Duo will alternate in goal during preseason

Published September 18, 2005

BRANDON - The Lightning expects to ride goalies John Grahame and Sean Burke during the regular season.

So they will ride them during the preseason, too.

Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said Saturday that the only goalies the team plans to use during the seven-game exhibition schedule are Grahame and Burke.

The two will alternate games and coach John Tortorella has selected Grahame to open the preseason Monday night in Detroit.

"With only seven preseason games," Feaster said, "we don't have enough time to experiment beyond getting those two ready."

However, other goalies in camp are getting noticed. The most impressive has been Morgan Cey, signed as a free agent in August out of Notre Dame. He was supposed to do little more than fill out the training camp roster and, perhaps, end up playing for the Lightning's minor-league affiliate in Johnstown of the ECHL.

Instead, he has played so well that he could be Brian Eklund's backup in Springfield, the Lighting's top minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League.

"Here's a guy who hasn't had a lot of training," Feaster said. "He really hasn't had a goalie coach working with him until (this camp). ... He has that competitive fire."

Cey has played well all week, but was spectacular Saturday during a shootout in a scrimmage game. He stopped all seven shooters he faced, including Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Fredrik Modin.

SHOOTOUTS SHUTDOWN: Both Lightning scrimmages went to shootouts Saturday and it appears the Lightning has plenty of work to do. One shootout went seven rounds before someone scored and the other went 12.

In regulation, the line of Richards, Modin and St. Louis continues to impress. That line combined for three goals and three assists Saturday. For the tournament, Richards has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in four games to lead all players, while St. Louis has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and Modin has 10 points (four goals, six assists).

SLAP SHOTS: The Lightning announced 37 players will go on the first preseason road trip to Detroit and Montreal. All the regulars are on the list and all 37 players likely will play at least one game. The only missing name that was a surprise was defenseman Mike Egener, a prospect who came into camp vying for a spot as the team's sixth defenseman. ... The Lightning will make its first cuts Wednesday. Tortorella expected 19 players will be re-assigned that day. ... Defenseman Todd Rohloff missed his third day with back spasms.