Ottawa, On- The Canada World Junior Championship Development camp had its first inter squad game today. Team Red defeated Team White 4-1. It's the first of three games of this camp. Team Red was led by Nazem Kadri (London Knights, OHL) who had a goal and an assist. He played for the Kitchener Rangers last year but traded this summer to London to complete the Steve Mason deal.
Team White jumped out early when phenom John Tavares (Oshawa Generals, OHL) was rewarded with a penalty shot. He beat Dustin Tokarski (Spokane Chiefs, WHL, Tampa Bay), the 2008 Memorial Cup MVP. The game would stay that way until Luke Schenn (Kelowna Rockets, WHL, Toronto) got the game back to even. Cody Hodgson (Brampton, Battalion, OHL, Vancouver) got the only assist.
With 3:52 remaining in the second, Kadri scored on a penalty shot that beat Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver Giants, WHL, San Jose).
Team Red put the game away early in the third period. Chris DiDomenico (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL, Toronto) lit the lamp with assists going to Kadri and Mark Katic (Sarnia Sting, OHL, New York Islanders). The goal came at the 4:14 mark. 2:40 later Jamie Benn (Kelowna Rockets, WHL, Dallas) put the nail in the coffin. The helpers went to Tyler Ennis (Medicene Hat Tigers, WHL, Buffalo) and Eric O'Dell (Sudbury Wolves, OHL, Anaheim).
Jake Allen (Montreal Junior, QMJHL, St. Louis) and Dustin Tokarski defended Team Red's net. They combined to stop 22 of the 23 shots. Team White netminders were Tyson Sexsmith and Chet Pickard (Tri-City, WHL, Nashville). Both of them combined to stop 35 of the 39 shots they saw.
The three stars were:
3. White John Tavares
2. Red Nazem Kadri
1. Red Tyler Ennis
The Ottawa 67's Fan Blog was in attendance and has other observations.
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