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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

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STANDINGS

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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