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Maple Leafs Capture Top Spot In Rookie Tournament

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
September 13, 2006

(TORONTO) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs prospects earned first place in a four team round-robin tournament with a 3-2 victory over Montreal Canadiens' prospects earlier this evening at Ricoh Coliseum. It is the third consecutive year in which Leaf prospects have finished on top in this tournament.

The group of 23 prospects consisting of draft picks and amateur try-outs won each of their four games against Montreal (twice), York University and Florida.

There was a tie for the tournament lead in scoring between two Maple Leaf forwards. John Mitchell (twice recognized as a game's first-star) tied for the tournament lead in goals with five, while also tying Brent Aubin in points with eleven. Aubin led the tournament with nine assists in addition to two goals. Forward Jiri Tlusty, the Maple Leafs' first round selection (13th overall) in this past June's NHL Entry Draft scored Tuesday's game-winning goal with 2:54 remaining in regulation-time to secure the Toronto victory. Tlusty (four goals, four assists) finished tied for third in tournament scoring with Montreal's Mathieu Aubin and Sergei Kostitsyn with eight points.

Maple Leafs' goaltending prospect Justin Pogge had three of the four wins while 2006 fourth round selection James Reimer earned a shutout with Saturday's 7-0 victory over the York Lions. Pogge was selected by the Leafs in the 2004 Entry Draft, 90th overall.

The Leafs prospects were coached by the Toronto Marlies coaching staff with Greg Gilbert as head coach with Joe Paterson and Jim Hughes assisting behind the bench.
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