NEW GOALTENDER BARRASSO SHARP IN DEBUT
SUNRISE, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2001) - The Carolina Hurricanes left the Florida portion of its training camp with a smile on their faces as they defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 before 9,219 at National Car Rental Center Wednesday night.
Rod Brind’Amour, in his first action of the preseason, scored twice to lead Carolina (1-1 in the preseason). He opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first period with a power play goal, assisted by linemates Martin Gelinas and Shane Willis. He later gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead just 32 seconds into the third period, assisted by Willis and defenseman David Tanabe.
Tom Barrasso made his Carolina preseason debut in net and looked sharp. Barrasso made 29 saves and allowed just one goal in his first full game action since April 24, 2000 with the Ottawa Senators. Barrasso stopped all 18 shots he faced in nearly 30 minutes of action in last Saturday’s Red/White scrimmage at TECO Arena in Estero, Fla.
The game was delayed for nearly a half-hour after Carolina’s Brad Defauw hit Florida’s John Jakopin into the glass in the corner with 5:35 left in the second period, causing the glass to shatter. The referees sent the players to the locker room and after the glass was fixed, play resumed.
Carolina returned to Raleigh, N.C. after the game. The Hurricanes will get back on the ice Friday at the Entertainment & Sports Arena at 11 a.m.