HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Thursday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1. Florida attempted to rally from a 2-0 deficit and dominated play in the second half of the game. LW Josh Olson tallied the lone Panthers’ goal with 0:19 seconds remaining in the second period. He was assisted on the play by D Lucas Krajicek and D Paul Elliott. Florida registered 26 shots on net in the final 30 minutes of the game. Montreal goaltender Olivier Michaud was named the Player of the Game for the Canadiens as he stopped all but one of those shots.
Florida’s Player of Game G Billy Thompson made 27 saves. Florida killed off all seven Montreal power plays. The Panthers only had two power play chances. Florida outshot Montreal 35-29. With the loss, the Panthers record drops to 0-2-0 in the tourney. The round robin tournament will continue on Friday with the Panthers taking on Phoenix at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Montreal in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: Montreal RW Marc-Andre Thinel scored the lone goal of the first period at the 15:29 mark. Florida’s Thompson was solid stopping 10 shots. The Panthers were outshot by the Canadiens, 11-7.
SECOND PERIOD: After falling behind 2-0, the Panthers battled back with a goal in the final minute of the period. Sustained pressure in the Montreal zone resulted in a goal with just 0:19 on the clock as Olson connected on a scramble in front. He was assisted o Read more»
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament began on Wednesday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 by scoring the game’s final five goals. RW Josh Langfeld and LW Alexandre Giroux each scored a pair of goals for the Senators. C Mike Green tallied the lone Panthers goal. G Davis Parley made 27 saves for Florida, while G Ray Emery stopped 15 shots for Ottawa. The Senators held a 32-16 shot advantage. Ottawa was 1-for-11 on the power play.
The Panthers failed to score on all five of their power play chances. Florida played the final two periods of the game with just four defensemen after D Vladimir Sapozhnikov (right shoulder injury) and D Michel Periard (headache from hit from behind) left the game due to injury. RW David Morisset, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for RW Scott Mellanby last February, was named the player of the game for Florida. He registered an assist and eight hits in the game. The round robin tournament will continue on Thursday with the Panthers taking on Montreal at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Phoenix in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: C Mike Green opened the scoring just five minutes into the contest connecting on the Panthers second shot of the game. Morisset recorded an assist and a team-high four hits in the period. Ottawa tied the score on a shorthanded unassisted goal when Giroux tallied with 11:01 gone in the period. The Panthers outshot the Senators, 8-6.
SECOND PERIOD: Ottawa scored the Read more»
The Manitoba Moose announced that the Columbia Inferno will be Manitoba’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2001-2002 season. It is the first time in Moose history the club has had a ‘AA’ affiliate.
The Moose/ Canucks will supply up to four players to the Inferno. The agreement means that the Moose will have access to Columbia players for injury replacement and it is expected that the Moose will also invite a number of Columbia’s independently signed players to Moose training camp in September.
“We are thrilled to be affiliated with Vancouver Canucks and the Manitoba Moose,” said Inferno head coach Scott White through a Columbia press release. “Both clubs are top-notch organizations, and fans in Columbia will have the opportunity to see a number of future NHL prospects.”
The Inferno are an expansion franchise in the 29-team East Coast Hockey League. The team plays out of the Carolina Coliseum (6,231) in Columbia South Carolina. The Inferno will play in the ECHL’s Southeast Division in the Southern Conference.
AROUND THE AHL
The Utah Grizzlies have lost their home with the 2002 Winter Olympics in town. The Grizzlies will play their last game at home at the E Centre on January 19 and will not return home until Febuary 28th. The Grizzlies will play 17 consecutive road games in 40 days.
Center Bobby Brown and left wing Jason Shmyr have signed with the Houston Aeros. Brown had 25 points in 58 games for Houston last year, while Shmyr had 308 PIM in 57 games for Utah and the AHL’s Portland Pirates.