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Trio Leads Rookie Cats To Victory

Friday, 09.7.2007 / 6:00 PM ET / News
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Trio Leads Rookie Cats To Victory
By Matthew F. Sacco for floridapanthers.com

Kitchener, Ontario - Panthers fans that don't follow the Cats transaction line with the same fervency that Alan Greenspan followed the stock market, may not know the names Michael Frolik, Shawn Matthias and Michal Repik. But trio's performance as the Cats' most effective forward line in a 2-1 rookie tournament win over the Ottawa Senators conjured visions of similar performances at the BankAtlantic Center in the coming years.

But for now, the young trio will have to settle for rookie camp glory - Repik opened the Cats scoring with assists from Frolik and Matthias - and relative anonymity elsewhere.

The Panthers got the winning goal from left wing Mike Duco, who was a late add in to replace injured forward Brady Calla, who hurt his groin at Thursday's practice. In net, 21-year-old goalie Tyler Plante made 24 saves, with only a third period power play goal standing between him and his first rookie tournament shutout.

But the story of the game was the Cats second line with Matthias centering Czech wings Frolik and Repik. Fans should know Matthias from the 2007 trade deadline, when the 6-3, 211-pounder came over from Detroit in the Todd Bertuzzi trade. Meanwhile, Repik was the Cats second round pick in this past summer's NHL entry draft, while Frolik was the team's first rounder in 2006. All that added up to the Cats first goal and a number of scoring chances including Frolik drilling Sens goalie Brian Elliott in the cage with a slapshot, and Repik just missing a point blank shot on the end of a pretty third period passing play.

The Cats also got stand out performances from defenseman Jordan Henry and 2005 first rounder Kenndal McArdle, who both played physical games against a somewhat bigger Senators team.

The Panthers opened rookie tournament with a win for the first time in the last four years. They outshot the Sens 26-25 including 11-9 in the decisive third period. Both teams had one power play goal while the Cats had six different players record points. Ottawa’s lone goal was scored by Saskatoon native Steven DaSilva. They take the ice again tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Florida Everblades goalie David Shantz will get the nod in goal against the Pens at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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