The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Los Angeles Kings rookies hooked up for the second consecutive year in the championship game of the “Pacific Division Shootout” in San Jose, California on Sunday.
The Mighty Ducks are the champions once again after a 4-3 win over the Kings.
In the first period, Ducks defenseman Eric Lundberg received a two minute minor for high sticking the Kings Konstantin Pushkarev at 4:28. While shorthanded, Tim Brent and Dustin Penner nearly converted a two on one scoring opportunity, but they failed to get it by Kings goaltender Barry Brust. Anaheim would kill off the game’s first minor penalty.
At 7:19 of the opening frame, Curtis Glencross, moving down the wing would snap a shot past Brust, to put the Ducks ahead, 1-0 on an assist from Ryan Getzlaf.
Eric Lundberg was assessed a hooking penalty at 8:40 of the period to put the Ducks down a man. While playing a man short, the sides would get evened up following a boarding call to the Kings Pushkarev. But before the two players would enter the penalty box, Ducks center Tim Brent and King forward Dany Roussin would drop the gloves deep in the Anaheim defensive zone. Both received five minutes for fighting in a scrap that clearly was won by the Ducks center.
Ducks starting goaltender Gabriel Bouthillette, who hadn’t played since the opening game of the tournament for the Ducks versus the Kings on Wednesday, was very instrumental in the opening period success for Anaheim.
At 18:13 of the period, Pushkarev, tried to move around Ducks defenseman Eric Lundberg toward the net, but Bouthillette made the stop on the Kings forward who played with Calgary in the WHL last season. The 20 year-old goalie from Sorel, Quebec stopped all 15 shots put on him by Los Angeles.
The period ended with the Ducks leading, 1-0.
In the second period, the Ducks were penalized at the 52 second mark for interference. Anaheim successfully killed off the penalty early in the period and preserved the one-goal lead.
At 4:42 of the period, a melee ensued in the Kings defensive zone featuring Dustin Penner of the Ducks and Brendan Bernakevich and Tyler Hanchuk of the Kings. Penner received a double minor, Bernakevich, a minor penalty and Hanchuck, a minor and a game misconduct.
Still early in the period, the Kings would tie the game up at 1-1 on an even strength goal from Matt Ryan at the 5:45 mark.
Ducks left winger Bobby Bolt thought he had scored a goal at the 15:10 mark of the second period, but the referee ruled that the net had come off its moorings.
With the Kings Chris Barr serving a minor penalty for hooking at 17:34 of the frame, the Mighty Ducks would look to go ahead on the power play. And they did just that.
Corey Perry would send in Ryan Getzlaf all by himself with a pass at the Kings blue line.
Getzlaf would score his second point of the tournament firing the puck past Barry Brust in the Los Angeles net at 18:36 to make it a 2-1 Ducks lead.
Moments later, with 7.8 seconds showing on the scoreboard clock at Logitech Ice, Los Angeles forward Dany Roussin, a 54 goal scorer with Rimouski of the QMJHL last season, would slide the puck past Bouthillette to even the score at 2-2.
In the third period, Anaheim scored two goals in a span of 27 seconds to go ahead 4-2.
At 7:03, a wrist shot from the slot by defenseman Aaron Rome beat Kings goaltender Barry Brust and put the Ducks ahead, 3-2. Seconds later, at 7:30, winger Dustin Penner , coming down the wing towards the net snapped a shot that beat Brust cleanly into the bottom corner.
The Kings came right back to get within a goal at 13:12 on a shot from the blue line that deflected in off the stick of Eric Neilson in front of Bouthillette. Then Ducks defenseman Aaron Rome was sent to the penalty box at the 13:53 mark and Anaheim was forced to kill off another penalty. It was Gabriel Bouthillette that made two big saves during that sequence to keep the Ducks in front.
A delay of game penalty was assessed to Rome at 16:41 putting the Kings on the power play. Los Angeles would pull their goaltender at that point of the game and get a two man advantage in the closing minutes.
The penalty expired to Rome, but the Kings continued to keep their goal empty in favor of the extra attacker. Ducks Head Coach Kevin Dineen kept Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Aaron Rome and Nathan Saunders on the ice for the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.
A 4-3 win by the Mighty Ducks rookies gave them their second straight rookie tournament championship.
Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.
In the consolation game, it was San Jose defeating Phoenix by a score of 5-2. The Shark rookies took a 2-0 lead after one period of play. The Coyotes rookies would fight back to tie it at two apiece before the Sharks went ahead 3-2, midway through the second period. The Sharks added two third period tallies to finish the scoring. The Coyotes out shot the Sharks in the contest, 28-23. It was the first win of the tournament for the San Jose rookies.
MIGHTY DUCKS NOTES and QUOTES
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Head Coach Randy Carlyle watched the rookie Ducks take to then ice in San Jose on Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week. The new coach had these thoughts on attending the tournament.
“It was a long time ago when I was at a rookie camp as a player. The first camp I was with was the Toronto Maple Leafs as a second round draft pick. When I showed up in Toronto, there were one hundred and twenty players there. The camp was made up of six teams of twenty players. It was like everybody seemed to get invited and camp was six weeks long. It was based upon a six week period and you were there to really get yourself in shape. You’d work at some of the team’s concepts, but it was a larger number of people. When you get opportunities like this rookie tournament in San Jose, the game has really changed in that respect. The young players are now showcased and opportunities like this are happening all over North America. There are teams doing this in Traverse City, Michigan, in Toronto and in Ottawa for example. What this does is allow the hockey personnel to evaluate their talent versus the other teams that are participating with their talent at the same age group. I think it is an eye opener. We said to our young players that this is another opportunity for them. You have some new people involved in the Ducks organization in management and in coaching. Don’t pass up the chance to make a good first impression.”
Mighty Ducks starting lines for the championship game included Curtis Glencross, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Dustin Penner playing with Tim Brent and Shane Hynes, Bobby Bolt with Ryan Shannon and Derek Edwardson, Simon Ferguson with Jonathan Lehun and Nathan Saunders. On defense, the pairs consisted of Brett Festerling and Eric Lundberg, Jonathan D’Aversa and Aaron Rome, Brendan Mikkelson with Jordan Smith.
Healthy scratches for the Ducks versus the Kings were George Davis, Derek Edwardson, Michael Knight and goaltender Michael Wall.