Panthers Prospects Win 4-2 In Shortened Game vs. Tampa Bay

By Mark Fischel

HULL, Quebec – The Florida Panthers concluded the round-robin portion of the
four-team 2000 NHL prospects tournament today, with a 4-2 victory in a
bizarre game against the rookie squad from Tampa Bay. Following a brawl at
9:53 of the second period, Tampa Bay Lightning Senior Vice President and
General Manager Rick Dudley called his team off the bench, forfeiting the
game. Florida had taken a 4-2 advantage on goals by Brad Woods, Morgan
McCormick, Mike Green and Dan Passero, before the fight broke out. Davis
Parley played well in goal, stopping 13 of 15 shots for the Panthers.

The tournament will conclude Thursday, with the Panthers playing in the
afternoon consolation game against the loser of last night’s game between
prospects from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Tampa will play
the Ottawa-Montreal winner in the championship contest at 8 p.m.

FIRST PERIOD: Following an early goal by Tampa Bay’s Sheldon Keefe, the
Panthers took control of the game by scoring three straight. Woods,
McCormick, and Mike Green each tallied for Florida. Green also assisted on
McCormick’s goal. Both Green and McCormick scored goals in Tuesday night’s
action as well. Parley was impressive in net, stopping 13 of 14 Lightning
shots. Tampa Bay out-shot Florida 14-13 in the period. The Lightning
benefited from three power play opportunities (0-3), while the Panthers had
just one chance with the man advantage (0-1).

SECOND PERIOD: The Lightning closed to within 3-2 just 20 seconds into the
middle period on Jeremy Goetzinger’s first goal of the tournament, but
Passero restored the two-goal edge at 8:58 for Florida with a power-play
goal off a feed from Green. Less than a minute later, the brawl occurred,
with Florida’s Eric Godard and Tampa Bay’s Keefe at the center of the fray,
which started in front of the Panthers’ bench and spilled across the ice,
into the tunnel leading from the Lightning bench to the locker room area.
Panthers’ 2000 draft pick Mathew Sommerfeld (253rd overall), who had amassed
40 penalty minutes Tuesday against Montreal, went after Lightning left wing
Mike Kiesman, who was being ejected, following his second fight of the game.
Kiesman broke free of the linesman escorting him off the ice and fought
Sommerfeld, before several players piled into the Lightning’s bench area.
After order had been restored, Dudley, who had been watching the game from
upstairs in a private suite, called the referee over. When the ref made no
move toward Tampa Bay’s bench, Dudley called his players off the ice.
Florida out-shot Tampa Bay 7-1 in the shortened period. The Panthers scored
on one of three power plays, while Tampa Bay did not enjoy a man advantage.

THIRD PERIOD: No third period was played.

Shots 1 2 3 T
Florida 13 7 - 20
Tampa Bay 14 1 - 15

Goals 1 2 3 F
Florida 3 1 - 4
Tampa Bay 1 1 - 2

Power Plays - Florida 1-4, Tampa Bay 0-3.

I must give many thanks go to the Panther Communications Dept for their full work on this game summary.

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Mark Fischel