The following is live, up to the minute coverage of today’s rookie tournament game between the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks. Â Remember to refresh the page to get the latest updates.
Update: We’re about one hour from hockey as the doors open at the JLC. Â Final prep being done to the rink ahead of warm up, which will get going in about 30 minutes time. Â For those in the area, I am jumping on FM96 again to talk Leafs around 2PM.
Update: Lights are up, and warm up is set to begin here in London.
Update: Erik Condra once again wearing the “C” for Ottawa. Â Connelly for Chicago.
Update: Warm up just finishing. Â Puck drop at 2PM.
Update: Just about set for puck drop here in London. Â Foote get the start in goal for the Senators. Â The Blackhawks counter with Kent Simpson.
Update: Lalonde is hit hard from behind, and the Hawks are going to the powerplay. Â Schira to the box for two minutes.
Update: Senators have 30 seconds left in the penalty. Â The Hawks with little pressure. Â Lalonde and Leddy do decent job keeping pucks in zone, but Leddy’s cross ice pass is picked off by Hoffman, who helps kill the clock for the Sens.
Update: The Senators have killed the first penalty of the game.
Update: And we have the first fight. Â Spencer for the Sens tangles with Fletcher for the Hawks. Â Good fight. Â Both land a couple shots that bring out an “OOH” from the crowd. Â We’ll call it a draw. Â Nearly four minutes gone in the first period.
Update: Just two shots recorded through the first five minutes of the game (credited to Chicago.) Â Foote makes a glove save that had a little bit of desperation too it.
Update: For those who aren’t following my Twitter, Leafs GM Brian Burke and Dave Nonis are both in the stands watching today’s game. Â Makarov goes off for interference, the Senators have their first powerplay of the game.
Update: Lalonde gets in on a shorthanded chance but cant cash. Â Hawks had the best chance of the powerplay, and they were killing it. Â Teams back to five a side hockey. Â 12 minutes left in the opening period.
Update: Hawks have done a great job of activating their sticks while on the defensive. Â They are breaking up a lot of Senators plays as they attempt to set up in their zone.
Update: About mid way through the first and the Senators will go to their second powerplay of the game. Â Looks like Jonathan Carksson will get the gate for interference.
Update: Senators defenseman Patrick Weircioch leaves the point to dangle down low, and gets pasted for his efforts. Â 30 seconds left in the Blackhawks minor.
Update: The Senators regroup in their own zone as the penalty expires. Â Even strength hockey back in effect. Â Hawks had the stronger start, but Senators beginning to even the play out a little here. Â 8 minutes left in the first period. Â Shots read three a piece.
Update: And the Blackhawks take a 1-0 lead o a David Gilbert goal. Â Gilbert connected on a pretty saucer pass from Chris DiDomenico and beat Foote through the legs. Â 1-0 Chicago.
Update: Senators come right back down and hit the goal post. Â Then the Hawks come back down and get a good chance point blank. Â Perhaps the goal has woken the sides up.
Update: The Senators tie the game on a weird one as the shot from Jim O’Brien broke the mesh netting. Â Game is tied 1-1.
Update: Bobby Butler picks up the assist on O’Brien’s goal. Â A nice shot coming down the wing that broke the twine. Â Six minutes remain in the first.
Update: Jared Cowen goes to the box for roughing, and the Hawks go to the powerplay with 5:22 left in the period.
Update: Blackhawks buzzing on the powerplay, but can’t cash in. Â DiDomenico gets a shot that Foote half gloves, half stops with his mask. Â 44 seconds left in Cowen’s minor.
Update: Foote covers up with pressure on the doorstep. Â Just 5 seconds left in the penalty for the Senators. Â Hawks have 10 first period shots so far.
Update: Cowen exits the box, teams go back to five-on-five. Â Hawks still controlling the play.
Update: Lots of traffic in front of the Sens net, and a scrum ensues as Foote covers the puck. Â Foote hasn’t looked spectacular by any stretch, but he has kept the Senators in this game through two stretches during the first. Â 2:20 left in the opening frame.
Update: Final minute of play in the first period. Â Senators have gone through stretches where they have been hard pressed to get puck out of their own zone. Â Blackhawks defenders are engaged at the points today.
Update: Final seconds will tick down here, and the first period is in the books. Â Shots read 12-6 in favour of the Blackhawks, who strung together good stretches of pressure throughout the first.
Update: Both teams have taken the ice and the puck is set to drop for period two.
Update: Quick pace to start the second period. Â Both teams skating hard, but not many chances to speak of. Â Just under two minutes gone.
Update: Hard shot hits Hawks goalie Kent Simpson in the neck guard. Â An audible noise echoes through arena. Â Good advertisement for the neck guards on a goalie mask.
Update: Second scrap of the night. Â Wallace for Sens, and London native Rob Flick for Chicago. Â A few good shots a piece. Â More grabbing than anything. Â Another draw on the fight card. Â This one was right in front of the benches. Â Seems to have riled up both teams. Â Nearly five minutes gone in the second.
Update: Simpson makes a great desperation save on Corey Cowick of the Senators, who thought he had Simpson deked out and dead to rights. Â Still 1-1. Â 13 minutes to play in the second.
Update: Simpson comes up for on Erik Condra, and Foote one ups him at the other end. Â Goalies are turning it on here in the second period. Â 10 minutes to play in the middle frame. Â 1-1 score.
Update: Simpson with another big save, using the arm to thwart Sens forward Colin Greening. Â Simpson is quietly putting together a real good day in between the pipes. Â 8:30 remains in the second.
Update: Blackhawks will go the powerplay as Sens defenseman Craig Schira goes to the box for tripping.
Update: Butler buzzing for the Senators on the penalty kill, hit the goal post on a shorthanded chance. Â Senators starting goalie Foote made some key saves on the powerplay. Â Blackhawks did a good job of puck movement, but can’t solve Foote with the man advantage. Â Game still tied 1-1 with 5 minutes left in the second.
Update: Spotted at the JLC so far this afternoon: TSN’s Sherri Forde, Marlies play-by-play duo John Bartlett and Bob McGill, Brian Burke, Dave Nonis, and our very own Gus Katsaros. Â Getting ready to meet some MLHS readers between periods as well. Â Also sitting in the press box with Senators PR man Chris Moore.
Update: And the Blackhawks take a 2-1 lead after scoring on an odd man rush. Â Looks like London native Rob Flick with the goal. Â Flick on the receiving end of a nice pass from Steele Boomer after a terrible Bobby Butler giveaway leads to the scoring chance. Â Should be noted that Sens goalie Foote made a nice first save, but couldn’t handle the rebound. Â Final minute of play in the second period.
Update: Boomer and Hoefflin grab assists on Flick’s goal.
Update: Final seconds tick off the clock and the Hawks will carry a 2-1 lead into the room after the late goal by Flick. Â Shot clock reads 25-18 for Chicago.
Update: The Backhawks believe they have scored here. Â Refs are conferring. Â If s it’s an early goal for Chicago to start the third period.
Update: And the goal is counted. Â Igor Makarov looked to have last touch and has been credited with the goal. Â He scores 59 seconds into the third period to give the Hawks a 3-1 advantage.
Update: Brandon Pirri and Nick Leddy pick up helpers on Makarov’s goal.
Update: London native Rob Flick seems to have some jump for the Hawks today as he nearly misses a shot top corner
Update: The Senators pull within one as Adam Wallace hammers home a slap shot from the point. Â Wallace now has a fight and a goal this afternoon. Â 3-2 hockey game now with 16:07 remaining in the third period.
Update: Tim Spencer and Szydlowski pick up assists on the Wallace goal. Â Still 3-2 Chicago with just under 15 minutes to play in the game.
Update: 11 minutes left in the third period and the Senators are slowly starting to put a little more pressure on the Hawks. Â Senators controlled much of the play for the last few minutes before a stoppage in play.
Update: The Senators nearly tie the game on a wrap around but the forward loses the handle. Â The Sens are turning it up in a quest to find the tying goal. Â It’s going to be an interesting 8:40 left in regulation.
Update: scary moment for the Hawks as goalie Kent Simpson loses puck in his feet. Â Senators unable to locate loose puck which was in the blue paint for the taking. Â 8:05 left.
Update: And the game is tied! Â Eric Gryba slaps home a loose puck from the slot and beats Simpson to tie the game 3-3 with 6:50 left in regulation.
Update: Mike Hoffman and Butler pick up assists on the Gryba goal. Â 3-3, 6 minutes remain.
Update: Mirko Hoefflin almost erases the Sens comeback as he gets in on a breakaway, but misses the net.
Update: Senators forward Mike Hoffman snipes one off the bar and in the net with 5:29 left in the game. Â The Senators have come back from 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead in this game. Â Beauty goal from Hoffman, who has looked Â very impressive in this tournament so far.
Update: And the Sens continue to pour it on late. Â This time it’s David Dziurzynski with the goal, putting his own rebound between the legs of Simpson. Â 5-3 Senators with 4:15 remaining.
Update: O’Brien takes a penalty for the Senators, giving the Hawks the man advantage. Â They pull the netminder but give up an empty netter that will salt the game. Â Patrick Weircioch hits the gaping net to make it 6-3 Ottawa, and the Senators will improve their record to 1-1 at the rookie tournament, while the Hawks will fall to 0-2.
Update: It’s another goal for the Senators as Kaspars Daugavins coverts a cross ice pass from Condra to beat Simpson. Â 7-3 Senators with 50 seconds to play.
Update: Final horn sounds here in London on the afternoon game, a 7-3 win for the Senators in which you could simply feel them turn up the intensity and compete level in the final period of the game. Â Final shots read 34-29 for Chicago. Â The Blackhawks fall to 0-2 at the tournament following consecutive losses to Toronto and Ottawa, while the Senators even their record to 1-1 after following up yesterday’s loss to the Penguins with a win today against Chicago.
Update: 3 Stars are: 3rd: Brandon Foote (Ottawa) 2nd: Bobby Butler (Ottawa) 1st: Mike Hoffman (Ottawa)
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