By Brad Vandenberk
On a day when the NFL started its 2011-12 season in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Chicago Blackhawk prospects were at it again in game 2 of the annual Prospect Tournament in Oshawa, Ontario. This time the opponents were the Ottawa Senators.
Johan Mattsson was the starter between the pipes for this match. Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, Peter Leblanc, Andrew Shaw and Rob Flick were on the ice for the opening faceoff. [Sunday’s complete line up]
The teams wasted no time getting started. As in the previous contest against the Leafs, the Hawks found themselves trailing early. 5:01 into the opening frame, Ottawa’s Andre Petersson found the back of the net with a backhand over Mattsson’s pad, making it 1-0.
It didn’t take the Hawks long to get the equalizer. 39 seconds after the Sens’ opening tally, Flick won a faceoff in the Sens’ zone. Shaw got the puck and set Peter Leblanc up in the slot. With a quick shot over the blocker of the Senators netminder, Matej Machkovsky, it was 1-1.
Chicago drew the first penalty of the game when Ottawa was sent off for Interference. Although this was suppose to be the Hawks’ chance to show their power play, they were quickly fooled by a short handed goal by Ottawa’s crafty forchecker, Corey Cowick. Mattsson was out of position trying to play the puck which ended up on a Sens’ stick and then to the back of the net making it 2-1.