Traverse City Tourney Notes

By Jessica Haskin


Minnesota’s Comeback Kids

There’s a new team in camp this year and you better watch out!

The Minnesota Wilds first game, of the six team Prospect Tournament in
Traverse City, Michigan, didn’t have a good beginning. They fell behind
three to zero in the first period but came back to win the game five to
four.

The first goal came for the Detroit Red Wings fifty seconds into the
game the first shot was taken and Tomas Kopecky’s wrister slipped past
Brady Block.
With three minutes and twenty seconds left in the first period,
Minnesota’s Brian Passmore was called for hooking. With the power play
it only took the Red Wings twenty-one seconds to score. Ryan Barnes
received the puck from Tomas Kopecky and drilled it into the net and
then followed head first to join the puck in the net.

Detroit was put on the power play again just twenty-one seconds later
when Rod Sarich was sent to the penalty box for holding. A minute into
the power play Danny Groulx passed the puck across the front of the net
to Pavel Datsyuk who one-timed it past Block.

With one minute and two seconds left in the period Dan Cavanaugh of the
Wilds went to the box for interference but a minute later Detroit’s
Jason Baird took a tripping call to nullify the power play and end the
period.

Minnesota came back from the intermission with hunger. Fifty-three
seconds into the second period Eric Johansson scored with the extra room
on the ice, with Cavanaugh and Baird still in their respective penalty
box.

Cavanaugh‘s time was up two seconds later and the Wild’s went on the
power play. With five seconds left on the power play Stephan Vellieux
lifted the puck over a sprawling Drew MacIntyre.
Detroit tried to turn the heat down a minute and a half later when they
sent their rebound past Block, but the goal was waved off.

Three minutes later the Wild’s tied it up when Cavanaugh, receiving the
pass from Kyle Wanvig, sent it home.
Travis Roach put the Wild’s ahead but Joel Ward of the Red Wing’s scored
to even it back up before the end of the period.

With five minutes remaining in the game Wanvig scored an unassisted goal
through MacIntyre’s five-hole.
The team’s kept it an exciting game with plenty of scoring, a few
scuffles and scrums and one good fight between Brian McGrattan and Derek
Boogaard in the first period. Although both had several good punches in
Boogaard was on top when the officials broke it up.

Atlanta Thrashers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Neither team put a point on the score board with the Columbus Blue
Jackets and Atlanta Thrashers keeping up a steady line to the penalty
box during the first period. The teams combined for an average of one
penalty every two minutes, four of those being fighting majors.

Atlanta found the score board first, eleven minutes and thirty-two
seconds into the second period, when Dany Heatly scored.
Columbus came back with a goal six minutes later from Kiel McLeod who
also scored the game winner with eight and a half minutes left in the
third period.

St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville Predators

The Blues found the net early when Rowe scored with an assist from Igor
Valeev a minute and twenty-two seconds into the game.
The Predators gave the Blues a two man advantage when Timo Helbling was
sent to the box for high sticking a minute after goalie Jure Penko had
taken a penalty for interference.

Valeev scored on the man advantage with assists from Jonathan Fauteux
and Jeff Panzer.
Nashville’s Bryan Lundbohm scored a power play goal a minute into the
third period but was unable to score again to even up the score before
the end of the game.