Leafs Rookie Tournament: Game 2 Wrap Up – Leafs 4 vs. Pens 3

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So with Rielly, Leivo, MacWilliam, McKegg, and Sparks all sitting this game out and Finn leaving mysteriously after a period of play, you might have guessed that this would be a tough one for the Leafs rookies but you’d be wrong.

Stuart Percy was the best player on the ice, and Brad Ross was the best forward for either team pacing the Leafs to a 4-3 shootout win over a Penguins team with no competent forwards.

Zachary Yuen was probably the game’s biggest surprise.  He had a solid game in every respect and almost certainly opened some eyes with his performance tonight; I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dressed again tomorrow for the team to get a better look.

The game itself was a back and forth affair, starting with a bang in the first (Pitt goal, 2 fights, Tor goal) and ending with a fizzle (shootouts are kinda lame).

Toronto’s first goal was scored by Matt Rupert on the PP.  With Biggs providing the traffic in front, a rebound from a point shot found its way to Rupert’s stick and he punched it in.

The second goal was scored by Fabrice Herzog after some nice retrieval work by Ross and Verhaeghe and a pretty sweet behind the back pass from Ross.  Herzog was given too much time in front and he took advantage of it.

Toronto’s third goal was a nice little passing play between Andrew Crescenzi and Jamie Devane in transition with Crescenzi potting the goal on a first touch shot, over the goalie’s shoulder.

Shootout goals were scored by Ross and Percy — the Leafs’ two best players tonight.

With that, the Leafs move to 2-0 on the tournament and will play against Ottawa’s rookies tomorrow night.  Hopefully we’ll get to see some more of Leivo and Rielly, and with any luck whatever took Finn out of tonight’s game isn’t anything serious.

See you all tomorrow.

Here’s the shootout. Check out the liveblog for more game details and goal videos.

  • skiingallday

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Archie Vanlanda

    I was at the game sitting in section 112 so I saw the Leafs defensive zone twice. Of course I was disappointed that some of our best players were scratched on the night I decided to go. The person that stood out to me tonight was Ross. He had a couple board rocking hits was agitating like crazy all night and was the best offensive player on the ice. Granberg’s skating seems a little off, it may be just how he is adjusting but even with the perceived lack of great skating still he seems to be very solid defensively. Broll sometimes has of showing some hands. All in all it was pretty sloppy hockey. Again I thought Carrick was horrible.

  • rustynail

    Archie Vanlanda It was much better hockey than Thursday :)

  • Archie Vanlanda

    rustynail Archie Vanlanda  I only got to see from the third period on from Thursdays game and I was watching it on Rogers so you don’t get to see as much.

  • rustynail

    Archie Vanlanda rustynail Thursdays game was way sloppier if you can believe it.

  • wiski

    rustynail Archie Vanlanda Next one should be a beaut then.

  • Doorman

    The Dirt Bag Cometh!!!  Woo Hoo!!!

  • mcloki

    It was a rookie game. The prospects seem decent. Though I think we need to develop more goalies. Next week it will be camp. I can’t wait.

  • rustynail

    interetsing that walking around the rink tonight by far the most current Leaf sweaters I saw were Kessel, Phaneuf and Kadri, 2 pending UFA’s and an unsigned RFA :)

  • Jmessih

    Archie Vanlanda I don’t know why Carrick even dresses tbh. Play people who have some skill or are trying to prove something, waste of a roster spot. Leafs will let his contract run out for sure.

  • wiski

    rustynail That’s lake Erie water you guys are drinking right. 😉

  • wiski

    115k fans at the big house tonight for the Mich/Irish game tonight, can the leafs/wings beat that?

  • rustynail

    wiski rustynail Lake Huron actually

  • wiski

    The Scotiabank Game In Six: 4-3 shootout win over the

  • Jmessih

    Ross when asked about the physicality of the game “Devaine and Brolldozar beat those guys up, it definitely fired me up” lol gotta love sound bites like that.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Jmessih hahaha.  I love it.

  • rustynail

    wiski
    115,109 at Big House tonight. Biggest crowd ever for NCAA football.

  • Jmessih

    Finn injury was not horrible, Spott said trainers took him out to proceed with caution, will be a game time decision tomorrow.

  • Jmessih

    All videos here: http://video.mapleleafs.nhl.com/videocenter/

  • wiski

    rustynail wiski Great game too boot.

  • rustynail

    wiski rustynail who won?

  • wiski

    rustynail wiski Still on 34-27 mich 9 mins left.

  • rustynail

    wiski rustynail I don;t care who wins as long as Notre Dame loses

  • getyourselfsomerest

    I like what I’m seeing so far from Herzog. The Leafs need a Fabrice.

  • wiski

    rustynail wiski Me too as long as the gold helmet fuckers cover. 😉

  • GreekGod

    getyourselfsomerest 
    I would like to see more of Yuen. He really surprised me today and stood out in a very good way.

  • getyourselfsomerest

    GreekGod getyourselfsomerest Born to be a Leaf.

  • wiski

    getyourselfsomerest GreekGod A Kawasaki perhaps.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Same story as Gardiner. Never signed in Anahiem.

  • wiski

    rustynail  4 minutes ago
    rustynail wiski Me too as long as the gold helmet fuckers cover. 😉

  • Komas Taberle

    Jmessih They call them good old fashioned hidings.

  • likesthelinks

    getyourselfsomerest 
    I’m not hearing much about Gautier in this rookie camp???????     Anyone notice anything of him????

  • likesthelinks

    ANYONE…………notice anything about Gautier as I’ve read or heard nothing of him in the rookie games.
    Personally I don’t think many of these guy’s will make it this year but the foundation is good.   One or two could make the jump depending on signings but I think most will wait for another year.   Reilly is the only on with a chance other than that I like the looks of the future.    Biggs…Levio….Broll…a few other forwards offer promise and our defence looks good to develop and or pssible trade bait.
    Seriously though………..any word on how Gautier is playing????????

  • Xxxxxnew

    Saw a few highlights and he’s doing OK. Gotta remember five months ago he was still 17, only one season of junior. Solid hands, big and still growing into his frame. No worries about him defensively. Probably see him pushing for a job three years from now.

  • LeafsForLife

    Awesome the leafs rookies won again. Sloppy hockey or not, dont matter as long as we win. The thing is, these young guys were thrown together, never having played together before and expected to perform. I am happy with how well they are playing. Cant say theyre not showing up for the games. I like what ive seen of Ross and heard about him as well. I wonder if he can be our next Komarov. The agitating is awesome. He has soft hands it seems as well. Be interesting to see if he does well at training camp and pre-season if he gets a chance to stick. Perhaps another year in AHL will do him good to allow him to grow more.

  • DJBrianBurke

    GreekGod getyourselfsomerest Just got through the game (pvr) and I totally agree. I liked what I saw Yuen, was very pleasant surprise. He did a little bit everything; hits, some nice moves to get out of trouble and moved the puck out of the zone.

  • tucker2corson

    likesthelinks  watching the replay on leafs tv and he made a pretty nifty passing play…. hes very raw still

  • true_blue71

    Keep these two tough kids in with The Marlies this year; Broll and Devane. Can see this two in leafs line up couple years down the road, Broll for sure. They will grow with the rest of this developing youth; Ross, McKegg, MacWilliam, Grandberg, Percy, Biggs and these Rupert twins. Lots to look forward to

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Yeah, I have not been a big fan of Ross’s but he really looked good on the replay I just finished watching.
    Biggs certainly doesn’t seem to be at Leivo’s level, but I’ve seen some good passes from him and a couple of scoring opportunities.  Not a big boom yet, but definitely not a bust.

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook
    Is Leivo out for tonight’s game|?  I’m back down tonight at the Bud and I’d love to see him, Rielly and Finn again.
    As many have already pointed out that Yuen good was very impressive. He can really skate and is quite physical.

  • true_blue71

    Biggs need to learn the ropes in the minors for full season, learn what it takes to be a pro. He doesn’t show the consistent effort every shift, can be really effective at times then takes a shift or two off, needs grooming.

  • Knights2Leafs

    TheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto 
    Yeah, I love Colton but I’d keep McLaren if a guy like Devane comes in.  Devane might not be as good an enforcer but he brings more non-enforcer skills so it would be a nice trade off.

  • Burtonboy

    Very impressed with Brad Ross last night. Have a feeling he’s going to have a really good season with the Marlies . He’s capable of putting some numbers up as well

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy Last yr was a total fuck up with the lockout plus it was his 1st yr as a pro. The way I look at it he’s really  only played 1/2 a season as a pro.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Real Lamb CanuckUKinToronto I also think Verhaeghe has the tools to be an effective goal scorer at this level. Leafs seem to be doing well with their later picks. Josh Leivo is an example of an absolute steal in the 3rd round

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    CanuckUKinToronto The_Polish_Cannon Real Lamb lol great minds think alike

  • Knights2Leafs

    Granberg has clearly been identified by Sweden as a top Dman, but man, I just haven’t seen what I expected the last 2 games.  Percy has looked much more steady defensively and better offensively.  Finn looked like a much better skater and puck handler.  Even Yuen last night looked impressive.
    For Pittsburgh, Pouliot, Harrington, and Maatta all looked strong.  It might be my true Knights colours showing through but I thought Maatta was the most impressive dman on the ice last night.

  • Burtonboy

    Knights2Leafs Bit unfair to look for much from Granberg after just 2 games on the small ice. I expected a little more too but its obvious its going to take a few games for him to adjust

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    -Keon- our bottom 6 is going to be deadly in 2-3 years. Alot of tough costumers who can actually play hockey

  • Dink

    TheCanucksnaphook Knights2Leafs My granny does well in scrimmages too