Ray Whitney Rallies Blue Team In Panthers Intersquad Game

By Mark Fischel
In the Florida Panthers intersquad scrimmage at Robert Guertin Arena this evening, Ray Whitney led the Blue Team to a
come-from-behind 6-3 victory. Whitney scored a pair of goals, and rookie Mike Green added a goal and two assists for the winners. After
giving up three goals in the first period, the Blue Team rallied to score the final six goals of the game. Goaltender Sean Gauthier, who played
the second half of the game for the winning squad did not allow a goal. Many of the veterans saw just limited action. Florida will take on Ottawa
in its first pre-season game of the year in Halifax, Nova Scotia tomorrow.

FIRST PERIOD: The Red Team exploded for three goals in a span of 1:14 as Len Barrie set up a pair of goals. Rookie Mike Cirillo
notched a goal and an assist, while Paul Laus and rookie Ryan Jardine each tallied once. Ray Whitney got the Blue Team on the
scoreboard on a pass from Mike Green.

SECOND PERIOD: Green, Paul Brousseau, and Morgan McCormick led the Blue Team, scoring three unanswered second period
goals. Goaltenders Trevor Kidd (16 shots, 13 saves) and Roberto Luongo (18 shots, 15 saves) both left the game at the midway
point. Each netminder allowed three goals.

THIRD PERIOD: Peter Ratchuk and Whitney secured the Blue Team’s victory by scoring third period goals. The Blue Team
outshot the Red Team in the game 33-25. The game ended prematurely when a pane of glass became dislodged with 4:15
remaining in the third period.


Scoring:

First Period

Red 4:57 Mike Cirillo, Len Barrie
Red 5:49 Paul Laus, Mike Cirillo, Len Barrie
Red 6:11 Ryan Jardine, Eric Boguniecki
Blue 8:45 Ray Whitney, Mike Green

Second Period

Blue 4:18 Mike Green, Brent Thompson
Blue 7:12 Paul Brousseau, Kyle Rossiter
Blue 13:20 Morgan McCormick, Michel Periard, Mike Green

Third Period

Blue 2:44 Peter Ratchuk, David Emma, Scott Mellanby
Blue 14:54 Ray Whitney (unassisted)

Penalties:

First Period: None
Second Period: 6:08 Len Barrie (cross check)
Third Period: None

Goaltenders:

Red Team – Trevor Kidd (30:01,3GA,13svs,16shts)
Alexander Auld (29:59,3GA,14/17)

Blue Team – Roberto Luongo (30:01,3GA,15svs,18shts)
Sean Gauthier (29:59,0GA,7/7)

Shots 1 2 3 T
Blue 9 17 7 33
Red 12 11 2 25

Goals 1 2 3 F
Blue 1 3 2 6
Red 3 0 0 3

Power Plays – No power plays were awarded. At the end of the game each team was penalized one penalty shot against per three
minor penalties assessed.

Panther Notes: Center Viktor Kozlov did not participate in the intersquad scrimmage due to an oblique muscle strain. He is listed as
day-to-day. Mike Sillinger returned home to Regina, Saskatchewan to be with his wife. They are expecting the birth of their second
child.

I must give many thanks go to the Panther Communications Dept for their full work on this game summary.

As always, feel free to write me with any comments or post on applicable team or general message boards

Mark Fischel