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Traverse City Update: Blues 5, 'Canes 1, Sept. 15, 2015

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Local boys and first-round picks make good as the Baby Blues capture the Bronze medal at the 2015 Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

The Long And The Short Of It: The strong play of Robbie Fabbri (L) and Colton Parayko helped lead the Blues to a Bronze medal at the 2015 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.  Photo by
The Long And The Short Of It: The strong play of Robbie Fabbri (L) and Colton Parayko helped lead the Blues to a Bronze medal at the 2015 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Photo by
Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department

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Robbie Fabbri has been singled out by Blues' management as the one U-20 prospect who will absolutely remain with the big club if his play in training camp warrants it. Based on Fabbri's performance in Traverse City, the Blues might want to have a locker set aside at Scottrade with the number 15 on it.

The Mississauga, Ontario native scored twice in the opening period yesterday, including the game-winner at 17:46 of the initial stanza, to pace the Blues' prospects to a 5-1 win over Carolina and a third-place finish at the 2015 Traverse City Prospect Tournament.

Local product Luke "Skywalker" Opilka used the Force to great advantage yesterday, turning aside 26 of the 27 attempts sent his way from Carolina sticks. while the defense pairing of second-round studs Vince Dunn (2015) and Tommy Vannelli (2013) combined for a plus-6 to help keep the 'Canes at bay.

Vannelli and Dunn also chipped in on offense with a goal apiece in the Blues' victory, and QMJHL tryout Mathieu Lemay finished off the scoring with an unassisted marker at 2:16 of the third period.

Here is the game recap in its entirety, as posted on the Blues' website (LINK):

Game 4 - Blues 5, Hurricanes 1
The Blues picked up right where they left off in Game 3, jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in Tuesday’s third-place game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Robby Fabbri scored two first period goals in a 10-minute span, giving him three goals in the tournament. In the second period, defenseman Thomas Vannelli and Vince Dunn scored to give the Blues a commanding 4-1 lead before Carolina’s Trevor Carrick beat goalie Luke Opilka at 17:13. Tryout Mathieu Lemay tallied just 2:16 into the third period, helping the Blues to a 5-1 victory and a third-place finish in the tournament.

The Blues wrapped up the 2015 Traverse City tourney with two players in the top ten scorers -- Fabbri in fifth place (4 GP, 3-2-5, plus-2, 4 PM, 1 GWG) and Zach Pochiro placing eighth (4 GP, 2-3-5, plus-3, 2 PM, 1 PPG). Columbus prospect Oliver Bjorkstrand (4 GP, 4 G, 4 A) was the tournament scoring leader.

Opilka led all goalies at Traverse City with just one goal allowed on 46 shots over 120 minutes (0.50 GAA, 0.978 save percentage, 1 shutout, 2-0-0). Niklas Lundstrom was also outstanding, placing third among goalies at Traverse City with a 2.50 GAA, and 0.918 save percentage (5 GA on 61 shots) and posting a 1-1-0 record. As a team, the Blues allowed just seven goals total at Traverse City, five of which came in the opening game vs. Columbus. The Blues' 1.75 team GAA is a full goal per game better than the next closest mark, posted by tournament host Detroit at 2.75.

Columbus took the Gold in this tournament, defeating the Red Wings 5-2 yesterday to claim the championship. Dallas topped Minnesota 7-2 in the fifth-place game, and Chicago beat the New York Rangers 5-2 in the seventh-place matchup.

LINK to Bronze Medal Game box score at Pointstreak dot com.

LINK to Blues' tournament stats at Pointstreak dot com.

LINK to tournament standings at Pointstreak dot com.