Jackets Win Second Straight Rookie Tourney Title
Five Different Jackets Tallied Goals in a 5-1 Win over Atlanta
“We had one of the youngest teams in the tournament,” said Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron, who attended the tournament in Traverce City, Mich. "It (winning back-to-back tournaments) is a complement to (Director of Scouting) Don Boyd and his staff for the job they do.
"Hopefully some of these guys will play in Columbus down the road."
Petr Pohl, Adam Pineault, Derek Dorsett and Philippe Dupuis scored to give Columbus an insurmountable 4-0 lead over Atlanta with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
After a Thrashers score, Ben Wright lit the lamp to account for the final 5-1 count.
Dan LaCosta started in net for the Jackets, earning the win after recording 28 saves in 60 minutes of play. The Jackets peppered Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec with 43 shots on the evening while converting on 2-of-9 power plays and killing off 10 of Atlanta's 11.
"Dan LaCosta was excellent tonight," Castron said. "We had a lot of early penalties and Danny really kept his team in the game with some key saves.
"We really had oustanding goaltending the entire tournament. The team gelled from the get-go and really played well the entire tournament."
LaCosta finished the tournament posting a 3-0-0 mark, stopping 67-of-70 shots (.957 SV%) with a 1.19 GAA. Steve Mason, meanwhile, posted a 1-0-0 mark, stopping 44-of-48 (.916) in 88 minutes of play.
Robert Nyholm paced the Jackets scoring four goals while Dupuis led the team with 3-4-7 in four games. Kris Russell led the CBJ blueliners, scoring 1-2-3.
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