Matt Pistilli and Matt Kennedy, (kneeling), at Carolina Hurricanes conditioning camp in July. (photo from LTD's site)
The "under-grad" Carolina Hurricanes came from behind this time and scored three times in the final period to beat the home team of the prospects tournament, 5-3. The young Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Hurricanes stormed back to tie, then took the lead in the third and deciding period.
According to pointstreak.com, which seems to be the best source for up to date information during game time, after falling behind the Canes were able to tie the score in the second period on goals by Matt Pistilli and Matt Kennedy.
Just before the end of the second, the Wings jumped back ahead, 3-2, but Harrison Reed tied the score again just a minute and change into the third. Zack Boychuk scored the game winner on a nice pass from Drayson Bowman during a powerplay, and Chris Terry put an end to the drama with the final tally at 18:38.
The Canes are now 2-0 in the tournament and will take a day off before their next showdown on Wednesday. The youngsters are living up to their reputations of being high scorers with 10 goals in the two games played. Boychuk and Kennedy lead the team with 2 goals each, with six other players having scored once.
Check out the goals notched last season by some of the top scorers playing for the Canes in this tournament:
Boychuk - 28 goals 29 assists 57 points in 43 games
Kennedy - 33 goals 40 assists 73 points in 67 games
Bowman - 47 goals 36 assists 83 points in 62 games
Pistilli - 45 goals 41 assists 86 points in 63 games
Terry - 39 goals 55 assists 94 points in 53 games
Paradis - 19 goals 31 assists 50 points in 66 games
But not only do the Canes have some elite scoring, they also have character as Nick Dodge, Chris Terry, and Matt Kennedy have each recently served as captains for their respective teams.
Throw in OHL goaltender of the year, Mike Murphy, and no wonder this group is drawing notice from around the league.