Panthers Report: October 24, 2011

Every week we cover the entire Panthers organization with our weekly Panthers report:

  • The Panthers went 2-2-0 this week, winning Monday and Saturday night. In between, Florida was shut out on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • On Thursday, 30-year-old Bracken Kearns made his NHL debut. He replaced Sean Matthias on the roster, while Tim Kennedy replaced Sean Bergenheim. Matthias sat out Thursday night with flu-like symptoms and Bergenheim is still out with a “core injury”.
  • Florida shipped off forwards David Booth and Steven Reinprect to Vancouver Saturday night, in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm. Sturm will join the team tonight in Montreal, while Kearns has been returned to San Antonio. Samuelsson will remain in Vancouver as he is getting some treatment on a lingering injury. No word on his exact return date yet. For what it’s worth, Reinprect was sent to Chicago, Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, this afternoon.
  • Goalie Jose Theodore traveled with the team, but is day to day with another “core injury”, and Mike Santorelli also traveled with the team. He will make his 2011-12 debut tonight in Montreal.
  • Scott Clemmensen will begin facing shots on the ice in Sunrise this week.

Here is what happened around the rest of the organization:

SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE:

  • On Thursday, the Panthers recalled forwards Bracken Kearns and Tim Kennedy (More on Kearns’ story). To compensate, San Antonio recalled Wacey Rabbit from Cincinnati (ECHL) and David Marshall from Rio Grande Valley (CHL).
  • Also on Thursday, the team bused to Austin to take on their geographic rival Texas Stars. Texas got on the board first 10:45 into the opening frame, but the Rampage came back 18 seconds later, when a turnover allowed Scott Timmins to punch home an easy goal. In the second stanza, Michael Repik and Greg Rallo scored power-play goals just 3:36 apart, putting San Antonio up 3-1. But Texas came back in the early minutes of the third, scoring two goals to tie it up at 3 goals apiece. Timmins tipped defenseman Colby Robak’s point-shot with 1:48 left in regulation. His second goal of the game was the differential, as the Rampage win 4-3. Brian Foster made 36 saves off 39 shots in the winning effort.
  • Friday was an active day as the Rampage returned home. Before their game against the Peoria Rivermen, they recalled 23-year-old Keith Seabrook (yes, Brent’s brother) from Cincinnati. They also signed NHL veteran forward Brian Sutherby to a professional try-out contract. He has only appeared in 66 AHL games, but has 460 games of NHL experience. Should the Panthers and Rampage sign him beyond his try-out, he could be a player to watch in call-up situations.
  • Friday’s game did not go as planned for the Rampage. Former NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals for the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, including the game-winner. Another former NHL forward, Brett Sterling also scored in the game. The two teams were scoreless in the first period, with Peoria scoring two in the second and three in the third. Foster made 23 saves in the losing effort.
  • On Saturday, Seabrook and Rabbit were sent back to Cincinnati and Marshall was sent to Rio Grande Valley. No word yet on who will replace Reinprect on the AHL roster.
  • Next week, San Antonio will play three home games in three days. They take on the Houston Aeros Friday, Charlotte Checkers Saturday, and Oklahoma City Barons Sunday.

CINCINNATI CYCLONES (ECHL)

  • Cincinnati traveled to Reading to take on the Royals Saturday, falling 3-2. Ben Ryan (Nashville) and Adam Comrie (Florida) scored for the Cyclones, while Chet Pickard (Nashville) made 35 saves in the losing effort.
  • On Sunday, they traveled to Trenton for a matchup with the new-and-improved Titans. Pickard earned the shutout in their 3-0 victory. All three goals came from Panthers prospects, with Joe Devin scoring his first professional goal 2:38 into the game. It was the game winner. Adam Comrie and Garrett Wilson each scored in the third period
  • Cincinnati remains on the road Saturday when they travel to Kalamazoo to face the K-Wings for the second time this season

RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES (CHL)

  • The Killer Bees fell in their opening night on home ice in Hidalgo, Texas Friday, losing 2-1 to the Missouri Mavericks. Zac Murray scored the lone goal for the Bees while John Murray made 32 saves in the losing effort.
  • Saturday night was much of the same story, as they scored just one goal in a 5-1 loss to Missouri. BJ O’Brien made 29 stops in the loss and Aaron Lee scored in the defeat.
  • The Bees head to Laredo to take on the Bucks in two games this weekend.

COLLEGE AND JUNIORS

  • On Monday, Kyle Rau was named Red Baron® WCHA Rookie of the Week after his performance last weekend (you can read about it here and here)
  • Rau scored a goal and added an assist in Minnesota’s 5-4 loss to Vermont Sunday afternoon. Friday night was Nick Bjugstad’s night, as he scored two goals in the Gophers’ 6-0 rout of the Catamounts. Rau also scored and assisted on Bjugstad’s second goal. Rau has six goals in his first six collegiate games. Bjugstad has five goals this season.
  • Speaking of routs, Denver manhandled Minnesota State 10-2 Saturday. Drew Shore picked up three assists.
  • Meanwhile, Wade Megan was ejected in the third period of his game Saturday for hitting from behind, as the Boston University Terriers were shocked by the Holy Cross Crusaders 5-4.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau was named to the roster of Team QMJHL which will compete against Team Russia in the 2011 Subway Super Series. The games will take place November 7 and 9, 2011.
  • Huberdeau had two goals and six assists over three QMJHL contests this weekend. He now has four goals and 12 assists this season in just eight games.
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