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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 50 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 53 10 27 9 37
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 53 10 25 11 35
V. Trocheck 53 17 16 3 33
R. Smith 53 16 15 10 31
B. Pirri 49 10 13 -5 23
A. Ekblad 49 10 12 20 22
B. Campbell 53 4 16 16 20
N. Bjugstad 38 9 8 -4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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