The Blue Jackets prospects sent to Traverse City put in serious work against St Louis this afternoon in their first game of the tournament, leaving the rink with a 7-1 win. The entire team impressed and dominated play throughout the entire game, keeping the Blues prospect team on its heels and generating scoring chances seemingly at will.
Jordan Dumais kicked things off for the Blue Jackets, scoring on the second shift of the game off of a nifty feed from 2021 third round pick Stanislav Svozil. Luca del bel Belluz also picked up an assist on the play:
Dumais would score his second of the game on his very next shift, taking a breakout pass from team captain Kent Johnson and using his speed to create a breakaway, sniping a shot home on the short side. Samuel Knazko made it 3-0 with an unassisted marker just four minutes later, and the score would remain that way after the first period.
Liam Hawel would add to the Blue Jacket lead, scoring an unassisted goal 2:59 into the second period. Johnson would hit pay dirt just 1:03 later with this short side snipe to make the lead 5-0:
St Louis would get one back on a goal by Landon Sim at 7:38 of the second, but the Blue Jackets countered quickly with a Luca del bel Belluz unassisted goal just 2:09 later. The Jacket prospects took a 6-1 lead into the second intermission, and would go on to win the game 7-1 after a Kirill Marchenko goal at 17:18 of the third. Kent Johnson drew the lone assist:
There are simply too many standout players from this one to pick from, but if I had to choose three stars I would pick Dumais, Johnson, and Denton Mateychuk. Dumais and Johnson obviously led the way offensively, but Mateychuk was a real treat to watch, essentially a one man breakout on several occasions.
The one negative I have is actually with Marchenko. Not because he didn’t produce more, I think the goals will come. But, I noticed a lot of ugly turnovers stemming from him trying to do too much. He will have to settle down and use his line mates better, I think he’ll find himself in more scoring chances if he does.
The Blue Jackets pick right back up tomorrow at 3:00 Eastern with a game against the Detroit Red Wings. As with today, the game will be broadcast live via bluejackets.com, or on the team’s Twitter page.