NHL Prospect Shootout 2 – Day 1 Roundup

By Martin Dittman

GAME 1 – Detroit VS. Chicago

The rivalry between these two teams was renewed on Monday night. The game
ended up with 32 penalties and numerous brawls. Even with all the penalties,
the game still ended up deadlocked at a 3-3 tie. Jack McCracken steered away
33 shots while Jonathan Pelletier stopped 30. Chicago held a 3-1 lead in the
third only to see the lead go away when Brent Hobday scored and just over a
minute later, Anton Borodkin tied it. Detroit prospect Ryan Barnes got
plenty of shots in the form of physical play but also added an assist on the
scoresheet. Yuri Butsayev and Borodkin had a goal and an assist playing on
a line together for Detroit. Highly touted prospect Jiri Fischer played a
decent game and ended up a +1 for the night. Ryan Gaucher also played solid
for the Wings.

Chicago’s Mark Bell lived up to his billing by notching a goal in the
first. Rob Mara, coming back from injuries, had a strong game, with good
overall play and adding two assists. Kyle Calder also had an impressive
night as he notched a goal and an assist. As expected, Ty Jones also played
a physical game joining Barnes. Next up for Detroit will be Nashville,
while Chicago will take on St. Louis.

1st Period-
Det - Butsayev, 1 (Borodkin,Barnes) 9:00
Chi - Bell, 1 (Couture,Mara) 15:00
2nd Period-
Chi - Griffin, 1 (Calder,Mara) 10:27
3rd Period-
Chi - Calder, 1 (McCarthy) 3:43
Det - Hobday, 1 (Hunter,Gaucher) 11:50
Det - Borodkin, 1 (Butsayev,McDonell) 12:58

Det - McCracken 33/36
Chi - Pelletier 30/33

GAME 2 – Nashville VS. St. Louis

Game 2 was a rematch of the gold medal game from last year, but this
time, it had an opposite outcome. The Blues netted two goals in the second
period and two more in the third to seal a 4-3 victory over the Predators.

Unlike the Detroit/Chicago game, this game was limited to only 20 penalties.

Tyler Rennette lead the Blues with two goals. Andrei Trochinsky chipped
in two assists. The Blues scored on successions of two goals in a row in
the second and third periods leading them to victory. Defenseman Didier
Tremblay had a strong game. He played a solid two-way game and chipped in
by scoring the Blues’ second goal giving them a 2-1 lead in the second
period. Also having a strong game was fellow d-man Chad Starling who did
not look out of place and also chipped in with an assist on Tomaz Razinger’s
game winning goal in the third period. Also, Peter Smrek did make the trip
over to Traverse City. Smrek was taken off the roster list just days before
camp began but was added again on Monday. He seemed somewhat tenative on
the ice but did get an assist on Rennette’s second goal.

The Predators were in the game most of the way but young goalie Kyle
Kettles was somewhat apprehenive after coming into the game midway through
the second period. Kettles replaced first round draft pick Brian Finley who
had a strong effort stopping 17 of 18 shots. The surprise of the game came
from the Preds’ Jonathan Schill. Schill, a non roster invite who played for
Kingston last year showed why he was nominated as a most improved played in
the OHL last year by the OHL coaches. He played an extremely strong game
netting two goals, which must have caught the eye of Milwaukee coach Al Sims
who was behind the bench for the Predators. The performance may have helped
Schill earn a spot within the Predators organization and a trip to training
camp in Nashville.

1st Period-
Nsh - Schill, 1 (Panov) 14:19
2nd Period-
Stl - Rennette, 1 (Waslyuk,Batovsky) 1:44
Stl - Tremblay, 1 (Trochinsky,Homer) 13:43
Nsh - Schill, 2 (Gallk) 14:32
3rd Period-
Stl - Razinger, 1 (Trochinsky,Starling) 3:10
Stl - Rennette, 2 (Smrek) 9:40
Nsh - Steenbergen, 1 (Fitzgerald) 19:47

Nsh - Finley 17/18 (1st & 2nd Per.)
Kettles 9/12 (2nd & 3rd Per.)
Stl - Exner 31/34