Game 1: Leafs' Rookies Fall to Pens' in Shootout( Kitchener, ON )
– One night after jumping out to a 4-0 lead 21 minutes into their game versus Pittsburgh, the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie team saw Ottawa do the same in one less minute en route to a 4-2 victory on Saturday evening in game two of the weekend prospect tournament at Kitchener’s Memorial Auditorium.
For the second consecutive night a former Toronto St. Michael’s Major opened the game’s scoring as Tyler Donati banked a shot off of Maple Leaf defenceman Eric Regan and past a surprised James Reimer
for a 1-0 Ottawa lead at 8:36 of the first period. The power-play marker was Donati’s first of the tournament. Russian forward Ilja Zubov scored on the Senators’ next shot as Ottawa increased their lead to two 43 seconds later. Zubov one-timed a pass from Jim McKenzie then rang the shot off the inside of the right post before finding its way to the back of the net. Zubov and fellow Russian Alexander Nikulin added to the lead as the Senators gained a 4-0 advantage then survived a full two minute five-on-three power-play opportunity for Toronto in the late stages and sat comfortably at intermission.
Toronto’s Tyler Doig cut the Senators’ lead to three when he beat netminder Brian Elliott with a shorthanded marker just over five minutes into the middle stanza. Mike Gauthier, making his first appearance after sitting out Friday night’s contest, found his way onto the scoresheet in different fashions when he squared-off with Ottawa’s Brett Gallant early in the second period then redirected a Darryl Boyce pass past Elliott to make it 4-2 at 15:14. Boyce finished the game tied with fellow Prince Edward Islander Geoff Walker and Swedish defencemen Anton Stralman for the team lead in points with two.
The Leafs’ peppered Elliott throughout almost the entire third period but were unable to beat the Newmarket native on any of their 14 third period shots. With the loss, Toronto fell to 0-1-1 on the tournament. They return to the ice to face Florida’s prospect squad at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Panthers are 1-1-0 after two games.
After going 2-4 on the power-play in the opener the Leafs were held scoreless on three attempts while the Senators scored once in four opportunities.
In earlier action on Saturday, Florida Panther prospects fell 6-3 to Pittsburgh as the Penguins improved to 2-0-0 on the weekend. First Period
1. OTT T. Donati (1) Daugavins & Grenzy @ 8:36 PP
2. OTT I. Zubov (1) McKenzie @ 9:19
3. OTT I. Zubov (2) Johnson & Grenzy @ 14:53
4. OTT A. Nikulin (1) Donati & Lee @ 19:19Second Period
5. TOR T. Doig (1) unassisted @ 5:01 SH
6. TOR M. Gauthier (1) Boyce @ 15:14Third Period
OTT - 21: TOR - 36