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Blues' prospects finish third at tournament

The St. Louis Blues lost their opening game at the NHL Prospect Tournament, but rebounded with three straight wins.

The St. Louis Blues prospects got off to a rough start at the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., but they finished with three straight victories and a third-place finish in the eight-team event.

The Blues lost their opening game, 5-2, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

They then beat the New York Rangers 2-0 and the Minnesota Wild 7-1 to close out pool play and defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 in the third-place game on Sept. 15.

Forwards Robby Fabbri and Zach Pochiro were the Blues’ leading scorers during the tournament with five points apiece. 

Fabbri, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2014, had a team-high three goals. Pochiro, a fourth-round pick in 2013, tied forward Jaedon Descheneau for the team lead with three assists. 

Defenseman Thomas Vanelli, a second-round pick in 2013, was a team-leading plus-5 in four games.

Pochiro, forward Samuel Blais and defenseman Colton Parayko each accounted for two of the Blues’ 16 goals. Fabbri, Parayko, forward Liam Dunda and defenseman Jordan Schmaltz each added two assists.

Goalie Luke Opilka, a fifth-round pick in 2015, went 2-0 with a shutout against the Rangers, 0.50 goals-against average and .978 save percentage. Niklas Lundstrum went 1-1 with a 2.50 GAA and .918 save percentage. 

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