HALIFAX, Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens scored a goal and assisted on another to lead Team Orr to a 3-0 victory over Team Cherry at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in front of a capacity crowd at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
Top level goaltending was on display in the 18th annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects. The Team Orr tandem of Spencer Martin of the Mississauga Steelheads and Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic combined for 20 saves and recorded the first shutout victory in event history.
It was a high octane start to the hockey game with both teams rushing up and down the ice. A few solid hits were also thrown, raising the level of intensity for fans in Moose Country.
Quebec Remparts forward Adam Erne opened the scoring for Team Orr at 3:39. The 13th ranked skater by NHL Central Scouting went around the defense before sliding the puck behind hometown favourite Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads. Dauphin and Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks collected helpers on the opening marker.
Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, it didn’t take Team Orr much time to get the offence back in gear in the second period. Dauphin picked up his second point of the game with a nifty goal, unassisted, prior to the five-minute mark.
Just a few minutes later, Winterhawks’ forward Nicolas Petan of Team Orr made it 3-0 after being on the receiving end of a great pass from Remparts’ forward Anthony Duclair.
Neither team managed to score in the third period and for the second straight year just three goals were tallied in the contest.
Dauphin was named the Jim Gregory Player of the Game for Team Orr which was extra special for the 41st ranked skater who was added to the roster as an injury replacement just two days in advance of the contest.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings earned the honour for Team Cherry making 16 saves.
The game featured 31 of the top 40 ranked skaters by NHL Central Scouting eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft which takes place this June in New Jersey.