Butler Answers The Bell
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In a PP infused first match, the Sens prospects found themselves with scoring chances, but stymied by Pens prospect goaltender, Brad Thiessen. While going 1-7 on the power play, the Sens suffered a short handed goal, and allowed the game to slip out of their hands.
But the lone good news was Bobby Butler, who scored the Sens first 2 goals, and was a threat to score more all game, on route to an eventual 5-3 loss.
The Sens defense, which was to be their strength coming into the tournament, was porous, and often is disarray, allowing the Pens prospect forwards to own the front of the Sens net, and crisply control the puck in the offensive zone.
A late goal by Sens defenseman Gryba led to a strong finish by the Sens, but, as is so often the case, a missed goal by Daugavins, off the post and out, led to an empty netter by the Pens, and a disappointing first game loss for the Sens prospects.
Next Senators match is Sunday at 2:00 p.m. vs the Chicago Blackhawks.