TRAVERSE CITY, MICH – Victor Ejdsell scored two goals, Alexis Gravel stood tall with 23 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks prospect team cruised to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of the 2018 NHL Prospect Tournament Saturday afternoon at Centre Ice Arena.
Ejdsell snapped Chicago’s 0-for-5 power-play drought from the tournament-opener, sending a blast from the point into the back of the net just 25 seconds into the second period. Fellow Blackhawks forward Alexandre Fortin then converted on the very next power-play opportunity, pouncing on a rebound right in front of the net to give Chicago a 2-1 lead early in the second frame.
Ejdsell then capped his two-goal effort by sniping a puck past Jeremy Helvig to buff the Blackhawks’ lead to 3-1. With Ejdsell’s second marker of the game, Chicago completed a three-goal surge in the second period that led to the Blackhawks outshooting the Hurricanes 20-9 entering the final stanza.
Gravel took over through the conclusion of the victory, making several crucial saves while helping the Blackhawks squad kill off six of Carolina’s seven power-play opportunities. The netminder was breached only once after the first period when the second overall pick from the 2018 NHL Draft, Andrei Svechnikov, wired a shot in from a faceoff win to make the score 4-2.
Dominik Kahun also scored his first goal of the tournament in the win for Chicago and Nicolas Beaudin iced the victory with an empty-netter with just 57 seconds remaining in the contest.
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