Traverse City, Mich – Defenseman Kris Russell scored the game-winner with less than seven minutes remaining and Phillipe Dupuis and rookie camp invitee Oliver Labelle also scored to lead the CBJ rookies to a 3-2
win over the Dallas Stars rookies in the third game of the Annual NHL Prospect Tournament.
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“Russell was outstanding again,” said Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron who is attending the tournament in Traverce City, Mich. "He has had a great tournament."
Dallas' Vojtech Polak opened the scoring just 1:20 into the game, deposting the puck in the Blue Jacket net behind 2006 CBJ Draft pick Steve Mason, who started in net for the Columbus rookies. Dupuis then scored his second goal of the tournament off of an assist from Robert Nyholm before Polak scored his second power-play goal of the game to put the Stars back on top, 2-1 after the opening period.
Labelle tied the score mid-way through the second, scoring off of an assist from Russell. Mason was excellent in the net stopping every shot from a Dallas rookie not named Polak, finishing with 34 stops on 36 shots to get the win.
"Steve Mason played excellent in the net," Castron said. "We did a great job of killing off penalties. It was a total team effort, everyone chipped in."
The Jackets stopped 8-of-10 power plays while converting on 2-of-7 in the contest, being out-shot 36-29.
The Jackets will be looking for their second-consecutive championship, facing Atlanta (3-0) in the Championship game at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. In other Tournament action, Tampa Bay will face Minnesota in the Seventh-Place game at 2 p.m., St. Louis and Detroit will face off at 2:30 p.m. in the Fifth-Place game and the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars will square off at 5:30 p.m., in the Third-Place game. Click here for complete standings.