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Leafs Down Panthers In Rookie Tourney

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs Rookie Tournament

Game 1: Leafs' Rookies Fall to Pens' in Shootout
Game 2: Leafs' Rookies Downed by Senators

(Kitchener, ON) – The Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie squad concluded the round robin portion of the tournament on a positive note in defeating the Florida Panthers 6-3 on Sunday evening at Kitchener’s Memorial Auditorium.

For the second time in three games, Toronto opened the scoring when German defenceman Korbinian Holzer blasted a high slap shot past Florida netminder David Shantz only 36 seconds into the contest. Alex Foster earned his second point of the tournament with an assist while 2006-07 Marlies’ teammate Robbie Earl picked up the other helper. Both Holzer and Foster were absent from the Toronto lineup in the 4-2 loss against Ottawa on Saturday night with minor hip ailments.

The Panthers tied the contest when Michal Repik swept a loose puck under a screened James Reimer in the Toronto goal at 11:55. Repik, a member of last year’s Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants sits tied for the Florida lead in goals with two in the tournament. The goal was assisted by Tanner Glass and current Belleville Bull Shawn Matthias. Toronto regained the lead when Darryl Boyce scored his second of the tournament at 19:05, moments after 2007 draftee Dale Mitchell hit the crossbar. Holzer and Brent Aubin had helpers on the power play marker.

Jiri Tlusty scored the middle stanza’s lone goal when he tapped a loose puck past a prone Shantz at 16:31. Boyce registered his team leading fourth point with one of two assists (Reid Cashman) on the power play tally. Reimer made a number of quality stops to preserve the two goal lead through 40 minutes as Florida outshot Toronto 17-8 in the second frame.

Tlusty gave Toronto a three goal lead when he scored his second of the evening off a rebound 24 seconds into the third period. Michel Leveille picked up his first of two assists as he later added a helper when Reid Cashman added to Toronto scoring at 3:46. Leveille, who had two goals in three games with the Marlies last season, has a team high three assists in the tournament. Matthias and Repik had late power play goals to pull the Panthers to within two but Alex Foster cemented the Toronto victory with an empty net goal with 32 seconds to play.

The Leafs scored three times in four power play opportunities and converted a remarkable five of 11 attempts over the course of the round robin. Florida went one for eight with the man advantage.

In earlier action on Sunday, Ottawa recorded the weekend’s first shutout in defeating Pittsburgh 3-0. Those two teams will meet in the tournament’s championship game on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. Toronto will oppose the Panthers in the consolation match at 2 p.m.

First Period

1. TOR    K. Holzer (1) Earl & Foster @ 0:36
2. FLA        M. Repik (2) Glass & Matthias @ 11:55
3. TOR    D. Boyce (2) Aubin & Holzer @ 19:05 PP

Second Period

5. TOR    J. Tlusty (1) Boyce & Cashman @ 16:31 PP

Third Period

6. TOR    J. Tlusty (2) Leveille @ 0:24
7. TOR    R. Cashman (1) Leveille & Tregunna @ 3:46 PP
8. FLA        S. Matthias (1) MacDonald & Collins @ 14:59 PP
9. FLA        M. Repik (3) Collins & MacDonald @ 17:28 PP
10. TOR    A. Foster (1) unassisted @ 19:28 EN


FLA 35 TOR 30
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