|2017-18 Season, Rookie Tournament | Saturday September 9, 2017
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Addison – Audette – Reway
Pezzetta – Petti – Bitten
Boucher – Ebbing – Fortier
McEwan – Alain – Waked
Mete – Juulsen
Leblanc – Bourque
Walford – Fleury
Scratches: Josh Brook (shoulder)
After finding the spirit to muster a dominating comeback over the Maple Leafs on Friday night, the Canadiens’ rookie squad looked fairly dismal on Saturday when they faced off against the Ottawa Senators.
Granted, the Sens have a bit more size, skill, and speed on their team, along with a veteran goaltender – and it showed. Ottawa found the back of the net less than 30 seconds into the game, and it was downhill from there.
Minding the crease for the Habs was rookie tryout Antoine Samuel. After allowing three goals in the first period, and another two in the second, Samuel was eventually pulled for Michael McNiven at about the halfway point in the game.
But the scoring didn’t stop there. Ottawa would go on to score three more times against their Quebec rivals; all eight goals were scored by different players.
On the Montreal side of the ice, there were some bright spots. The line of Michael Pezzetta, Niki Petti, and Will Bitten continued to be the hardest working trio on the ice. Pezzetta was physical and got in the dirty areas, Petti had good positioning and skating throughout, and Bitten never gave up.
Blueliners Victor Mete and Noah Juulsen worked well together as the top defensive pairing, each showing strength and good vision.
The Canadiens did manage to score twice in this game: a sweet point shot from Mete rocketed past Marcus Hogberg in the Ottawa crease, and Thomas Ebbing tallied his third goal of the tournament.
There’s plenty of work to be done as the team now takes Sunday as a travel day back to Montreal, where rookie camp will continue this week.
▲ Victor Mete, Noah Juulsen, Will Bitten, Antoine Waked
|0 for 4||Power Play||1 for 2|
|NHL Three Stars|
Post-game interview with Martin Lapointe
Post-game interview with Noah Juulsen
Post-game interview with Victor Mete
Post-game interview with Jeremiah Addison
Post-game interview with Antoine Samuel
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