Thrashers win 6-4 over Blue Jackets at Traverse City

By Jessica Haskin
With only two minor penalties and a few stoppages in play the first 12
minutes of the game appeared as if it was going to be a fairly slow
night without much scoring, fighting or penalties. It turned out to be
quite an exciting game with 10 goals, 3 fights and over 50 penalty
minutes. Kent McDonell received a holding call at 11:50 of the first
giving Atlanta the man advantage. Derek MacKenzie sent the puck past
Shane Bendera, with assists from Vladimir Sicak and Mike Weaver. A few
minutes later Trevor Ettinger and Eric Bowen went for a little dance
with each other, each drawing 5 minute fighting majors. With 3 and a
half minutes left to go in the first, Dan Preston made a beautiful drop
pass to Kent McDonell who fired it home using Preston as a screen. With
one minute left in the period Robb Palahnuk and Luke Sellars started
fighting. Sellars helmet fell over his face and hung there over his
eyes, with Palahnuk hanging onto his arms he was helpless. Palahnuk
spun Sellars in a circle and finally Sellars just dropped to the ice.
Each received 5 minutes for fighting.

Twenty-five seconds into the second period Jonathan Schill drew 2
minutes for interference. Vladimir Sicak came close ringing it off the
post on the man advantage but no goals were scored. Columbus drew two
minor penalties a minute and a half apart. Columbus won the face off,
passing it back to the defensemen who went to slam the puck out of the
zone but caught the ice, broke his stick and gave the puck to
Atlanta. Columbus was now trying to kill a 5 on 3 with only 2 sticks
for their players on the ice. They tried their best to kill it off but
were too badly out numbered and Brad Tapper scored on a nice passing
play. Atlanta still with a one man advantage and Columbus feeling shook
up, Simon Gamache found the twine. Atlanta kept coming, with only 30
seconds of play going by, Derek MacKenzie sent it home. Columbus pulled
Bendera replacing him with Gene Chiarello. Chris Rowan drew yet another
Columbus penalty when he went to the box for boarding. Gamache received
a nice pass from Tapper, and sent the puck over Chiarello’s left
shoulder. Columbus couldn’t seem to stay out of the box, Mathieu Darche
headed there next, less than a minute after the last goal by Atlanta.
Chiarello stoned Weaver on a hard slap shot just above the face off
circle, keeping Columbus from sinking deeper into the hole. Ben Keup
scored a spectacular short handed goal at 13:09. It was Atlanta’s turn
to sit in the box as Carl Mallette took a hooking call. Darche made up
for taking the penalty that cost them the 5th goal by scoring on the man
advantage. With less than 2 minutes left in the period Blake
Bellefeuille working with McDonell scored, bringing the Blue Jackets
within one. Atlanta put the puck in the net 6 minutes into the 3rd, but
the whistle had blown for the net off it’s moorings. With one minute
left in the game Columbus pulled Chiarello. Fourteen seconds later
Blatny scored in the open net. The Thrashers out worked the Blue
Jackets and won the game 6-4. Yet both teams proved competitive with
promising prospects to look for in the future of the NHL.