Traverse City, Mich – For the CBJ rookies at the 2006 Prospect tournament in Traverce City, Mich., it was Déjà vu all over again.
Robert Nyholm scored two goals for the second straight game and former Buckeye Dan Knapp scored the game-winning goal, also for the second straight game, to help the Blue Jackets to a 6-2 win against the St. Louis Blues rookies in the Jackets’ second game of the Annual NHL Prospect Tournament on Saturday.
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“Nyholm had a couple more goals and looked very good again,” said Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron who is attending the tournament in Traverce City, Mich.
Nyholm scored the first goal of the game for the CBJ rookies just one minute into the game, converting feeds from Phillipe Dupuis (his second assist and third point of the tournament) and Adam McQuaid, giving CBJ an early 1-0 lead.
The Jackets rookies would pad the lead when Adam Pineault scored off assists from 2006 CBJ selection Maxime Frechette and Arsi Piispanen, putting Columbus up by two goals at the end of the first period.
Dan Knapp, who scored the game-winning goal vs. Minnesota on Friday, then tallied his second goal of the Tournament, in the second period in what turned out to be the game-winning goal for a 3-0 CBJ lead.
Nyholm then tallied his second goal of the game and fourth of the last two games, scoring on assists from Adam McQuaid and rookie camp invitee Jonathan D’Aversa for a 4-0 lead through two periods of play.
In the final period Matt Marquardt put the Jackets up 5-0 on an assist from Knapp, before St. Louis finally got on the board scoring two goals in the period to bring the score to 5-2. Kyle Wharton then tallied an empty-netter to give the Jackets a 6-2 win.
Both teams converted 2-of-9 power plays in the contest while finishing with 27 shots on net each. Dan LaCosta stopped 25 of those 27 St. Louis shots to earn his second win of the tournament. LaCosta has turned aside 39-of-41 shots (.951) in 91 minutes of action in the tournament.
"Dan LaCosta played very well in net for us tonight," Castron said. "He has been very impressive during the tournament so far."
The Jackets (2-0) will return to the ice on Sunday for practice and will play the Dallas Stars (2-0) rookies on Monday, at 3 p.m. The Stars, Columbus and Atlanta (2-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. Click here for complete standings.