Lightning Earn First Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament Win After Sixteen-Round Shootout
Matt Butcher scored in the sixteenth round of the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning their first win of the Traverse City NHL Prospect Tournament – a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening at the Centre Ice Arena. Lightning goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 40 of 43 shots through regulation and overtime before denying 14 of 16 shooters in the shootout.
For the second straight night of the tournament, the Lightning took a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. James Wright entered the Detroit zone along the right wing two-on-one with Richard Panik, who was skating down the opposite wing. Wright waited until he was even with the bottom of the right circle and threaded a backhand pass beyond the reach of a sprawling Red Wings defenseman to Panik for a back-door, tap-in goal at 4:23.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Detroit tied the game at 1-1 just 1:33 later. Willie Coetzee entered the Tampa Bay zone in the slot and skated through the defense and in on goal. Coetzee deked from forehand to backhand before slipping a shot underneath the right leg of Janus at 5:56.
The Lightning used a strong start to the second period to take a two-goal lead. Just 3:09 into the stanza, Tim Marks and Dana Tyrell entered the attacking zone with speed along the right wing. Marks skated through the right circle before stopping at the bottom of the ring, while Tyrell cut to the net. Marks attempted a high wrist shot that was deflected down into the crease. Tyrell spotted the loose puck and scored his first goal of the tournament.
Tampa Bay’s lead doubled just over four minutes later after they won a puck battle along the right half-wall. Brett Connolly attempted to carry the puck into the slot through the right circle. The puck was poked off his stick, but right onto the blade of his center, James Wright. Wright sent a wrist shot over the gloved left hand of Detroit goaltender Jordan Pearce at 7:26 for a 3-1 Lightning lead.
The Red Wings quickly tied the game early in the third period, beginning with a five-on-three power play goal just 2:46 into the frame. Tomas Tatar finished a back-door feed from Brooks Macek to trim Tampa Bay’s lead to one goal.
Less than one minute later and after the second Tampa Bay penalty expired, Trevor Parkes converted a two-on-one feed from Brent Raedeke at 3:27 to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
After a scoreless overtime, Detroit’s Brendan Smith and Tampa Bay’s Richard Panik exchanged goals through five rounds of the shootout. In the eleventh round, both Panik and Detroit’s Landon Ferraro scored to once again extend the shootout. In the sixteenth round, Matt Butcher beat Pearce and Janus denied Coetzee to give Tampa Bay the victory.
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