Sens take rookie battle

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

KITCHENER -- Even the rookie version of the Battle of Ontario had a familiar finish last night: A Senators victory.

No, it doesn't mean a whole lot in the provincial scheme of things, but the Senators' rookies scored their first victory at the four-team tournament last night with a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs at Memorial Auditorium.

Ilja Zubov scored twice for Ottawa while Alexander Nikulin and Tyler Donati had singles as the Senators moved their record to 1-1.

The Leafs, who are winless in two games, will face the Florida Panthers tonight at 6:30 p.m., and the Senators are going to face the unbeaten Penguins (2-0) at 2 p.m.

The Senators took control of the game early with a four-goal outburst in the first period. Zubov scored twice, Donati had a single and Nikulin gave the club a 4-0 lead only moments after the Senators killed off a two-man advantage.

"It was two different games. I thought for the first 30 minutes we really dominated and then we kind of backed off a bit," Binghamton Senators coach Cory Clouston said.

Tyler Doig and Mike Gauthier brought the Leafs within sniffing distance with goals in the second period. Sens goalie Brian Elliott got caught out of the net on Doig's opening goal and all the Leafs prospect had to do was fire it home.

But, the Leafs, coming off a 6-5 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Friday after blowing a 5-1 lead, had a difficult time getting anything going.

Toronto goalie James Reimer wasn't great in the club's net and the Senators looked a lot sharper than they did in a 2-1 loss Friday.


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