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Recap: Canes Cap Tournament with 5-0 Win

Carolina finishes third after shutout victory

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Following a disappointing effort on Monday night that denied them their bid for a second straight championship berth, the Carolina Hurricanes bounced back and finished third in the NHL Prospects Tournament with a 5-0 shutout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Callum Booth posted a 29-save shutout and Andrew Poturalski scored two of the Canes' five third-period goals in the team's third win in four games in Traverse City.

Video: Traverse City Tournament: MIN vs. CAR Highlights

"We just had to put that one behind us. We did some film this morning and got back on the ice," Poturalski said. "Games like that, you just have to forget about them. Sulking about it is not going to do any good. We just showed up today, stuck to our game plan, worked hard and came out with a good win going into camp."

"The team who wants it more and works the hardest is going to come out victorious at the end of the game," Booth said. "I think we did a great job of that."

"I thought we battled and competed very hard," head coach Mike Vellucci said. "We didn't turn it over as much."

Video: Mike Vellucci: "Made sure they were focused"

On Monday night against Chicago, Booth was removed from the game after surrendering three goals on his first five shots faced. Tonight, he stopped all 29 he saw.

"It was definitely a tough loss. It was a wake-up call," Booth said. "We needed to work harder, reduce turnovers and play our game."

"I thought Boother really had an encouraging game," Vellucci said. "He bounced back from a rough one yesterday, so I'm happy for him that he worked hard and got it done."

With the game scoreless after 40 minutes, the Hurricanes scored five unanswered goals in the third period to capture a third-place finish. Poturalski scored back-to-back goals - his first a finish of a beauty of a thread-the-needle pass from Martin Necas and his second a rebound tally off a Jake Bean point shot - and Roland McKeown, Julien Gauthier and Stelio Mattheos also found the back of the net.

"He did the right things," Vellucci said of Poturalski. "He's a good player, and we're lucky we had him today."

Video: Andrew Poturalski: "We showed up today"

"I just think we're a high-skilled team. We played with a lot of pace," Poturalski said. "We competed and tried to stick to the stuff that this organization preaches. … With the skill and speed we have, it's been fun."

Nic Roy was on the receiving end of a hard hit, one looked high and made contact with the head, early in the game. He was helped off the ice and did not return to the contest.

"We held him out. Anytime you get a hit like that, kind of a cheap shot, we just want to make sure he's OK," Vellucci said. "The doctors will look at him when we get back to Raleigh."

Though the Hurricanes were unable to capture back-to-back titles at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, what this group of 20-plus brings back with them to Raleigh in preparation for training camp is valuable experience. No doubt, this is a speedy and skilled bunch, and what they showed in four short games is very promising.

Video: Callum Booth: "Finish on a win"

"Getting in game shape coming out of the summer is always a little bit of an adjustment," Poturalski said. "To take this weekend and kind of use that as your adjustment period and go right into camp in full shape and ready to go is huge."

"They had to battle and compete. It was a very tough tournament," Vellucci said. "They are going to be game-ready when they get [to Raleigh]. They've just got to play smart. Hopefully they learned that managing the puck is a big part of the National Hockey League."

"It should be fun," Booth said of camp, which begins on-ice Friday. "It's always a great atmosphere with the group, and I can't wait to get there."

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