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Marchenko’s overtime goal helps Blue Jackets beat Maple Leafs


The Blue Jackets finished the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan., with a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday afternoon. Columbus ends this year’s version of the tournament with a 2-1 record.

Game in a paragraph

The Blue Jackets didn’t play their best game, but they stayed true to take the win, tying the game with the keeper out, then finishing the win with Kirill Marchenkogoal in overtime. The Jackets led 1-0 in the first minute, then gave up goals to Toronto later in the first and second periods before powering the late comeback to claim the win.

game quote

CBJ Traverse City head coach Trent Vogelhuber: “The first 40 minutes were tough, tough there, especially in the middle of the period. We didn’t touch the puck much, we couldn’t connect the dots. learn as a young team. You’re not going to play or feel your best for many games in a season, so you have to find a way to get in the game. … The guys brought energy into the third period and obviously beautiful goals from (Jordan Dumais) and Marchenko. »

Tweet from @BlueJacketsNHL: GAME. WINNER. pic.twitter.com/iO6fBlMCS7

CBJ standout
  • Marchenko’s goal in overtime gave the 2018 second-round pick a tally in all three tournament games. He also added two assists for a three-point game.
  • 2022 third-round pick Dumais tied the game with 1:13 to go with his third goal of the tournament.
  • 2022 first-round pick David Jiricek scored his first goal of the event in the first minute.
Quick recap

Columbus took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter as Jiricek fired a straight shot from the right point past goaltender Keith Petruzzelli. The Blue Jackets had a chance to add to the lead soon after when Roman Ahcan earned a penalty shot, but Petruzzelli made the save. Toronto then tied the game at 1 at 7:16 as Graham Slaggert deflected a shot from the point past goaltender Jet Greaves.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead just 2:07 into the second period when Alex Steeves scored, and it could have been worse for the Jackets as Toronto had the puck for most of the game. period to be blocked by Greaves and his fellow keeper. Pavel Cajan.

It went 2-1 until the dying minutes when Dumais leveled things with a shrewd finish at the edge of the net with just 73 seconds left and Cajan replaced an extra striker. It led to a 3-on-3 overtime, and Marchenko scored with 1:37 left when he took a pass into the neutral zone of Kent Johnsonskated into the area, wrapped around the net and snuck the puck past Petruzzelli at the far post.

Jeff’s Quick Takeout

1. This tournament is often all about the big hitters, and they did a lot for the Blue Jackets today and throughout the tournament. Johnson was pretty much dominant from the start, not only filling the scoresheet but earning praise from Vogelhuber for his effort and ability to win battles. The skill that makes him a special player — let alone the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 draft — was evident in all three games. Marchenko and Dumais are also talented players who can fill out the stat sheet, and each deserved their success in the tournament which featured three goals apiece. These players in particular delivered what was asked of them.

2. As Vogelhuber said, it wasn’t the best game for the Blue Jackets, but there’s enough talent in this team that goals will eventually come, and that’s exactly what they did when two gifted players scored the tying and game-winning goals for Columbus. There were times when the Jackets were one step behind the Maple Leafs, but in the end, Columbus was able to pull off the win. Much of that can be put on the shoulders of Greaves and Cajan, who each put up strong performances in the tournament. Both were at their best in the second period and held the Blue Jackets in the game long enough for the comeback to happen.

3. Now the Blue Jackets are heading home and preparing for training camp, which begins this week. This tournament is all about giving youngsters a chance to shine and then come into camp with momentum, and Johnson and Marchenko are sure to do just that. Both are expected to fight for roster spots in the NHL this year, and you could see their abilities throughout all three games in Traverse City. Both shone on every level before coming to Columbus, and while the competition is only getting better, you haven’t done anything to hurt their chances of making the team at this event. Jiricek is also in the CBJ mix on the blue line and there was a lot to love about his play at the event, but he’s also still 18 and also made a few mistakes (as any young defender will). It’s still hard for me to see him as an NHL player leaving camp, but he’s not that far off either.


Johnson finished the three-game tournament with a 2-5-7 line. … The Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs have played three overtime games against each other the past two seasons in Traverse City, with Columbus winning all three games. … Greaves finished with 17 saves playing the first 29:08, while Cajan stopped all eight shots he saw in 33:40. … Columbus goaltenders lead the event with a .900 save percentage. … The Blue Jackets were 0 for 5 on the power play in the event.

List report

Columbus made two changes to its roster, inserting forward Roman Ahcan and defenseman Marcus Bjork in place of striker Evan Vierling and defender Ole Bjorgvik-Holm.


The Blue Jackets return to Columbus to prepare for training camp, which begins this week.