Bolts send 2 players to struggling Vipers.

By Andrew Bourgeois

The Tampa Bay Lightning sent right-winger Dmitry Afanasenkov and defenceman Mikko Kuparinen to the Detroit Vipers of the IHL on Wednesday.
Afanasenkov was recalled by the Lighting on March 9 and played in eight games this season, recording a goal and an assist. The Russian is in his first professional season and has recorded 15 goals and 18 assists with Detroit.
Kuparinen was recalled by the Lightning on March 27 but did not play. The Finn has been in 34 games with the Vipers this season, recording a goal and three assists.
Kuparinen was picked by the Lightning in the ninth round of the 1999 NHL entry draft. He was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers in October 1999 and was reacquired by the Lightning in March 2000 for defenceman Chris McAlpine.


Milwaukee Admirals   4
Detroit Vipers       1
Mark Mowers scored two goals for the second consecutive game and Jason Goulet and Ville Peltonen each added a goal and an assist as the Milwaukee Admirals beat the Detroit Vipers, 4-1. Mowers, a former standout at the University of New Hampshire who scored twice in Milwaukee’s 5-3 win over Cleveland yesterday, broke a scoreless tie 3:25 into the second period with his 20th goal before netting his second goal with 10 seconds left in the frame to give the Admirals a 4-0 lead heading into the third. Goulet and Peltonen also scored in the second period and Sean Haggerty added two assists as Milwaukee won their fourth straight game. Jan Lasak picked up the win after stopping 29 of 30 shots. Scott Nichol foiled Lasak’s bid for a shutout with an even-strength goal 8:19 into the final frame for Detroit, which is the only team in the league to be eliminated from playoff contention. Dieter Kochan suffered the loss after surrendering four goals on 16 shots before being replaced for the start of the third period by Markus Helanen.

Orlando Solar Bears       3
Grand Rapids Griffins     2  (overtime)
Dean Sylvester scored 2:01 into overtime as the Orlando Solar Bears won their fifth straight game by defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-2. Wes Mason and Scott Ricci scored 43 seconds apart midway through the first period to give Orlando a 2-0 lead. Grand Rapids tied the game late in the opening stanza on a pair of goals by Derek King, but Sylvester netted the game-winning tally in the extra session. Mark Beaufait recorded a pair of assists and Scott Fankhouser stopped 21 shots to pick up the win as the Solar Bears improved to 44-23-7 overall and moved eight points behind the Griffins for first place in the East Division. Mike Fountain turned aside 22 shots in the overtime loss for Grand Rapids, which lost at home for only the eighth time this season (30-8-3).


Cincinnati’s head coach Ron Smith recorded his 6th consecutive 40 win season with the Cyclones.
Orlando Solar Bears have outrshot their opponets 2238 to 1885.
Kansas City’s Josh Holden had 13 points in the last 10 games with 7 goals and 6 assists.


March 29, 1999 Wayne Gretzky scores his 894th NHL career goal against the New York Islanders. Ironically this would be Gretzkys last NHL goal.


Since the All-Star break the Chicago Wolves are 20-7-4. Milwaukee and Cleveland are the other 2 teams who have won 20 or more games since the All-Star break.


Detroit Vipers: Assign defenceman Chris Bogas to Toledo
of the ECHL.

Grand Rapids: Sign goalie Bobby Dacosta.
Recall defenceman Dave Van Drunen from
Mobile of the ECHL.

Manitoba: Assign defenceman Cal Benazic to Augusta of
the ECHL.


Friday March 30, 2001
Orlando Solar Bears at Chicago Wolves 7:30pm
Kansas City Blades at Utah Grizzlies 7:30pm