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DEVELOPMENT CAMP: TEAM DIONNE DROPS TEAM GRETZKY, 4-2

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Forward Kevin Westgarth had a goal and an assist as Team Dionne scored two unanswered third-period goals to earn a 4-2 victory over Team Gretzky in the 2007 Kings Development Camp’s scrimmage at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday.

After a scoreless first period, forward Lauri Tukonen scored at the 11:27 mark of the second period, converting on a penalty shot to put Team Dionne up, 1-0.

Tukonen, the Kings first round pick, 11th overall in the 2004 NHL entry draft, was tripped up behind Team Gretzky’s net on the previous play. As part of the scrimmage, penalty shots were awarded for all minor penalties and Tukonen took advantage for a 1-0 lead midway through the second period.

Team Dionne upped the lead to 2-0 when forward Matt Moulson scored four minutes later, opening up a two-goal lead at 15:23. Moulson, who was signed as a free agent by Los Angeles on Sept. 1, 2006 after originally being drafted by the Penguins, took a long pass from the goal crease and put a slap shot on net from the left face off circle for Team Dionne’s second goal of the scrimmage.

Team Gretzky halved the lead with 10 seconds remaining in the middle period, as Westgarth, who signed as a free agent with the Kings this past March, converted in front of the net, cutting Team Dionne’s lead to 2-1. Forward Patrick O’Sullivan, whom the Kings obtained in the Pavol Demitra trade at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, carried the action on the play and earned the assist.

The Kings’ 2007 fourth round pick (109th overall) Dwight King, corralled a rebound in front of Team Dionne’s net and pounded it home at 12:56 of the final stanza, to knot the game at two goals apiece.

Team Dionne would score two unanswered goals to close out the third period and earn the 4-2 win.

Forward Brady Murray, the Kings fifth round pick in 2003, tallied the game winner at 12:48 on an assist from Westgarth to take a 3-2 lead.

Just four minutes later at 16:49, Team Dionne iced the game with Vladimir Dravecky converting after a turnover off an assist from forward Joshua Turnbull.

The goaltending on both sides was especially effective, making numerous saves on the evening, led by Team Gretzky’s Jonathan Bernier and Team Dionne’s Jeff Zatkoff, whom both shined in net despite both net minders splitting each period.

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