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Habs hopefuls fall to Jets rookies

Forward Alexandre Alain the lone goal-scorer for Joel Bouchard's squad

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens' hopefuls finished their Rookie Tournament with a 2-1 loss on Sunday night at CAA Arena in Belleville against their Winnipeg Jets counterparts.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Merci pour l'accueil chaleureux, @BellevilleSens!Thanks for your generous hospitality, @BellevilleSens!#GoHabsGo

For a second straight game, goaltender Cayden Primeau got the start in the Montreal net. Defensemen Ville Heinola and Johnathan Kovacevic were the only Jets players to beat the 20-year-old American.

Primeau finished the game with an 18-save performance. The Habs' seventh-round pick (199th overall) in 2017 turned aside 43 of the 48 shots he faced in the tournament.

Up front, Jake Evans served up a beautiful pass to local boy Alexandre Alain for the Canadiens' lone goal of the night. Twenty-two-year-old defenseman Otto Leskinen also earned a helper on the play.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Evans ������Alain 1-1 apr��s 20 minutes. All tied up after the first period. #GoHabsGo

The Habs' prospects will be back at work in Brossard on Monday. They'll face a team made up of university players on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Bell Sports Complex.

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