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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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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