Monday, September 7, 2009

Blues defeat Stars

Press Release

Much like he did during his two years at the University of Michigan, Aaron Palushaj was the hero on Sunday.

With the game tied 4-4 after two periods, Palushaj scored twice in the final frame, including 1:03 into the third period, to give the Blues prospects the lead for good.

As a result, the Blues rolled to a 9-6 win against the Dallas Stars in their first game of the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The round-robin tournament features 8-teams and will end with a championship game on Thursday.

Palushaj assisted on the team’s first goal, which was scored by Brett Sonne just seven minutes into the first period Sunday.

The Blues jumped to a 2-0 lead, but the Stars prospects cut the lead in half when Mathieu Tousignant scored an unassisted goal with 48 seconds left in the period.

Blues goaltender Jake Allen had a shaky second period, giving up 3 goals on 15 shots, but had a better third period to earn the victory. Allen finished with 31 saves.

The Blues also got goals from T.J. Fast, Anthony Peluso, Philip McRae, Tyler Shattock and Ian Schultz. Free agent tryout Jack Combs, who impressed at the team’s Pro-Orientation Camp in July, also scored for St. Louis.

Tomas Vincour and Tousignant each had a pair of goals for the Stars, who beat Allen 6 times in a losing effort.

The Blues prospects can look to build on the win when they meet the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at 5 p.m.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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