Today, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects took on the mighty Nashville Predators prospect team. It was a tighter affair than the first game against the Washington Capitals with a lot less goals being scored and overall a less physical game.
The Predators played a better defensive game than the Capitals and the Lightning tightened up a lot defensively. They had fallen behind quickly to the Capitals, but in this game they kept it tighter. There was a good fight featuring tough guy Boko Imama. It was an entertaining fight that lasted quite a bit and featured a few hard hits being landed by both players. Showing a bit of good sportsmanship, Boko patted his opponent on the head when the linesmen came to break it up. There didn’t seem to be any bad blood, just two players going at it.
The score was tied through the first period before Nashville finally opened up the scoring in the second period. Before the end of the period, Christopher Paquette, cousin of the Lightning’s Cedric, tied up the game with a beauty of a shot.
The third period saw a beauty of a goal from Otto Somppi, a 7th round pick this summer from the Halifax Mooseheads for the game winning goal. Cameron Darcy would add an insurance goal on a breakaway to make it 3-1. He also got tripped at the end of the play, but the puck went in the net anyways. He took a bit of a spill into the boards, but got up fine. Brayden Point would also add an empty net goal for his third goal of the tournament.
All three teams have tomorrow off from games, but should be practicing before the play their final games on Tuesday. With a win on Tuesday against the Florida Panthers prospects, the Lightning can go 3-0 in the tournament and win it.