On September 13th, 2004, the Mighty Ducks rookies posted a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings rookies. It was the first championship win for the young Ducks in the second annual rookie tournament, this one hosted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Rookie teams from Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose competed for the second time in this four-team tournament. Ducks rookie Curtis Glencross posted a hat trick and an assist to up his tournament-leading point total to 6-2=8, while Dustin Penner, Andrew Gibbons, Tim Brent and Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Ducks. Getzlaf added a pair of assists to lead the tournament with six. Anaheim goaltender Gabriel Bouthillette racked up 24 saves as five Mighty Ducks earned multiple-point contests to help Anaheim post their initial tournament title.
The Mighty Ducks lost a 3-2 overtime decision to the Los Angeles Kings on the first night of the tournament. Joel Perrault and Curtis Glencross scored for Anaheim. San Jose defeated Phoenix, 4-1 in the other first night action.
On Friday, September 10th, the Mighty Ducks posted an impressive 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Curtis Glencross scored two goals and Ryan Getzlaf added four assists in the win. The Ducks also got goals from Igor Pohanka, Joel Perrault, Corey Perry and Shane O’ Brien with goaltender Gabriel Bouthillette stopping 30-of-32 shots. In the other contest that night, The Kings rookies defeated the Coyotes rookies, 11-2.
Following a day of practice, the four teams returned to the ice for Sunday afternoon games. Anaheim lost a 4-2 decision to Phoenix and the San Jose-Los Angeles contest ended in a 3-3 tie. Anaheim rookies Joel Stepp and Corey Perry each scored a goal.
It was on to the final night of the tournament. In the consolation game, Phoenix downed San Jose 3-2, despite being out shot 43-17. After dropping their first two games of the Rookie Tournament by a combined score of 15-3, the Coyotes won their final two contests by a combined score of 7-4.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim claimed the championship of the Second Annual Pacific Division Round Robin Tournament with the 7-2 win over Los Angeles.
The first rookie event was played in El Segundo, California in September of 2003. Phoenix defeated Los Angeles 3-1 in the championship game. Randall Gelech, who helped seal the victory with an empty net goal with just 44 seconds remaining in that game, led the Coyotes offensively. He led Phoenix in scoring with 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points in the four contests.
Anaheim lost a 3-1 decision to Los Angeles in the first night of play. Joffrey Lupul scored the only goal for the Mighty Ducks. Phoenix shut out San Jose 1-0 in the opening game of the tourney.
During the second evening of action, The Kings rookies downed the Sharks rookies, 5-0. Anaheim lost a close 3-2 game to Phoenix. The Mighty Ducks played a strong third period and just missed tying the game up with ten seconds to play on a wrist shot by Ryan Getzlaf which hit the post.
On Sunday afternoon, the Ducks and Sharks opened up the afternoon followed by the Kings-Coyotes match-up. In the opener, a high scoring affair went to the Mighty Ducks, 6-4. Ryan Getzlaf and Joel Perrault scored twice. Joffrey Lupul and Tim Brent added goals as the Ducks rookies fought from behind after San Jose had taken a 1-0 lead after the first period.
In the third place contest on Monday night, San Jose downed Anaheim 4-2. Lanny Gare and Igor Pohanka tallied for the Mighty Ducks. San Jose had taken a 3-0 advantage heading into the third period of the consolation game.
Joffrey Lupul paced the Mighty Ducks in the tournament with 3 goals and 1 assist for 4 points. Pierre Parenteau added 4 assists in four games for the Ducks.
Rookies from all four teams will make their way to San Jose for the third annual Rookie Tournament from Wednesday, September 7th to Sunday, September 11th. You can follow the Mighty Ducks rookies throughout the five-day, four-game event right here on the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim website.