Traverse City Tourney, Day 3

By Jessica Haskin

LaRose lifts Wings over Blues, 4-1
By Matt Schwartz and Jessica Haskin

The Detroit Red Wings got their first win of the 2001
NHL Prospects Tournament behind tryout
Chad LaRose’s two-goal, one-assist
performance against the St. Louis Blues in a
4-1 win Friday night.

The victory improved the Red Wings to 1-2
in tournament play.

The Red Wings took the lead in the first
period behind rookie Greg Jacina’s first goal
of the tournament. Pavel Datsyuk, who
finished with three assists on the night, earned a
helper on
the play along with LaRose. Jacina, a tryout from the
Owen
Sound Attack of the OHL, finished with a goal and an
assist.

The Wings took a 2-0 lead before the end of the
period
after QMJHL defenseman Danny Groulx got his first
goal
that was assisted by blueline partner and Wings’
prospect
Paul Ballantyne.

Both teams were scoreless during the second period
but there was plenty of action to keep a fans attention.

The puck was dropped to start the second period and so were two sets of
gloves, Jason Baird’s of Detroit and Brett Lutes’ of St. Louis. Baird
pulled Lutes jersey over his head and gave Lutes a few shots to the head
before the linesman broke it up. Baird received two minutes for
instigating the fight, a five minute major for fighting, and a ten
minute misconduct. Lutes received a five minute major for fighting.

Eight minutes later Ryan Barnes with the Red Wings and Brett
Scheffelmaier with the Blues paired up while Jeff Feniak, Detroit, and
Brad Voth, St. Louis, paired up for a little go around. Scheffelmaier
ended on top in his match while Feniak ended on top in his. Barnes was
two minutes for instigating the fight, five minutes for fighting, and a
ten minute misconduct. Scheffelmaier was given two minutes for roughing
and five minutes for fighting. Feniak and Voth were given five minutes
for fighting and a game misconduct.

LaRose closed out Detroit scoring with two third
period
goals while St. Louis avoided a shutout with a goal
from Jay
McClement.

With forty-six seconds left Barnes and Craig Weller went for a spin.
Both got several good shots in opening up each other wounds from
previous games but Barnes took Weller down in the end. Both received 5
minutes for fighting.

As the buzzer sounded Detroit’s Brian McGrattan slashed Antoine Bergeron
across the forehead, knocking him to the ice. Bergeron laid on the ice
for several minutes till the trainer and three of his teammates assisted
him off the ice.

The game included 96 minutes in penalties — 60 to
the Red Wings
— and Detroit outshot the Blues 37-25.