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By Times Staff Writer
Published November 9, 2004
TAMPA - The Lightning was supposed to open the season last month at home against the Flyers, but the lockout wiped that out and is threatening the entire season. But there will be hockey between Lightning and Flyers prospects at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Springfield Falcons, the Lightning's top minor-league affiliate from the American Hockey League, will play the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' top affiliate, on Dec.15. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $20 (plaza level), $15 (club level) and $10 (terrace level, general admission), go on sale Saturday at the box office at the Times Forum.
Tickets also can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, by calling (813) 288-2658 in Hillsborough or (727) 896-2658 in Pinellas and at ticketmaster.com.
The Falcons roster includes Nikita Alexeev, a first-round pick in 2000, Mike Egener (second, 2003) and Adam Henrich (second, 2002). The team is coached by Dirk Graham and includes veterans Shane Willis and goalie Jamie Storr.
The Phantoms have three who played in May's East final, including Joni Pitkanen, taken No.8 overall in 2002 with the pick traded for Ruslan Fedotenko.
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