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Rough End To Rookie Tourney For Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John Bartlett

The final game of the Rookie Tournament might be one the Leafs would like to erase from their memories rather quickly with training camp around the corner.

The Senators scored early and often as the Leafs took a 7-1 loss to their provincial rivals on Thursday at The Aud in Kitchener.

Erik Condra had a pair of goals for Ottawa, while Brandon Svendsen, Zack Smith, Craig Schria, Keegan Dansereau and Shea Guthrie all added single markers.

Ottawa wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Schira beat James Reimer 10 seconds into the game. It marked the only goal of the first period.

The Senators opened up the flood gates in the 2nd period. Svendsen made it 2-0 just over three minutes into the period. Two minutes later, Smith found a loose puck in front of the Leafs goal, and slipped it past the sprawled out netminder. Condra then netted his first of the night on the power play midway through the period, giving Ottawa the 4-0 lead. The surge continued as Dansereau chipped the puck over the shoulder of Reimer, just inside the crossbar from the side of the goal on another man advantage. Moments later, Guthrie made a rush down the wing, and snapped a shot in the top corner over the stick of Reimer for the 6-0 lead. Condra then potted his second of the night as he capped off a shorthanded 3-on-1 break by the Senators to make it 7-0. Ottawa out shot Toronto 20-5 in the period and held a 34-14 advantage after 40 minutes.

The Leafs would get the only goal of the third period as Tyler Bozak snapped a quick wrist shot past Robin Lehner to break the shutout. Andrew Engelage stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period, coming in to relieve Reimer. His best was a glove save on a breakaway attempt by Condra, who was looking for the hat trick.

Ottawa out shot Toronto 45-27 in the game.

The Leafs will open training camp this Saturday at the new MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
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