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Thrashers vs. Predators Prospect Game Live Blog

September 14, 2009

Welcome to the first of two Thrashers/Predators prospect games. My laptop isn’t in a good position to liveblog so I’ll be running back and forth with updates on goals, big hits, or anything else noteworthy (maybe a fight or two?).

The first thing you might want to know is that Evander Kane isn’t playing. He is 100% healthy and is sitting out so he can be ready to play in preseason games beginning Thursday.  He just played four games in five days in Traverse City and there’s no need to wear him out already.

Tonight’s Thrashers squad consists of Group C, minus Chad Denny who is sick. Scott Lehman will play in his place. Make sure you check back after the game for game notes, video highlights and interviews. New posts will appear at the bottom of the liveblog so keep hitting refresh.


42 Andrew Kozek
45 Jeremy Morin
53 Rylan Kaip
54 Jimmy Bubnick
56 Tomas Pospisil
58 Eric O’Dell
59 Dannick Paquette
61 Michael Forney
63 Matt Siddall
66 Levko Koper
71 Matt Anderson
72 Darryl Smith

51 Scott Lehman
54 Ben Chiarot
52 Cody Sol
60 Paul Postma
62 Drew Paris
68 Mike Looby

33 Josh Unice
34 Peter Mannino


ATL Starters- Mannino, Postma, Lehman, Bubnick, Koper, Smith
NAS- Smith, Blum, Spaling, Wilson, Roussel, Beck


1-0 ATL. In her Traverse City recap I beleive Hockey’s Future editor Holly Gunning critiqued Jeremy Morin for his skating and puck skills. Well, he just turned a Nashville defender inside out on a 1-on-1 breakout and beat goalie Jeremy Smith with  a highlight reel goal. Footage at 11.


2-0 ATL. Scott Lehman scored on a screened shot form the point. Assists to Levko Koper and the awesomely named Jimmy Bubnick.


2-0 Atlanta after the first period. The Thrashers killed off two penalties and Nashville stayed out of the box. Unless these teams were told specifically not to fight I expect there to be some altercations at some point. There’s been some nastiness and Danick Paquette has been in the middle of it. The period ended with a shoving match that almost boiled over. Matt Siddall took a boarding penalty at the 20 minute mark so the Thrashers will enter the second period short-handed.


I just got a between-periods scoresheet.Morin’s goal was assisted on by Andrew Kozek. Ryan Ellis is -2 for Nashville. No other player is more than +1 or worse than -1.


2-1 ATL. Nick Spaling, who is serving as Nashville’s captain, scored the Predators goal. Scott Lehman layed out to block the shot but the puck went off his stick and in. Mannino had no chance on the redirect.


3-1 ATL. Jimmy Bubnick got his own rebound on the PP and wired a shot at the net. I thought he scored but in the announcement he got an assist. Didn’t catch who scored it but I’ll know at the end of the period. Nashville is switching goalies at the mid-point and putting in Chet Pickard.


5-2 Thrashers now. Roussell scored fro Nashville to cut it to 3-2 then Atlanta opened it up with goals from Pospisil and Morin (his second). Now Nashville is having trouble staying out of the box.


It’s now 6-2 heading into the third period and there have been some scoring changes. Darryl Smith was credited with Atlanta’s third goal with assists to Bubnick and Lehman. The fourth goal goes to Matt Anderson, assisted by Forney. Goal number five (PP) was Morin from O’Dell and Postma and the sixth (also PP), was O’Dell from Morin and Koper.


6-3 Atlanta after a Colin Wilson goal. Matt Siddall hit a Nashville player into the Thrashers bench door and popped the door open. Siddall was holding his arm when he got up but didn’t miss a shift.


6-3 final with a brief fight (Kaip vs. Latta) in the last minute. The game was followed by a 5-man shootout which went to sudden death. Atlanta won it on a goal by Levko Koper. More to follow, but I have to get to the locker room.


The locker room cleared out ridiculously fast because everyone wanted to watch Monday Night Football. We’ll have video soon, including the fight and shootout.

As I said, the final score was 6-3. The shootout order was O’Dell (save), Morin (goal), Forney (save), Kozek (gioal), Postma (save), Koper (goal). Nashville’s shooters were Wilson (save), Bourque (save), Spaling (save), Ellis (very nice goal), Stromberg (goal) and Blum (save).

Full credit to Peter Mannino who played a solid game in goal for the Thrashers.

Overall it was a physical game but the players kept their tempers in check. Danick Paquette was fishing for trouble but he didn’t get any bites from the Predators. Most of the Thrashers players played together last week in Traverse City and it showed- they knew where to find each other on the ice an it was clear by the second period that some chemistry had developed.

Jeremy Morin led the way in scoring, picking up two goals and an assist as well as a shootout goal. Scott Lehman had a goal and an assist and Koper and Bubnick had a pair of helpers each.

The second game of the mini-series is tomorrow afternoon at 1 pm. If you have any good pictures of tonight’s game that you want to share let me know.

  1. Ovy and kovy permalink
    September 14, 2009 7:55 pm

    When are the boards going to be back up??

  2. Ben Wright permalink
    September 14, 2009 7:58 pm


  3. BigMomma permalink
    September 14, 2009 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the updates Ben! I’m glad to hear our prospects are doing well. Makes me excited for the upcoming season!

    Also looking forward to the message boards being back up – lots to talk about!

  4. Sam permalink
    September 14, 2009 10:05 pm

    Why a shootout? Just because they can?

    Thanks, Ben, for the coverage.

    • Ben Wright permalink
      September 14, 2009 11:54 pm

      Exactly- just because they can. It was predetermined that there would be a shootout after each game.

  5. videofarmer permalink
    September 14, 2009 11:02 pm

    I thought Kopper looked great. I told Coach Anderson we (my son and I) liked the way Kopper was playing and he smiled.

  6. Smoothie permalink
    September 15, 2009 9:14 am

    Ben, great job on the live blog, game recap and highlight editing!! Did you film this stuff too? Didn’t expect y’all to get every goal, nice job. Saw you walking around inside the rink, but I didn’t have a chance to introduce myself; I was sitting next to Rawhide and my girlfriend was next to him in a sharp dark blue Thrashers zippy with light blue trim. Next time I’ll make sure I stop and say ‘hi’ so I can thank you in person for all of the great work you do for the fans.


    PS – What a fun game last night! Both team’s prospects really left it out on the ice last night…the intensity was incredible.


  7. Ben Wright permalink
    September 15, 2009 10:46 am

    JB- Thanks. I didn’t do the filming or editing- we have a top-notch video guy for that. We’re doing our best to cover as much of camp as we can. We should be able to capture every goal today too.


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