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HURRICANES DEFEAT RANGERS IN PENALTY-SHOT SHOOTOUT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

KITCHENER, Ont. (September 4, 2000) – Josef Vasicek scored the lone goal in a three-man shootout as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers to take second place with a record of 2-1 in the four-team Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Goaltender Frederik Brind’Amour stopped all three Ranger penalty shots to clinch the victory after the two teams had battled to a 3-3 tie in regulation.

Vasicek converted on his penalty shot opportunity by beating New York goaltender Vitall Yeremeyev to his right just after Brind’Amour had thwarted the Rangers’ Pavel Brendl in New York’s first attempt. Brind’Amour then stopped shots by New York’s Jamie Lundmark and Stefan Cherneski to seal the victory. Brind’Amour, who was playing in the Rookie Camp as a free agent tryout, also stopped 20 Rangers’ shots during regulation.

Vasicek, a native of the Czech Republic who scored 72 points (26g, 46a) in 54 games as the captain of Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), also led off the scoring for the Hurricanes in regulation. The 1998 Draft Pick took a pass from fellow Czech linemate Jaroslav Svoboda, split the Ranger defense, and beat Ranger goaltender Johon Holmqvist with a wrist shot at 3:27 of the first period. Vasicek and Svoboda are two of eight participants in the Rookie Camp who have been invited to the Hurricanes Training Camp which begins on-ice September 8 in Raleigh.

After a pair of Rangers goals gave New York a 2-1 advantage, Carolina’s Andrew Merrick knotted the score at two with his first goal of the tournament, assisted by Brent Kelly and Sandy Cohen at 7:18 of the second period. Merrick, a University of Michigan product who led all Hurricanes with four points (1g, 3a) in the three-game tournament, will attend the training camp of Carolina’s International Hockey League (IHL) affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, starting on September 27. Defenseman Kevin Bertram, who played for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last season, will also attend the Cyclones camp.

Jason Jaffray, trying out in the Rookie Camp as a free agent, scored the Hurricanes’ third and final goal in regulation, banging home the rebound of Jeff Heerema’s shot at 16:47 of the second period. Jaffray had 52 points (24g, 28a) last season as a teammate of Svoboda for the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

The Hurricanes, who had 47 shots to the Rangers’ 23 in the game, out-shot all three of their opponents in the tournament.

Along with Vasicek and Svoboda, Niclas Wallin, Erik Cole, Tomas Kurka, Jeff Heerema, Brett Lysak, and Brent McDonald will travel from Kitchener to Raleigh for the Hurricanes Professional Training Camp. Wallin, drafted in the fourth round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, played for Brynas Gavle of the Swedish League last season. Cole finished his career at Clarkson University by scoring 30 points (20g, 10a) in 33 games, and then completed the season with Cincinnati (IHL), notching seven points (4g, 3a) in nine games. Kurka, a native of the Czech Republic, totaled 64 points (35g, 28a) in 64 games for Plymouth (OHL) before being drafted by the Hurricanes with the 32nd overall pick in the 2000 draft. Heerema was Carolina’s top pick (11th overall) in the 1998 Draft, and spent last season with Sarnia (OHL), scoring 77 points (36g, 41a) in 67 games. Lysak was the Hurricanes’ second-round pick in the 1999 Draft, and totaled 78 points (38g, 40a) in 70 games for Regina (WHL) last season. McDonald notched 62 points (29g, 33a) for Spokane (WHL) last season, and was a 1998 Carolina Draft pick.

The Hurricanes Training Camp will be held at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, with the first on-ice sessions taking place from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8. All Hurricanes Training Camp practices are open to the public at no cost. Sessions will take place at those same times on September 9, September 10, and September 12. A full-squad scrimmage will take place on September 13 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The scrimmage is also open to the public at no cost.

For more information on either the rookie camp or professional camp, contact Jerry Peters at (919) 861-5429.

INJURY REPORT: Svoboda took a stick to the eye part way through the second period and did not return…Kurka missed Monday’s game due to a hip flexor …Hurricanes forward Brad Defauw, a second-round draft pick in 1997, returned home to Minnesota on Saturday for evaluation after he was forced to leave the Hurricanes’ game against the Maple Leafs on Friday night with a concussion.

BOX SCORE:

FIRST PERIOD -- SCORING: 1, Carolina, Vasicek 1 (Svoboda), 3:27; 2, New York, Gusakov (Mitchell, Bolduc), 5:14. PENALTIES: Merrick, Carolina (Roughing), 2:50; Holdridge, New York (Slashing), 2:50.

SECOND PERIOD – SCORING: 3, New York, Bembridge (Cherneski), 4:37; 4, Carolina, Merrick 1 (Kelly, Cohen), 7:18; 5, Jaffray 1 (Heerema, Merrick), 16:47. PENALTIES: McDonald, Carolina (Fighting), 14:21; Lundmark, New York (Fighting), 14:21.

THIRD PERIOD – SCORING: 6, New York, Dietrich (Gusakov, Brendl). PENALTIES: Jarvis, New York (Roughing), 7:15; Heerema, Carolina (Slashing), 7:51; Merrick, Carolina (Roughing), 18:49; Mitchell, New York (Roughing), 18:49.

SHOOTOUT

New York:Carolina:

1. Brendl (Save)1. Vasicek (Goal)

2. Lundmark (Save)2. McDonald (Save)

3. Cherneski (Save)

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina 17 14 16 – 47

New York 10 5 8 -- 23

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 1, Nyr - 0 of 1. Goalies: Carolina, Brind’Amour (23 shots, 20 saves; record: 1-1). New York, Holmqvist (25, 23), Yeremeyev (22, 21). Attendance: 2,642.

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