The Baby Leafs beat the Penguins 2-0, with goals from Brett Findlay (second of the tournament to go along with a pair of assists) and Parker Bowles. Connor Brown contributed a nice set up and Antoine Bibeau pitched the shutout (he’s really been gaining some momentum since last Spring).
The Leafs prospects finished the tournament 2-1-0.
The Maple Leafs’ third and final game of the 2014 rookie tournament goes this afternoon (2 p.m. start) versus the Pittsburgh Penguins’ youngsters.
Josh Leivo, who stood out as not belonging on the ice surface in a good way on Saturday, draws back in and will flank one of the tournament’s pleasant surprises in Brett Findlay — who, it should be clarified on account of some confusion, is one of Kyle Dubas’ additions and is signed to a contract by the Toronto Marlies for the upcoming season.
Two Leaf prospects who jostled for the lead in the OHL scoring race in the first month of last season — Connor Brown ultimately ran away with it, but Carter Verhaeghe’s start and final numbers were impressive for an 18 year old — will be playing alongside each other on the top line.
Last chance for some of these guys to earn an invite to the big club’s camp.
Today’s scratches: David Broll, Tyler Biggs, Tom Nilsson, William Nylander, Christopher Gibson, and Ty Bilcke.
|Rookie Tournament||Game #3 Lineup||Leafs vs. Penguins|
|Patrick Watling||Carter Verhaeghe||Connor Brown|
|Matt Rupert||Ryan Rupert||Luke Philip|
|Walterri Hopponen||Brett Findlay||Josh Leivo|
|Zach Bratina||Parker Bowles||Zach Hall|
|Viktor Loov||Cody Donaghey|
|Matt Finn||Kayle Doetzel|
|Eric Knodel||Jeremie Fraser|