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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Tampa Bay Lightning prospects built a 5-2 lead midway through the third period but couldn't hold on in a 6-5 loss against the Atlanta Thrashers prospects at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament Monday. Radek Smolenak recorded two goals and one assist and Dane Crowley had three assists for the Lightning, who fell to 0-2-1 and will face Minnesota in their final game at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Trailing in the first period, Smolenak scored his first on the power play at 14:19 to forge a 1-1 tie entering the intermission. The 2005 draft choice from the Czech Republic struck again on the power play only 31 seconds into the second, and Blair Jones scored at 2:14 of the second to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead. Special teams goals by Marek Kvapil (power play, 5:24) and Justin Keller (shorthanded, 6:36) made the Lightning lead 5-2 early in the third, but penalty trouble led to four unanswered goals for the Thrashers. Jordan LaVallee scored the winner for Atlanta with 37 seconds remaining in regulation.
First-round draft choice Riku Helenius
made 19 saves for the Lightning in his second appearance of the tournament.