The Minnesota Wild have taken home the championship title from the 2003 Traverse
City Prospect Tournament. On the fifth and final day of camp, the Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 3-2, the Atlanta
Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 10-2 in a penalty filled game, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 in the last game of
Atlanta Thrashers vs. Washington Capitals
The Atlanta Thrashers beat the Washington Capitals 10-2 in a penalty
fight filled game. There were 154 penalty minutes and 9 fights in the
game. The officials added a second ref for the third period and changed
the rule from two fights resulting in a game ejection to one fight and
game ejection for the third period.
Maxime Daigneault, in goal for Washington, allowed 7 goals on the first
14 shots before settling down for the last half of the game allowing 3
goals on 22 shots.
Michael Garnett played very well stopping 42 of the 44 shots he faced.
Washington’s two goals were scored by Owen Fussey and Boyd Gordon.
Atlanta’s goals were scored by Tommi Santala, Danny Bois, Brad Schell
(2), Jimmy Sharrow, Evan Nielsen, Stephen Baby, Braydon Coburn (2), and
The 9 fights were between the following pairs, Baby and Louis
Robitaille; Kris Deines and Steve Eminger; Deines and Miroslav Durak;
Guillaume Desbiens and Adam Huxley; Baby and Huxley; Paul Flache and
Jevon Desautels; Kevin Doell and Fussey; Doell and Robitaille; Marc St.
Jean and Desautels.
Minnesota Wild vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Wild beat the Lightning by a score of 3-2 on their way to the
Tampa Bay scored first with a goal from Zydnek Hrdel at 3:49 of the
first. Jean-Francois Soucy and Dustin Johner had the assists.
Minnesota evened it up at 4:28 of the second when Pascal Pelletier
scored on the power play with assists from Erik Reitz and Jean-Francois
Tampa Bay regained the lead with a shorthanded goal from Johner
forty-seven seconds after Minnesota’s goal.
Minnesota’s Adam Courchaine scored fifteen seconds later to tie the
back up. Joel Ward and Zybnek Michalek had the assists.
Pelletier scored the game winning goal for Minnesota at 12:25 of the
third period with Michalek and Cyr getting the assists.
Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues
The Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-4 in a
St. Louis’ Aaron MacKenzie scored the first goal. MacKenzie stole the
puck at Detroit’s blueline and scored with a slapshot from the top of
the left face-off circle over Stefan Liv’s left shoulder at 1:12 of the
Kyle Quincey tied it up with a goal for Detroit at 4:04 with a slapshot
from the blueline that went off a defenseman in front of the net.
Robinson and John Shouneyia had the assists.
Konstantine Zakharov scored a power play goal for St. Louis with his
shot going off the inside of Liv’s left pad bounced and hit the right
pad and slid across the goal line at 5:25 of the first period.
David Brisson tied it up once again at 10:50 of the first period
slipping the puck past Chris Beckford-Tseu with Shouneyia assisting on
St. Louis went ahead again at 1:55 of the second period with D.J.
goal. MacKenzie and Alexandre Bolduc had the assists.
Brisson scored another goal for Detroit this time on the power play.
Robinson passed the puck in front to Brisson who was just below the
marks. Brisson took a quick wrist shot through Beckford-Tseu’s
At 18:53 Quincey took a shot from the point, Beckford-Tseu had it in
glove for a fraction of a second before it popped out and Matt Ellis
was on the doorstep jammed it into the net putting Detroit up 4-3.
The game winning goal came at 2:26 of the third period when Jiri Hudler
passed across the front of the net to Darryl Bootland. Beckford-Tseu
tried sliding across but was too late at Bootland shot it in before
Beckford-Tseu could get there.
With 3:50 left in the game Bolduc scored on King’s rebound. St. Louis
then took two penalties 25 seconds apart giving Detroit a long 5-on-3
making it near impossible for St. Louis to tie the game up.
All the teams but Detroit head to their respective training camps. Detroit’s Stefan Liv heads back to Sweden to join his team, HV-71 Blue
Bulls, for the season as the 2003 Traverse City Prospect Tournament comes to a close.