PANTHERS PROSPECTS BEAT PHOENIX 3-2
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament concluded on Saturday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Florida Panthers captured third place by defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Panthers netted the game’s first three goals. D Paul Elliott opened the scoring in the first period and assisted on LW Niklas Hagman’s second period tally. Hagman, the Panthers’ third choice (70th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, swept in the rebound of an Elliott shot for a 2-0 lead. RW Kyle Bruce, an eighth round pick in this year’s draft, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. C Janis Sprukts earned his second assist of the game on the play. 18-year-old G Billy Thompson, a fifth round pick this year, made 26 stops for the win. He posted a 1-1-0 record and allowed just four goals in two games. Florida finished the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. The Panthers will begin their main training camp in Florida next week with on-ice sessions beginning on Wednesday at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs.
FIRST PERIOD: Elliott blasted the Panthers’ first shot of the game by the Coyotes netminder on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Sprukts and McCormick earned assists on the play. The Panthers held an 8-6 advantage in shots.
SECOND PERIOD: Hagman and Bruce notched back-to-back goals to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Elliott earned his second point of the night with an assist on Hagman’s goal, and Spruk Read more»
Bob Crawford Wins Ellery Award
Hartford Wolf Pack Radio Broadcaster Bob Crawford is named winner of the 2001 James H. Ellery Award for outstanding media contributions in the radio category.
Bob has spent 13 seasons doing radio broadcasts in the AHL for Adirondack, Providence, Binghamton, and Hartford. Bob was also an on ice reporter during the 2001 AHL All Star Game.
Hartford Wolf Pack Raise Ticket Prices and Charge More On Game Day
The Hartford Wolf Pack raised ticket prices for the fourth time since 1997-98. Ticket Prices went up $1.50 on both the upper and lower level. Ticket prices are now $20.00 for the lower level and $17.50 for the upper level.
In addition to the increase from last seasons ticket prices, the Wolf Pack also charges another dollar on game day. Raising the increase $2.50 from last season. The lower level will now be $21.00 and the upper level will be $18.50 at the box office on game day. This is the first time that the Hartford Wolf Pack are charging more money on game day, and are one of two teams that charge more money on game day.
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Second Game, Second Loss
The Detroit Red Wings haven’t had great success at this year’s prospect
tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Playing two games and losing
each by one point.
The Minnesota Wild’s beat Detroit five to four after Detroit had a lead
of three to nothing in the first period. In the second game, the
Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings two to one.
Joey MacDonald defended the net for Detroit with Pascal Leclaire
starting in goal for Columbus.
Columbus’ Trevor Ettinger and Detroit’s Jeff Feniak did a little dance
for the fans when they dropped the gloves twelve minutes into the game.
Both received 5 minute majors for fighting.
Columbus scored first with six minutes and nineteen seconds to go in the
first period. Brian Cummings getting a pass from Scott Heffeman sent the
puck through MacDonald’s five-hole.
Ettinger was still itching for a good fight and went with Brian
McGrattan three minutes into the second period. Ettinger pulled
McGrattan’s jersey over his head after they’d both gotten a few shots in
on each other. Ettinger then gave McGrattan a few more shots to the face
and pulled him down to the ice when they officials broke it up. Both
were given five minute fighting majors and a game misconduct.
Columbus’ Duvie Westcott went to the penalty box for slashing seven
minutes and twelve seconds into the second period. Thirty-five seconds
into the power play Chad LaRose put Detroit on the score board. Greg
Jacina passed across the front of the net to LaRose who put it in the
net, low on the Read more»