ESTERO, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2001) – The Red Team defeated the White Team 4-1 in the Carolina Hurricanes annual intra-squad game Saturday night at TECO Arena.
Right winger Shane Willis, a 2000-2001 NHL All-Rookie Team selection, scored two goals for the Red Team. Center and linemate Rod Brind’Amour assisted on both goals, while left winger Jaroslav Svoboda and defenseman Mike Rucinski (empty net) also scored for the winners. Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh scored a power play goal in the third period for the only White Team tally.
Goaltender Tom Barrasso had an impressive Carolina debut in his 10-minute debut. He stopped all 18 shots he faced, including several rapid-fire saves during a second period White power play. Tyler Moss also stopped 18 shots in relief of Barrasso.
Arturs Irbe started for White in goal and stopped 15 of 16 shots. Jean-Marc Pelletier made seven saves while facing 10 shots.
The Hurricanes, Florida Everblades and TECO Arena raised $5,640 from proceeds of the game, which will go to the American Red Cross for disaster relief from Tuesday’s attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Carolina plays its first preseason game Tuesday night (7:30) at TECO Arena against the Florida Panthers. The Hurricanes play in Sunrise, Fla. the next night (7:30) to take on the Panthers before returning the Raleigh, N.C. for the remainder of camp. The first preseason game at the Entertainment & Sports Arena will be on September 22, when the Hurricanes play host to the Atlanta Thrashers at 7:00 p.m.
Carolina opens the 2001-2002 regular season on October 5 at 7:00 p.m., when the Hurricanes take on the New York Rangers at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
Arturs Irbe, Jean-Marc Pelletier, Sandis Ozolinsh, Ron Francis, Craig MacDonald, Bates Battaglia, Steve Halko, Byron Ritchie, Sami Kapanen, Erik Cole, Jeff Nielsen, Jeremiah McCarthy, Ian MacNeil, Harlan Pratt, Michael Zigomanis, Nikos Tselios, Damian Surma, Greg Kuznik, Ryan Murphy, Jeff O’Neill.
Tyler Moss, Tom Barrasso, Glen Wesley, Marek Malik, Niclas Wallin, Tommy Westlund, Rod Brind’Amour, Mike Rucinski, Darren Langdon, Martin Gelinas, Shane Willis, Craig Adams, Greg Koehler, Tomas Kurka, Brad Defauw, David Tanabe, Brett Lysak, Carter Trevisani, Jaroslav Svoboda, Peter Reynolds.