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Blue Jackets Defeat Minnesota 8-3 at Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets, behind two goals by forward Jakub Voracek, beat the Minnesota Wild 8-3 at the Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan on Saturday.

Trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Blue Jackets scored four goals in the second. Forwards Derek Dorsett, Adam Pineault, Jared Boll and Matt Marquardt netted goals to give Columbus a 5-2 lead.

"It seems to take us at least a period to get going, but we were able to stay in the game today," said Director of Player Personnel, Don Boyd. "In the second and third periods we were able to take the play to the opposition and had success."

Voracek, Columbus' first pick, seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, scored two goals for the second straight game. He tallied a power-play goal in the third period, opened the game with a short-handed goal and added an assist on Pineault's third period score.

For the game, the Blue Jackets were 3-for-7 with the man advantage and scored two short-handed goals while killing off 11-of-12 Wild power plays. Goaltender Dan LaCosta made 30 saves in net for Columbus.

This year will mark the seventh straight in which Columbus has participated in the Annual NHL Prospect Tournament and the Blue Jackets have won the tournament championship the past two years. NHL clubs participating this year include the Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning. The tournament continues on Monday when the Blue Jackets play the Dallas Stars at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Individual tickets for Blue Jackets 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at and Season and group tickets, as well as preseason individual game tickets, are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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