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The Ottawa Senators rookie tournament team has fallen to a record of 1-1 after losing 8-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This game disappointed Sens fans; regardless of the circumstances, you never want to lose by 5. The team was in for a difficult night after losing three high-level players, Ridly Greig, Tyler Kleven, and Leevi Merilainen, so a win was bound to be tough. Regardless of the lackluster finish, some players still performed well in today’s game.
First Period Scoring Breakdown
The Sens started the period off hot as Mitchell Martin got the team on the board just over a minute into the game. The play started from the blue line, with Tomas Hamara firing a puck toward the net. After bouncing off of a body out front, the puck ended up on the stick of Philip Daoust at the top right of the crease. Daoust made a slick move to push the puck past the outstretched goaltender’s pad and sent a backdoor pass to Mitchell Martin. Martin made no mistake finishing the play with a tap in back door to put the Sens up 1-0.
The Penguins would tie up the game about 3 minutes later, ending the scoring for the first period. Goaltender Charlie Schenkel put up a strong performance in the opening period for the Senators. Schenkel faced several dangerous opportunities from the Penguins and did what he could to keep the Sens in the game.
Second Period Scoring Breakdown
In the second period, the game started to get away from the Senators as Pittsburgh scored 3 goals in the opening 7 minutes. The Senators needed a spark, and they got it from Tarun Fizer, who scored his 3rd goal, 4th point of the tournament.
The play started in a board battle behind the net, with Roby Jarventie grinding away. Jarventie moved the puck out of a scrum to Zack Ostapchuk, who was set up just under the circle along the goal line. Ostapchuk sent a quick pass to Tarun Fizer, who had been creeping in slowly from the point. Tarun Fizer fired a one-timer across the goaltender’s body, bringing the Senators back within 2.
Third Period Scoring Breakdown
The Penguins added to their lead about 7 minutes into the third period, leaving the score at 5-2. But the Sens refused to go down without swinging as Ty Thorpe brought the team back within 2. The play was created off of a solid one-man rush from Mitch Walinksi. Walinksi drove towards the net with speed before stopping up just above the left-hand circle. This allowed him to draw 2 defenders towards him, opening up a lane for Ty Thorpe. Thorpe made no mistake, beating the goaltender’s high glove side with a wicked wrister.
This would ultimately be the final goal for the Senators rookies, and the Penguins would add 3 late goals for a final score of 8-3. The Sens have one more game remaining Monday against the Montreal Canadiens. The team hopes to finish strong and leave Buffalo with a few wins.
3 Stars Of The Ottawa Senators Rookie Tournament Game Two
1st Star Tarun Fizer
For the second straight game, my first star has gone to Tarun Fizer, who continues to impress. Fizer added another goal to his tally today, bringing him up to 3 goals and an assist in the tournament thus far. He showed off some solid play driving again this game and continued to shoot the puck confidently. Fizer has forced the Ottawa management to consider him a serious candidate to earn a contract with the team.
2nd Star Philip Daoust
My second star of the game goes to Philip Daoust, who showed some flashes of skill in this game. I was unfamiliar with Daoust’s game coming into the tournament, but he has often caught my eye. He showed off his slick skating ability today, along with his vision. His play to set up Mitchell Martin on the Sens’ first goal was especially impressive. I am excited to see what Daoust can do going into the tournament’s third game.
3rd Star Jorian Donovan
Finally, I decided to go with Jorian Donovan for the game’s third star. Donovan didn’t find his way to the score sheet but made a high volume of smart plays this game. He again showed that he is a smooth skater who can move the puck up the ice to create offense. But he also showed some high character attributes in this game by sticking up for his teammates. Jorian Donovan has a bright future ahead of him.
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