HALIFAX, Nova Scotia
-- Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne
scored the only goal of the first period and goalie Spencer Martin
of the Mississauga Steelheads turned aside 11 shots to give Team Orr a 1-0 lead on Team Cherry after 20 minutes in the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Metro Centre.
Team Cherry's Zachary Fucale of the hometown Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) made 11 saves in the opening period.
Orr opened a 1-0 lead 3:39 into the first when Erne of Quebec (QMJHL) jumped on a loose puck low in the left circle and hit the back of the net behind Fucale to the dismay of all Halifax Mooseheads fans in attendance. Forward Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) and defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) assisted on the play. Erne is ranked No. 13 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm release of North American skaters.
Erne almost extended the lead moments later when he broke in one-on-one against Fucale, but was denied by the Mooseheads keeper to a rousing ovation.
Not long after, Cherry forward Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers and Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires dropped the gloves and unleashed some haymakers in a spirited scrap with 8:16 remaining in the first. Rychel ended the fight by landing on top of Hartman, a gold medal-winner for the United States National Junior Team at the 2013 World Junior Championship.
Hartman, who opened on Cherry's top line alongside Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin, was credited with the game's first big hit on Dauphin at the Orr blue line less than 30 seconds into the contest.
Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter: @mikemorrealeNHL