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Traverse City: Blues 5, Red Wings 1

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

TRAVERSE CITY - After falling behind 1-0 in the first period Tuesday, the Blues prospects scored five unanswered goals to earn a 5-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City.

With the victory, the Blues improved to 3-1 in the round-robin NHL Prospects Tournament and took a fifth-place finish overall.

Tage Thompson - who was the Blues' leading point producer - added two goals and an assist in Tuesday's win. He finished the tournament with four goals and nine points - which leads all players in the tournament with two games left to play tonight (Carolina vs. Minnesota and Columbus vs. Chicago).

Robert Thomas - the Blues' first pick in the 2017 NHL Draft - scored his first goal of the tournament in the third period in Tuesday's victory and finished the with one goal and four assists overall in Traverse City.

Goalie Evan Fitzpatrick made 26 saves in Tuesday's win.

The Blues' offense was dynamic throughout the tournament, scoring 20 goals through four games. Defenseman Jake Walman contributed seven points overall (two goals, five assists), while Klim Kostin had three goals and two assists in his first action on North American soil.

Other tournament standouts include 2015 fourth-round pick Adam Musil and 2016 second-round pick Jordan Kyrou, who finished with four and three points, respectively. Both were banded up and did not play Tuesday.

"The kids you really want to shine and play well had great tournaments," Blues development coach Barret Jackman said. "I thought Thompson showed his elite ability and had two real nice goal-scorers' goals (Tuesday). Thomas was all over the ice making plays and showing his hockey sense and his smarts again. I thought (Niko) Mikkola and Walman both played exactly the way we needed them to - they pushed the pace and played strong."

"We're 3-1, probably have the second-best record in the tournament and finished fifth," Jackman added. "I think the guys put everything on the line and I thought it was a pretty good group that came together."

Many of the prospects in Traverse City will join the Blues on the ice for training camp, which begins Friday at the Ice Zone at St. Louis Outlet Mall.

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