KITCHENER, Ont. (September 2, 2000) – Jaroslav Svoboda’s shorthanded goal early in the third period proved to be the difference as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a game in which both teams fired more than 40 shots on goal. Derek Dolson got the win in goal for the Hurricanes, as Carolina improved its record to 1-1 in the Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
With Carolina leading 3-2, the Hurricanes were hit with four consecutive penalties as the second period ended and the third began, leaving them two-men down for nearly three minutes and shorthanded for more than five minutes. Carolina was able to come out even during the long disadvantage when 1999 second-round draft pick Brett Lysak intercepted a Sabres pass and found Svoboda on the breakout. Svoboda, a native of Cervenka in the Czech Republic who was drafted by Carolina in 1998, pounded a slap shot over the shoulder of Buffalo goaltender Scott Stirling to give Carolina a 4-2 advantage.
The Sabres managed a power-play goal 30 seconds later with the Hurricanes still two men down, but it was not enough as Dolson stopped 37 Buffalo shots in the winning effort. Dolson, a native of Kitchener, spent last season playing for Oshawa of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), totaling a 19-18-2 record with a 2.95 goals against average.
The Hurricanes had struck early against the Sabres, as 2000 second-round draft pick Tomas Kurka picked off a Buffalo pass and took it all the way in for his first goal of the tournament just 50 seconds into the first period. Kurka, who is also from the Czech Republic, scored 64 points (35g, 28a) in 64 games for Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season.
Carolina added its second goal about two minutes later as Sandy Cohen found the net for the second time in the tournament, banging home the rebound of Brent Kelly’s shot at 3:02 of the first period for a power-play goal. Cohen, who scored 25 points (14g, 11a) in 36 games for Merrimack College last season, and Kelly, who collected 65 points (23g, 42a) for Guelph of the OHL last season, are both participating in the Hurricanes Rookie Camp as free agent tryouts. Andrew Merrick, a product of the University of Michigan who was drafted by the Hurricanes with their sixth pick in the 1997 Draft, also assisted on the play and has two points (0g, 2a) in two games in the tournament.
After the Sabres narrowed the Hurricanes lead to 2-1 on a goal by Norman Milley at 5:15 of the first period, Carolina again expanded the lead to two when Jeff Brow shot the puck off the back of Stirling’s pads and into the net. Brow, who scored 25 points (11g, 14a) for Yale last season, is also a free agent trying out for the team at the Rookie Camp. Brent McDonald, a 1998 Hurricanes draft pick who totaled 62 points (29g, 33a) for Spokane of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, assisted on Brow’s goal.
The Hurricanes play their final game of the Rookie tournament Monday at 3:00 p.m. against the New York Rangers at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
For more information on either the rookie camp or professional camp, contact Jerry Peters at (919) 861-5429.
INJURY REPORT: Kurka left the game part way through the second period with a hip flexor and did not return…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.
FIRST PERIOD -- SCORING: 1, Carolina, Kurka 1 (unassisted), 0:50; 2, Carolina (power play), Cohen 2 (Kelly, Merrick), 3:02; 3, Buffalo, Milley (Preston, Mosovsky), 5:15; 4, Carolina, Brow 1 (McDonald), 9:21. PENALTIES: Parent, Buffalo (Cross-checking), 2:48.
SECOND PERIOD – SCORING: 5, Buffalo, Zigomanis (Bartovic), 4:16. PENALTIES: Wallin, Carolina (Roughing), 8:44; Bizyayev, Buffalo (Tripping), 9:57; Mahon, Carolina (Roughing), 12:30; Preston, Buffalo (Roughing), 12:30; Self, Buffalo (Unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:19; Mahon, Carolina (Holding), 17:36; Spence, Carolina (Roughing), 19:04; Wallin, Carolina (High-sticking), 19:47.
THIRD PERIOD – SCORING: 6, Carolina (short-handed), Svoboda 1 (Lysak), 1:09; 7, Buffalo (power play), Mosovsky (Bartovic), 1:41. PENALTIES: Fox, Carolina (Cross-checking), 0:43; Growden, Buffalo (Slashing), 4:51; Spence, Carolina (Fighting), 7:19; Brunel, Buffalo (Fighting), 7:19; Svoboda, Carolina (Roughing), 9:37.
SHOTS ON GOAL
Carolina 18 14 9 – 41
Buffalo 10 21 9 -- 40
Power-play Conversions: Car - 1 of 4, Buf - 1 of 6. Goalies: Carolina, Dolson (40 shots, 37 saves; record: 1-0-0). Buffalo, Stirling (41, 37; record: 0-1-0). Attendance: 2,560