Traverse City Tourney, Day 4

By Jessica Haskin

Atlanta Thrashes the Wild

The Atlanta Thrashers soundly beat the Minnesota Wild six to three.

Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard went to the penalty box for roughing two
minutes and eighteen seconds into the game.
Forty-five seconds later Atlanta’s Carl Mallette took a slashing penalty
just as his teammate Chad Wolkowski put the puck in the net past Brady
Block. The goal and power play were nullified by Mallette’s penalty.

It only took Atlanta six more seconds to get on the board though after
Mallette went to the penalty box when Dany Heatly scored.
Back at even strength four and a half minutes into the game Atlanta
scored again from Karl Stewart, assisted by Heatly.

Stewart was then caught holding with Luke Sellars already in the penalty
box for slashing. Block went to the bench on the delayed penalty, giving
the Wild a six-on-four advantage. Stephan Veilleux scored at five
forty-nine with assists from Eric Johansson and Travis Roche.

Minnesota opened the second period with two goals in the first five
minutes of play. The first goal was scored a minute and sixteen seconds
into the period from Chris Heid with assists from Veilleux and Nick
Schultz. The second goal was put in the net five minutes into the
second from Matt Dzieduszycki with assists coming from Lyle Rolling and

Atlanta scored three goals before the period ended taking away
Minnesota’s lead. Jeff Dessner scored the first of three with a helper
from Zdenek Blatny. Then Ilja Kolvachuck skated down to the Wild’s net
and just slipped the puck between Block’s left skate and the goal post
on his way past the net, putting Atlanta ahead once again.

With 33.6 seconds left in the second period Heatly cut between the
face-off circles and scored his second of the night, despite the fact
that the Thrashers were shorthanded. It was a quick wrist shot through
Block’s five-hole.

The last of the scoring came from Atlanta’s Derek MacKenzie with eleven
minutes left in the game making the final score six to three.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville Predators

The Columbus Blue Jackets won their third game and improved their record
to 3-0 in a three to one win over the Nashville Predators.

There was no scoring in the first period but Columbus scored two in the
second. Aaron Johnston scored the first goal putting the puck behind
Jure Penko, with assists going to Brian Cummings and Mizzi. Marc-Andre
Binette scored the second goal with an assist from Tyler Sloan with
forty-one seconds remaining in the period.

Konstantin Panov shot the puck past Pascal Leclaire eight minutes into
the third period for Nashville, but they weren’t able to generate any
more offense.

Columbus’ Mizzi finished out the scoring with seven minutes left in the
game when he got a cross ice pass from Ryan Bowness and shot it past