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Spaling, Wilson Provide Offensive Spark

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
The Predators rookies out-shot the Atlanta Thrashers rookies 34-to-32 and Nick Spaling posted a two point night with a goal and an assist, but it wasn't enough as the Thrashers rookies capitalized on three power-play goals to top the Preds rookies 6-3 in Game 1 of the Rookie Camp Series at Duluth Ice Forum on Monday night.


Spaling, the captain of the Preds Rookie Team, scored early in the second period to pull the Preds within one goal, 2-1. He added a third period assist and finished the game with a team-high four shots on goal to go along with a +2 plus-minus rating.

Colin Wilson, the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, scored a third period goal in his Training Camp debut and finished the game with three shots on goal and a +2 plus-minus rating.

Defenseman Charles-Olivier Roussel, a second round pick this summer, scored the other Nashville goal, while Taylor Beck, a fellow 2009 draftee, picked up a pair of assists on the game. Jonathon Blum, a 2007 first round pick, registered four shots on goal from the blueline and picked up an assist on Nashville's second goal.

Five Thrashers posted multi-point nights led by Jeremy Morin's two goal, one assist effort.

The Thrashers scored a pair of first period goals to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Thrashers scored four second period goals, three on the power-play, to claim a 6-2 advantage after two periods of play. The Predators controlled the play in the third period, out-shooting the Thrashers 15-5 over the final 20:00 of play, and netted the only goal of the final frame, Wilson's tally at the 16:05 mark.

Jeremy Smith and Chet Pickard split the action. Smith got the start and stopped 15-of-18 shots. Pickard turned aside 11 of the 14 shots he faced, but two of his three goals against were power-play scores, including one with a two-man advantage for Atlanta.

The teams rematch tomorrow at Noon ET (11 am CT), also at the Duluth Ice Forum in Duluth, GA.
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