Prospect Recap: Thrashers 7, Hurricanes 3
Traverse City, MI
The Hurricanes’ rookie squad takes to the ice for their third game of the NHL Prospects Camp in Traverse City, MI, at 3:30 p.m., this time against the Atlanta Thrashers.
Since their win on Monday against Detroit, the Hurricanes have learned that they are in the championship game of the tournament to be held on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of today’s St. Louis and Minnesota tilt. Carolina is 2-0, and holds the first tiebreaker (head-to-head wins) against Detroit and the New York Rangers, who are both 1-1. Atlanta, the other team in the four-team East Division, is 0-2. Therefore, even if they lose to the Thrashers today, the Hurricanes will be 2-1 and will hold the tiebreaker against the only other team (Detroit or New York) that could finish 2-1. Can you say division champs?? :)
So, in essence, today’s game against the Thrashers is meaningless as far as the tournament standings go. Of course, Carolina’s coaches and management will want to see a full effort from the team. After all, these guys are still playing for invitations to training camp in Raleigh and roster spots with Carolina and Albany. In short – there’s definitely a lot to play for. Plus, it would be nice to see the Hurricanes to go undefeated in round robin play in their first visit to this tournament.
Just to catch everyone up on the team’s goings on since its win on Monday – the team practiced yesterday at 1:15 p.m., and the guys all spent some time in the gym afterwards. Some of the guys played nine holes of golf afterwards, while the others went to dinner together, etc., etc. It’s a good group of young players – understandably nervous and somewhat reserved throughout the week, but seemingly growing more comfortable with each other and the task at hand.
As for today’s lineup, coach Jeff Daniels and assistant coach Geordie Kinnear have made no changes. Justin McCrae hopes to skate with the team in practice tomorrow, but he will once again sit out the game. Mike Murphy will start in net, but it would make sense to give camp invitee Alain Valiquette a period’s worth of work or so, as long as all is going well. Here is Carolina’s unchanged 19-player lineup.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Atlanta forward Jimmy Bubnick whistled for boarding at 5:53 of the first period. Carolina managed just one shot (Boychuk) on Atlanta goalie Edward Pasquale during the two-minute power play.
- Carolina defenseman Brett Bellemore whistled for hooking at 8:30 of the first period. Atlanta's power play faired a bit better in getting shots on goal, putting eight shots on Mike Murphy.
Thrashers strike first at 10:31 as Andrew Kozek put home the rebound of Arturs Kulda's point shot, just as the power-play expired. Murphy was definitely challenged during the power play as Atlanta held the puck in Carolina's zone for the majority of the two minutes.
- Atlanta strikes again at 13:13 (bad luck!) of the first period when Mike Forney cleaned up a mess in front of Mike Murphy as the Thrashers again kept possession in Carolina's zone for an extended period of time. The goal was announced as unassisted. Shots 16-8 in favor of Atlanta.
- First fight of the tournament during a Canes game as Carolina camp invitee Elgin Reid squared off against Atlanta's Danick Paquette.
- Canes get a 4-on-3 power play at 15:25 of the first as Atlanta forward Darryl Smith is whistled for holding and Canes captain Nick Dodge got into it with Atlanta defenseman Cody Sol after the whistle and both were called for roughting.
- Hurricanes strike on the 4-on-3 power play at 17:13 of the first period. Camp invitee Josh Day's point shot found its way through traffic to the stick of Matt Kennedy who directed it to defenseman Michal Jordan who tipped it past Thrashers netminder Edward Pasquale. Shots 18 to 14 in favor of Atlanta.
- At 18:01 of the first period, Atlanta's Darryl Smith is whistled for slashing - Carolina's third power play. Final :01 of the power play will carry-over into the second period. Shots after first period: Atlanta 18, Carolina 16. Shots in final 6:47 of the first period: Carolina 8, Atlanta 2. The tide definitely turned after the Thrashers' second goal.
- Canes winger Drayson Bowman whistled for kneeing 3:49 into the second period. Atlanta got four shots on the power play.
- Atlanta defenseman Cody Sol called for closing his hand on the puck at 6:05. Carolina just one shot on the power play.
- It appears as though coach Jeff Daniels has mixed up the forward lines, probably in an attempt to get more than just Boychuk-Sutter-Bowman going. Plus, the Canes are playing with just 11 forwards, so there will be some variations and double-shiftings in order to keep guys as fresh as possible.
- The Hurricanes' defensemen are very vocal, starting with the blueline corps' unofficial leader, Jamie McBain. This increase of on-ice chatter may have been encouraged by the coaching staff during the first intermission.
- Carolina forward Stefan Chaput called for holding at 9:47. Just two shots for the Thrashers on the power play. Nice backhanded chance in-close for Zach Boychuk following the penalty kill, and equally nice save by Pasquale.
- Canes defenseman Beau Schmitz whistled for slashing at 18:11 of the second frame. Canes PK holds Atlanta to one shot in first 1:49 of that power play. The final :11 will carry into the third frame.
- Alain Valiquette replaces Mike Murphy in net to start the third period.
- Atlanta takes a 3-1 lead 1:13 into the third period. Andrew Kozek from Danick Paquette (incidentally, some folks I assume to be Paquette's family is sitting in front of me and they're very excited).
- Cody Sol whistled for hooking at 2:20 of the third. Canes score on the power play! Zach Boychuk from Jamie McBain and Josh Day at 2:26. Back to a one-goal game!
- Hurricanes forward Samuel Morneau called for boarding at 3:42 of the third.
- Hurricanes defenseman Jamie McBain called for high sticking at 8:28 of the third.
- A two-minute tripping penalty to Andrew Kozek at 9:20 nullifies the final minute-plus of Atlanta's power play.
- Thrashers score during a four-on-four scenario as Paul Postma's shot bangs off of the post to Valiquette's left and in at 10:06 of the third period. 4-2 Atlanta. Assist to Atlanta's 2009 first-round pick (4th overall) Evander Kane.
- Michal Jordan heads to the Carolina bench 11 min. into the third with some kind of injury.
- Harrison Reed creates traffic in front of Atlanta's goal and tips Brett Bellemore's shot past Pasquale at11:59 of third. Back to a one-goal game!
- Michal Jordan is heading to the Carolina locker room under his own power, but with a slight limp. Assistant Athletic Trainer Jason Bailey is with him. Hopefully it's nothing serious.
- Brett Bellemore heads to the box for cross checking with 3:19 remaining in regulation. Atlanta wastes no time bouncing on Valiquette's rebound at 16:55 and grabbing a 5-3 lead. Eric O'Dell on the doorstep with assists to Andrew Kozek and Paul Postma.
- Travis Toomey whistled for tripping at 18:34. Jeff Daniels uses the Canes' timeout as this marks Carolina's last chance with a 6-on-4 advantage (Valiquette pulled for the extra attacker).
- Evander Kane skates the puck from his own zone and up the far boards and scores on a tough-angle into the empty net to make it 6-3 Atlanta with 1:08 remaining. So much for going undefeated, but Carolina will be in the championship game tomorrow night!
- Eric O'Dell adds insult to injury as he skates in on Valliquette unobstructed and scores five-hole with 11.3 seconds remaining. Atlanta wins 7-3.
- Final shots: Carolina 46, Thrashers 36.
- Carolina's first goal changed to Matt Kennedy from Michal Jordan and Josh Day. That's what it looked like when the play happened, but they announced that it was Jordan's goal over the PA.
- Official score sheet