The Pittsburgh Penguins rookies finished up prospects camp in fine fashion tonight, beating the Ottawa Senators rookies by a score of 5-1. The win gave the young Penguins the championship title for the Kitchener Rookie Tournament. In so doing, they bested Toronto, Florida and Ottawa, and finished with an impressive 3-1 record. It was also sweet revenge for the shutout loss they had posted to Ottawa on Sunday.
Ryan Stone quickly put the Penguins ahead at 1:43 of the first period on a pass from Jonathan Filewich, providing the only goal in the first frame. In the second, Pittsburgh put up two more tallies. The first one came from Joe Jensen with helpers from Wallace and Letestu. The second goal came from Matt Caria from Caputi. The Penguins topped it off in the third period with goals from Alex Grant (his 3rd goal in the 4-game tournament) and Joe Jensen (his second goal of the night and 3rd point of the game as he assisted on Grant’s goal).
Goaltender John Curry saved 19 of 20 shots on goal, and came within 10 minutes of a shutout. The young Penguins outshot the Senators 45-20 in an impressive all around victory.
All in all, the Penguins rookies performed very well at the prospects camp in Kitchener. The coaching staff has to feel good about their overall performance, despite giving up some early goals in the first two games. The team showed an ability to battle back and win. The same can be said for tonight’s performance after giving up a shutout to Ottawa yesterday. The future continues to look bright for the Penguins organization!