Team Orr opened the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects festivities with a thrilling 12-11 win in the Skills Competition Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Doug Gilmour's crew fought back from a 5-3 deficit following the first four skills events of the evening to rally to an 11-11 tie in the three-on-three challenge before winning the contest 12-11 in a shootout. Sven Bartschi of the Portland Winterhawks scored the shootout winner.
Team Cherry's Tomas Jurco of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Team Orr's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Red Deer Rebels dazzled fans with their amazing shootout skills in the Showdown Breakaway Challenge. Nugent-Hopkins led after the opening round with a score of 37 out of a possible 40 points on two attempts before Jurco posted an impressive 39 points in the event's final round to clinch the individual win in the evening's marquee event.
The Skills Competition got underway with the Fastest Skater event that saw Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds' forward Daniel Catenacci of Team Orr win with an individual best lap time of 14.017 seconds.
The Hardest Shot contest followed and it was Team Cherry's Myles Bell of the Regina Pats that stole the show with a 98.4 mile per hour blast for the win.
In the Shooting Accuracy event, four of the eight participants managed to hit all four targets but it was Team Cherry's Matthew Puempel of the Peterborough Petes that did it the fastest using just five shots to break all four targets.
Team Cherry will look to rebound in Wednesday's game that gets underway at 7:00 pm Eastern on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS.
Tickets are still available for the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Wednesday night beginning at $40 and can be purchased atwww.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 416-872-5000.
The 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is supported by associate sponsors Bank of Montreal, Subway, and CCM.
Complete Skills Competition results:
Skill 1 – Fastest Skater
Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs (20.231)
Shane McColgan, Kelowna Rockets (15.729)
Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs (14.695)
Daniel Catenacci, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (14.017) - One goal
Team Orr Average: 16.168 seconds
Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers (14.197)
Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders (14.132)
Tobias Rieder, Kitchener Rangers (14.068)
Rickard Rakell, Plymouth Whalers (14.767)
Team Cherry Average: 14.291 seconds - One goal
Skill 2 – Hardest Shot
David Musil, Vancouver Giants (94.2)
Stuart Percy, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (89.7)
Vincent Trocheck, Saginaw Spirit (92.4)
Reece Scarlett, Swift Current Broncos (86.9)
Team Orr Average: 90.8 mph
Myles Bell, Regina Pats (98.4) - One goal
Scott Harrington, London Knights (90.9)
Duncan Siemens, Saskatoon Blades (92.4)
Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland Winterhawks (89.5)
Team Cherry Average: 92.8 mph - One goal
Skill 3 – Shooting Accuracy
Lucas Lessio, Oshawa Generals (1-8)
Zack Phillips, Saint John Sea Dogs (4-6)
Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals (3-8)
Colin Jacobs, Seattle Thunderbirds (4-7)
Team Orr Total Targets: (12-29) - One goal
Sean Couturier, Drummondville Voltigeurs (0-8)
Matthew Puempel, Peterborough Petes (4-5) - One goal
Shane Prince, Ottawa 67’s (4-7)
Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres (2-8)
Team Cherry Total Targets: (10-28)
Skill 4 – Show-Down Breakaway Contest
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels (37)
Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit (31)
Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks (35)
Vladislav Namestnikov, London Knights (26)
Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs (33)
Xavier Ouellet, Montreal Juniors (28)
Team Orr Average Score: (31.67) - One goal
Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks (26)
Tomas Jurco, Saint John Sea Dogs (35) - 39 in the final round - One goal
Nicklas Jensen, Oshawa Generals (32)
Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs (28)
Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts (28)
Joe Morrow, Portland Winterhawks (27)
Team Cherry Average Score: (29.33)
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