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Wild Prospects Outlasted In Shootout

by Kelly Erickson / Minnesota Wild

As he came down the lane on a rush in the second period, Raphael Bussieres netted the puck on an off-angle shot, giving the Wild its first lead of the Traverse City Tournament Sunday afternoon.

In its third game of the tournament, and final tilt in round robin play, the Wild held its first lead all weekend, but the Stars forced overtime with a score in the third, which ultimately led to a 2-1 shootout Dallas victory.

“We had lots of scoring chances, just didn’t seem to finish,” Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. "Some chances in overtime, a couple of goalposts, the puck just didn’t go in. But they played hard. Dallas has a good group of kids here. It was a fun game to watch.”

Despite the early lead Dallas finally broke Wild goaltender Johan Gustafsson at the 13:01 mark of the third, tying the game. Gustafsson also allowed the lone shootout goal to Alex Chiasson as the Wild came up empty on their three attempts. While Gustafsson took the loss, he made 41 saves on the day as the Stars outshot the Wild 42-28.

The prospects faced some new experiences Sunday between the shootout and a second overtime period of 3-on-3 play.

“The 3-on-3 was really exciting,” Flahr said. “The shootout, I wish it would have went better, but it was a lot of fun. It was an entertaining game, that’s for sure.”

While the Wild remain winless in the tournament Flahr noted that several players have stood out, namely Gustafsson and defenseman Mathew Dumba — who may sit out Monday’s game.

“We’ve had some young guys here that have played a lot of minutes and played in a lot of situations that they’re not used to,” Flahr said. “We’ve hung in there every game and played well. It’s just a matter of scoring on some of our chances.”

Once again, Flahr pinpointed some of his stars of the game including defenseman Corbin Baldwin, and tryout forwards Carter Sandlak and Oliver Archambault who each put a two and three shots on goal respectively.

“He’s great, he’s big, he’s physical with the puck,” Flahr said of Baldwin. “He played a really solid game, probably his best game here for sure.”

The Wild will play in the 7th place game Monday at 2:30 p.m. (opponent TBD --either Rangers or Blue Jackets).

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