US prospects showcase talents
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Ryan Fitzgerald had three assists to help Team McClanahan beat Team Housley 5-2 on Saturday night in the inaugural USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
Evan Allen scored both goals for Team Housley in front of a crowd of 5,519 fans.
The teams were named after their coaches, Phil Housley and Rob McClanahan, both of whom played for the Sabres. Housley was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, and McClanahan was a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice'' U.S. Olympic champion team.
Team McClanahan starting goalie Cal Petersen stopped all seven shots he faced, while Evan Cowley made a game-high 15 saves. Eamon McAdam allowed the first three goals and Hunter Miska yielded two for Team Housley.
The game also attracted representatives from virtually all 30 NHL teams, whose jobs are not impacted by the lockout. Junior leagues, colleges, and minor leagues are not subject to the labor disputes.
Team McClanahan jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two periods. Hudson Fasching scored the first goal on a tap-in with 6 minutes left in the first period. Seth Jones, the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, made it 2-0 on a slap shot from the right point 6 minutes into the second. Jacob Montgomery took a lead pass in the slot and scored on a backhander two minutes later. Quentin Shore scored with 5 minutes left in the period, swatting in a rebound from beside the net.
Allen spoiled the shutout bid, redirecting a rebound from the slot after Cowley made an initial save 6 minutes into the third period. Midway through the period, Dakota Mermis made it 5-1 on a snap shot. Allen scored his second on another rebound, this one on the power play with 6 minutes left.
All 38 players who competed in the game are eligible for the 2013 NHL draft.