James Wright and Marc-Olivier Vachon both posted a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects defeated the Dallas Stars prospects on Tuesday afternoon in the NHL Traverse City Prospect Tournament.
Lightning goaltender Dustin Tokarski starred on the night, making 35 of 36 saves and backstopping his team to help kill five of six penalties.
Tampa struck first blood when forward Richard Panik sped down the right wing and delivered a saucer pass to Wright. Wright then deflected the puck just past the leg of Stars goaltender Jack Campbell for his fifth point of the tournament at 11:51.
Less than two minutes later, Vachon found a free puck and chipped it over Campbell to make the score 2-0. That goal would prove to be the final of the period. The shot total was 17-10 in favour of Dallas after 20 minutes.
The second period was a bit rougher, with Tampa’s Tim Marks and Dallas’ Matt Tassone receiving roughing double minors after a small tussle. The toughness continued about six minutes later when Charles Landry of the Lightning and Garrett Ross of the Stars fought it out.
Once things settled down, Vachon caused a neutral zone turnover and dished the puck to Carter Ashton, who fired a shot past Campbell for an insurance goal at 8:33. After period No. 2, the score was 3-0 Lightning, and the Stars had the edge in shots, 25-19.
With 14.7 seconds left in the third period, Dallas ended Tokarski’s shutout bid when they successfully converted on a power play. Jace Coyle was the goal scorer, making the final score 3-1 Lightning.
After three games in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, Tampa Bay placed second in the Howe Division with two wins and a loss, meaning they have secured a spot in the Bronze medal game. They will battle against the second placed team in the Gretzky Division, who is yet to be determined. The game will take place Wednesday evening at 5:30, ET.
My Three Stars:
1. Dustin Tokarski - Making 35 out of 36 saves and going 5-of-6 on the penalty kill is pretty darn good. He’s a major reason why the Lightning won tonight.
2. James Wright – He potted a goal and an assist and played solid defensively and offensively all night. This is his second consecutive star award (first star in Redwing game), Wright has shined all tournament. Read the highlights from his interview with Lightning Insider here.
3. Marc-Olivier Vachon - Vachon made a few great plays throughout the night, as well as contributing to the scoresheet with a goal and an assist.
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