ROOKIE SHOWDOWN | Maple Leafs – Senators: Ottawa Topples Toronto in OT

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FINAL (OT) | Rookie Showcase 2018 | Saturday September 8, 2018 
Place Bell, Laval, QC




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Maples Leafs forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Marchment – Der-Arguchintsev – Piccinich
Grundstrom – Brooks – Bracco
Ferguson – Stotts – Pooley
Plouffe – McGregor – Bradley[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nielson – Liljegren
Sandin – Durzi
Gordeev – Hollowell[/one_half_last]

Maple Leafs goaltenders:


Injury List:

Game Report

Game Report written by Chris G

The Senators didn’t start today’s game against the Leafs as strong as they did on Friday night against the Canadiens. Ottawa’s prospects took their first shot 10:05 into the first period and ended up getting better as the period went on, outshooting their opponents 10-8 in the period.

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Ottawa opened the scoring at the 14:17 mark of the period as Jordan Stallard put the puck past Ian Scott during a powerplay. There was a lot of traffic in the crease as the goal was scored but officials ruled that the goal would count, as the Sens players were checked into Scott by his teammates.

They had an opportunity to extend their lead when Andrew Nielsen received a five minute major for elbowing Alex Formenton, but it was cut short as Andrew Sturtz took a minor penalty. Seymon Der-Arguchinstev tied the game with a tic-tac-toe play on a delayed penalty call, but that score only lasted 31 seconds as Boston Lejer gave the Sens another lead with a shot from the slot. Maxime Lajoie got his second assist of the game (third in the tournament) on the goal. Derian Plouffe tied the game once again with 1:21 remaining in the period, as he was all alone in front Senators goaltender Kevin Mandolese, who came into the game mid-way through the period. Jordan Hollet made nine saves.

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Luka Burzan broke the 2-2 tie in the third period with 10:49 remaining as he scored on a breakaway while the Senators were shorthanded. The Leafs struck back 28 seconds later on the powerplay as JJ Piccinich tipped Brady Ferguson’s shot passed Mandolese. Brady Lyle scored 46 seconds later with a wrist shot from the slot to give the Senators the lead once again.

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With exactly 5:00 remaining in the third period, Carl Grundstrom just had to tip the puck in as Jeremy Bracco fed him with a beautiful pass to tie the game at 4-4. Adam Brooks sent a lot of the fans at Place Bell home as he scored on a loose puck to give the Leafs the lead with 23.8 seconds remaining in the third, but they left too soon as Drake Batherson tied the game just eight seconds later to send things into overtime.

The 3-on-3 overtime lasted 24 seconds as Formenton scored the game winner after accepting a pass from Batherson. Formenton finished the tournament with 4 points in the two games he played.

The Rookie Showdown concludes on Sunday as the Canadiens face the Maple Leafs at 3pm ET.

▲     Alex Formentin, Jeremy Bracco, Adam Brooks

– for – Power Play – for –
Penalty Minutes
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Senators (2-0-0-0) 1 1 3 1 6
 Maple Leafs (0-1-0-0) 0 2 3 0 5
Scorers Goalies
  • OTT: Stallard (1), Lejer (1), Burzan (1), Lyle (1), Batherson (1), Formentin (2)
  • TOR: Der-Arguchintsev (1), Plouffe (1), Piccinich (1), Grunstrom (1), Brooks (1)
  • OTT: Mandolese (W) 1-0-0-0
  • TOR: Scott (L) 0-0-1-0
 NHL Three Stars


 Video highlights


 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Trent Mann (chief scout): 

Post-game interview with Maxime Lajoie:

Post-game interview with Alex Formentin:

Post-game interview with Drake Batherson:

Interviews conducted by Chris G for AHL Report

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