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SHANE ROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

Canadian junior team hopefuls put on a spirited, entertaining performance before an appreciative crowd of about 700 last night, who would rather sit in a hockey rink than barbecue burgers in their backyards on a sunny Sunday evening in July.

There were hard hits -- including one by Tyler Cuma of the 67's that left Brandon Sutter a little groggy -- nifty passes and five goals, in a 4-1 win for Team Red over Team White.

Games 2 and 3 of the intra-squad exhibition will be held tonight and tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the University of Ottawa arena.

KADRI ON THE MOVE

Nazem Kadri may be the youngest player in camp, but he has some of the best moves. In fact, the only other 17-year-old in camp, John Tavares, said Kadri "has the best toe-drag I've ever seen." G Tyson Sexsmith doesn't need to be convinced. Kadri, who set up Chris DiDomenico with a pass across the slot on the prettiest goal of the night, deked Sexsmith out of his drawers on a penalty shot. "It's just a little backhand, forehand sweep," said Kadri, who helped lead the Kitchener Rangers to the Memorial Cup final last year. "That's really my patented move, I don't really want it getting out, but I guess it already has."

LOGAN'S RUN CHEERED

67's C Logan Couture drew some applause for a few scoring chances and showing some hustle on the backcheck. But after spending a few weeks at the Sharks rookie camp before returning to Ottawa for the junior team tryouts, he's looking forward to some R&R at home in London before the start of the hockey season. "We have a pool out back, so I'll sit out there most days," he said.

PENALTY RACES AND HITS

Gotta love the intra-squad rule that sends nobody to the box for a penalty, but instead gives the other team a breakaway from the blue line, with all the other players giving chase from the red line. Stressful for the goalies, but enjoyable for the fans. Tavares took advantage just 28 seconds into the game when he beat G Jake Allen with a low wrist shot ... The Maple Leafs would've liked what they saw in 2008 first-rounder Luke Schenn last night. Not only did he score a goal, the blueliner made some crisp, accurate passes and his 6-foot-2, 215-lb. body was a strong presence in front of his own net. Problem is, if the Leafs like him too much, he'll be with them come December instead of helping Canada go for gold.


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