September 14, 2011
Stone Cold Stunner for Sens
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
It was a perfect finish for the Senators in Round 1 of the Battle of Ontario — even if it was only a showdown of the Young Guns in Oshawa.
Forward Mark Stone scored his first goal of the four-team rookie tourney at 1:53 of overtime to allow the Senators to finish with a 3-0 record after a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While Mika Zibanejad looked like he was going to be the hero, scoring to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead in the third, the Senators weren’t able to hold the lead, but still got big saves from Robin Lehner down the stretch.
“It was a masterpiece (for Stone). It might have been his first shot on net of the night,” said Binghamton coach Kurt Kleinendorst. “All in all, maybe he struggled just a little bit. He didn’t have a great night, but he had a great finish. When we really needed him, he came through for us.”
The Leafs’ Greg McKegg sent the game into overtime when he scored with 48 seconds left in the third. Matt Frantin and Sondre Olden also scored for the Leafs, who came back from a 2-0 deficit. Stephane Da Costa, who had a hat trick Sunday in a 6-5 winover Chicago, scored his fourth goal of the tourney to open the scoring at 9:54 of the first. Jakub Culek gave the Senators a 2-0 lead.
Around the boards
The Senators were pleased with the performance of Lehner at rookie camp after he led the B-Sens to a Calder Cup win last season. “When players have some level of success as a coach, you worry about some hangover because of the success,” said Ottawa goalie coach Rick Wamsley. “I haven’t seen a hangover. That wasn’t a worry, but that’s something you worry about as a coach.” .... C Peter Regin, who injured his ankle last week playing soccer, has resumed skating ... Ottawa C Corey Cowick fought with Toronto’s Garret Clarke. The decision was given to Clarke. Senators D Mark Boroweicki took on Jamie Devane in the second.
Off the glass
A guy who had a chance to make a good impression was RW Andre Petersson. He missed most of last season, sidelined with a back injury, and came to Ottawa late in the year to do rehab. “I haven’t been happier,” said Petersson, a Swede who was a childhood friend of Ottawa D Erik Karlsson. “It’s amazing that I could go (18 months) with this pain and then the past six months have been this much better. It has been really tough. When you’re out there, you can’t skate 100%. It’s been an awful two years, but I’m really happy about (playing) without any pain at all.” Petersson, who is highly skilled, will start the year in Binghamton ... The Senators will finalize their training camp roster Wednesday. The approximately 60 players will be split into three teams — named after original Senators — and start workouts Saturday morning at the Bell Sensplex. Most of the players at the rookie camp will be brought to Ottawa.