Top talent on display in Ottawa

JON COOK -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 5:59 AM ET

KANATA, ON - In front of the entire NHL scouting universe at last night's 11th annual Top Prospects Game, Codey Burki showed why he has been such an offensive sparkplug for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season.

The Winnipeg native used some sound advice from Wheat Kings' head coach Kelly McCrimmon and his own great speed, to propel Team Orr to a 7-2 victory over Team Cherry at the newly crowned Scotiabank Place.

The win ended head coach Don Cherry's modest one-game winning streak and gave coaching rival Bobby Orr a 7-4 edge overall.

"He just said it's fun, but it's not a time to joke around, it's a time to show the skills you've got," recalled Burki of McCrimmon's advice, who turned Owen Sound defender Theo Peckham inside out and left him sprawling on the blue line, as he swept in from the wing and fed Spokane's Michael Grabner with a beautiful feed that knotted the score at 2-2 at the end of the first period.

"It was just something that came to me," said Burki of the highlight-reel move. "I kind of had a good feeling in my stomach that I was going to have a good game and I couldn't have written it any better."

The 18-year-old carried that momentum into the second, converting a give-and-go play with Moose Jaw's Riley Holzapfel into an open net behind top-ranked goaltender Jonathan Bernier less than three minutes in.

That led to a surge by Team Orr, as they scored twice more in the next three minutes to erase a 2-0 lead by Team Cherry. For his efforts Burki was named Team Orr's top player.

Calgary Hitmen centre, and Brandon native, Ryan White followed Burki's lead 36 seconds later, as his wrister from the slot beat the Lewiston netminder glove side and Kootenay defenceman Lukas Bohunicky capped the spurt.

"I wanted to come in here and play a good game and getting a goal doesn't hurt," said White, who played on the top line with Peterborough Petes star Jordan Staal and Kingston forward Cory Emmerton. "I was pretty happy to play with a couple guys like that."

Barrie Colts sniper Bryan Little capped the string of seven unanswered goals by Team Orr, with his second of the game early in the third. It was the only goal surrendered by Spokane netminder Kevin Armstrong, a former teammate of Burki's on last year's gold-medal winning Team Western at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

The fellow 'Pegger rebounded from a shaky performance in the skills competition the day before, making a couple dazzling glove saves, including one on Burki in close.

"I just wanted to show that I was better than I was last night," said Armstrong, who stopped 11 of the 12 shots he faced. "It feels very good to come in and make some big saves. It will be awesome for my confidence heading into the last half of the year."

It's been a busy time for the 6-foot, 180-pounder, who was just dealt last week by Saskatoon to Spokane in a six-player deal.

"I was pretty excited because they're giving me a chance to be a No. 1 goalie."


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