

Daniel Taylor stopped 26 of 27 shots to backstop Syracuse to a 3-1 win over Binghamton in Oswego, N.Y., on Friday.

Taylor, 20-9-4 with four shutouts in 38 AHL appearances with Manchester over the past two seasons, held down the fort while Chris Higgins, Kevin Harvey and Jon Mirasty scored for the Crunch.

Ryan Keller had the only goal for the Senators, who were outshot by a 41-27 margin. Andy Chiodo (2 GA) and Chris Holt (1 GA) made 19 saves apiece.

Springfield scored six times in the second period en route to a 7-2 preseason win over Worcester at the MassMutual Center.

Adam Henrich registered a goal and an assist to pace the Falcons, who got goals in the middle frame from Dylan Stanley, Ryan MacMurchy, Bryan Lerg, Chris Armstrong, Viacheslav Trukhno and Charles Linglet.

Michael Wilson and Bill Loupee scored for the Sharks.

Andrew Perugini (10 saves) and Bryan Pitton (8 saves) split time in the Falcons’ crease.

Akim Aliu snapped a 2-2 tie with 4:40 left in regulation, sending Rockford to a 4-2 preseason win over Peoria at Carver Arena.

Derek Nesbitt had a goal and an assist and Bracken Kearns and Justin Hodgman also scored for the IceHogs, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit.

Adam Cracknell and Jason Ryznar scored in the game’s first 5:25 for the Rivermen, but Alec Richards shut Peoria down the rest of the way and finished with 28 saves.

Hannu Toivonen stopped 36 of 39 shots in net for Peoria.


The Chicago Wolves used three power-play goals in the third period to skate away with a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at Wilson Ice Arena on Friday night.

Kevin Doell led the way with two goals and an assist for the Wolves while Riley Holazpfel and Johnny Pohl posted a goal and an assist each.

Ian MacKenzie scored the lone goal for the Admirals during a 5-on-3 early in the third period.

Peter Mannino stopped all 21 shots he faced in two periods of work for Chicago; Kevin Armstrong made five saves on six shots in the third.

Chet Pickard (14 saves on 16 shots) and Jason Smith (five saves on eight shots) split the goaltending chores for Milwaukee.

The clubs meet again Saturday night in Hoffman Estates, Ill.