The Thrashers prospects began their play in Traverse City, Michigan with a 6-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings’ prospects. After trailing 1-0 after the first period, the Thrashers outscored Detroit 3-0 in the second. Andrew Kozek’s unassisted power play goal tied it at 4:13…then Evander Kane gave Atlanta’s prospects the lead at 15:59 with assists from Eric O’Dell and Jeremy Morin. Drew Paris then added another unassisted goal with just 26 seconds before the second break.
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However, that’s when it all went downhill.
Travis Ehrhardt tallied a shorthanded goal just two-minutes and five seconds after that for the Wings…then Tomas Tartar pulled Detroit to within a goal with his second of the match at 7:24. Cory Emmerton tied it up at 15:25…and Andrej Nestrasil won the game for the Wings with just 1:19 seconds left.
Detroit added an empty netter for good measure…Brent Raedeke with the honors.
Chris Carozzi was in the net for the Thrashers tonight, making 23 saves on 28 shots. Detroit outshot Atlanta 29-28.
Kozek finished with a goal and an assist… Kane, Smith and Paris each with a goal…O’Dell, Morin and Galivan each added an assist.
O’Dell lead the team in shots taken with seven…Kane, Morin and Paris each had 4 while Kozak had 3. The only Thrasher to finish with a positive +/- rating was Danick Paquette, (+1).
Atlanta was 2 for 4 on the power play and killed off all three penalty kills they faced.
Tomorrow afternoon the Thrashers will take on the New York Ranger’s prospects.
In other prospect games, Minnesota beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 with a pair of goals in the third period by Kevin King and Brandon Buck. The Rangers fell to Carolina 5-3 and St. Louis outscored Dallas 5-2…in the third period…as the Blues bested the Stars 9-6. There were 76 shots taken in that game.