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Duco, Cats Register Win Against Pens

Sunday, 09.14.2008 / 6:15 PM ET / Recap
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Duco, Cats Register Win Against Pens
Panthers prospect Mike Duco (Photo Credit: Kitchener Rangers)
Kitchener, Ontario – The Florida Panthers prospects skated to a feisty and hard working 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins rookies on Sunday afternoon, behind a two-point performance from LW Mike Duco, along with goals from RW Michal Repik, LW Kenndal McArdle, RW Michael Frolik and C David Brine. Duco, who played his junior hockey for the host city Kitchener, did it all for Florida, scoring a goal, recording an assist, while also getting into a pair of fights.

With the win, Florida improved to 1-1 for the three day tournament and they will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the tournament’s final game on Monday at 7 p.m.

In a hard hitting, high energy first period of action, the Penguins grabbed an early 1-0 lead when LW Casey Pierro-Zabotel grabbed a loose puck in the slot and flipped it past Cats netminder David Shantz. The Panthers prospects out shot the Penguins 10-5 in the opening frame.

Florida wasted no time in the middle frame picking up a goal just 47 seconds into the period.  Repik took a pass from C Shawn Matthias and found the back of the net to even the score at one. The Penguins regained the lead when C Dustin Jeffrey banged a rebound past Shantz at 12:37.

The Panthers knotted the game at two after Duco stole the puck from Penguins RW Aaron Boogaard and fed a pass to LW Kenndal McArdle, who let a shot go that trickled through the pads of G David Brown. Late in the second period, the Cats took their first lead of the game on a wrap around by Brine at 18:09.

In the third period, the Panthers did not look back receiving unassisted tallies from both Frolik and Duco to pad their lead. Shantz shut the door on the Penguins in the final period making 10 stops and finishing with 23 saves for the game.

The game included three fights and the Panthers finished with 56 penalty minutes, while the Penguins were assessed 38 minutes in penalties. Florida went 1-5 on the power play and had a short handed goal, while Pittsburgh failed to convert on nine power play opportunities.

In other rookie tournament play, the Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1) take on the Ottawa Senators (1-0) in the late game on Sunday.

Scoring Summary:
First Period: PIT Pierreo-Zabotel (Daoust, Veilleux) 15:33
Second Period: FLA PP Repik (Matthias, Ellerby) :47; PIT Jeffrey (Haddad, Reed) 12:37;  FLA SH McArdle (Duco) 14:25 ; FLA Brine (Collins) 18:09
Third Period: FLA Frolik (unassisted) 2:00 ; FLA Duco (unassisted) 5:04

Shots:
Florida: 28
Pittsburgh: 25

Power Play:
Florida: 1-5
Pittsburgh: 0-9

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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