Blues Prospects Finish Strong

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 3: Stefan Della-Rovere #19 of Team Canada body checks Dominik Schlumpf #18 of Team Switzerland during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Semifinal game on January 3, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues prospect team finished strong as they beat the Columbus Blues Jackets prospect team 5-2 this afternoon. The only action in the first period was a couple of fighting majors handed out to the Blues Anthony Peluso and Columbus’ Kyle Neuber at the 2:31 mark. Early in the second period the Blues took advantage of a Columbus penalty and Stefan Della Rovere scored a power play goal just 2:52 into the period. Alex Pietrangelo scored another power play goal at 10:52 and gave the Blues a 2-0 lead. The goal was Pietrangelo’s second goal in as many days. The Blues went into the third period with a 2-0 lead. Columbus got on the board at 7:35 in the third on a power play goal by Ryan Johansen to make it a 2-1 game. Less than a minute later Columbus tied the game up with a goal by Chris Francis. However more penalties would sink Columbus as the Blues scored three more power play goals in the third to win the game 5-2. Brett Sonne scored at 13:30 to give the Blues a one goal lead. Less than two minutes later Della Rovere added his second power play goal of the game to give the Blues a two goal lead. With less than a minute to go Anthony Nigro scored and sealed the victory for the Blues. Jake Allen finished the game stopping 38 of 40 shots and finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.

Overall the Blues played decent hockey and finished tied for second with the Lightning in the Howe Division. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo finished the tournament with two goals and an assist and should be playing for St. Louis come October 9. Another defensive prospect, Ian Cole, finished with one assist and barring injury should start the season at Peoria. Newly acquired winger Stefan Della Rovere had an impressive tournament scoring two power play goals, an assist, and even had a fight. Future Blues center Brett Sonne had three goals and two assists in just four games. I believe we will see Sonne a bit this year at the NHL level but look for a majority of his playing time to come at Peoria. I truly believe that Sonne will be part of this organization for a long time. Blues goalie Jake Allen had an excellent tournament, going 2-1, and stopping 90 of 96 shots to give him a solid .938 save percentage. I would not be surprised to see Allen as the backup in the near future and learn from Halak before becoming the Blues number one. I am not sure when, but Jake Allen will be the Blues starting goalie somewhere down the road.

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Anthony Nigro Anthony Peluso Brett Sonne Center Chris Francis Columbus Blue Jackets Goalie Ian Cole Jake Allen Jaroslav Halak Kyle Neuber Peoria Rivermen Prospect Ryan Johansen St. Louis Blues Stefan Della Rovere Winger

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