In the first game of the rookie tournament, the Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Ottawa Senators 4-1 yesterday afternoon. The game was played in London, Ontario inside the Budwesier Gardens. Despite the lopsided score, Triple P's (Pittsburgh Penguins Prospects) head coach John Hynes is satisfied with his team's effort.
"If you look at the way that we played and the work ethic we had, we really had carried the tempo, carried the play for the majority of the game,” Hynes said.
Of the many talented defensemen the Penguins brought to this tourney, none looked sharper than 2012 first round pick Derrick Pouliot. He was paired with Ulf's son Philip Samuelsson, logged a vast amount of minutes, was on the top power play unit, and made smart passes.
Pouliot commented on his performance, saying, "Off the start I was a little shaky, maybe. Still settling into things. But as the game went on I thought I jumped up in the play more, created some chances and was pretty good defensively, too.”
Goalies Eric Hartzell and Tristan Jarry split duties between the pipes. Hartzell started the game and surrendered two goals on twenty shots. Jarry came in around the six minute mark in second period and gave up two of his own while stopping ten shots.
Cody Sylvester netted the Mini-Penguins lone goal off a rebound for a Scott Harrington shot. The Penguins out-shot Ottawa 32-23, but Hynes maintains the bounces did not go the team's way.
“A big difference in the game was in the second period we played very well and we didn't get rewarded for it then," he said. "Then as the game went on we continued to play well but we just didn't find the back of the net. But overall it was a good performance. We really liked how the guys competed and for the most part how we played.”
Next up for the rookies is the Toronto Maple Leafs amateur squad. That game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:00pm.
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