Sunday, September 11, 2011

NHL Rookie Tournament Updates

Here is your daily NHL Rookie Camp roundup…

Alex Grant’s first game of the annual Ontario rookie tournament went a lot better than his first contest a year ago.

“Just to get that first one over with without any major issues is good,” Grant told the Penguins website. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

Grant was carried off on a stretcher after taking a nasty hit from hit from behind a year ago in London. He would miss roughly half the season because of his injuries.

The former Sea Dogs captain made it through this tournament opener as his Pittsburgh Penguins fell 4-0 to the Ottawa Senators at General Motors Place in Oshawa, Ont.

Grant dropped the gloves with Mark Borowiecki in the second period.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also has a feature on the top pick in the 2005 QMJHL Entry Draft which includes some quotes from Simon Despres.

Nick Petersen and Grant were the only skaters with Sea Dogs connections playing for the Pens as Despres was scratched. Grant was paired with Philip Samuelsson while Petersen played on a line with Tom Kuhnhacki and Ben Street.

According to the Pens website, Petersen had a breakaway and a couple of two-on-one opportunities but was stopped by Senators goalie Robin Lehner.

Stephen MacAulay had two penalties as the St. Louis Blues were defeated by the New York Rangers 5-2 in Traverse City, Michigan.

MacAulay, who wore No. 81, took a high sticking penalty in the first period and a delay of game infraction in the middle frame. The other Sea Dog playing for the Blues, Ryan Tesink, wore No. 70 and was a -2.

Fredericton native Jake Allen took the loss in net while Jason Missiaen, the freakishly tall goaltender who played with Baie-Comeau last year, was the winner.

It was a good night for the Quebec Remparts as Ryan Bourque and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault both scored for New York.

Zach Phillips had a power play goal in the Minnesota Wild’s 6-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabers. Chay Genoway and Mike Kramer also scored for the Wild rookies.

“Kris Foucault deflected a long pass up to Phillips, who skated hard down the left side and slipped the puck past goaltender Nathan Lieuwen on the short side,” describes the Wild’s website.

Phillips finished the game with a -1 rating and one shot on goal.

The game was tied 3-3 entering the third period when the Sabers blew it open with three unanswered goals.

“We had a good first period, but we took a couple late penalties and stopped skating a little bit,” Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. “I think if we get our forecheck going and keep generating chances, hopefully we’ll have some success.” 

Scott Oke and the Dallas Stars thumped the Carolina Hurrucanes 8-2 in Traverse City on Saturday afternoon.

Oke had one shot on goal and no points. According to ESPN Dallas he played on a line with Nick Layton and Cole Grbavac.

Mathieu Corbeil, Mike Thomas, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 in Traverse City.

Thomas assisted on Columbus’s sixth goal and recorded six minutes in roughing penalties. Corbeil was the backup goaltender to Allen York.

Per @CBJProspects (give him a follow on Twitter), Thomas played on a line with Adam Payerl and Patrick Kennedy.

Jurco was a +1 for the Red Wings and didn’t record any points or shots.

Former Sea Dogs and former Maple Leaf prospect Chris DiDomenico scored for the Chicago Blackhawks in their 4-2 loss against Toronto in Oshawa. DiDomenico also had an assist on a Brandon Saad goal.

Toronto’s Jake Gardiner scored some unreal goal. Garrett Clarke didn’t do so well in a fight.

Here are the highlights courtesy of the Maple Leafs website:

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