09/12/2017 10:39 PM
Article By: Chris Robinson
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Alex DeBrincat scored the game-tying goal in the second period and knocked in the game-winner at 1:32 into overtime to help the Chicago Blackhawks prospect team defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets prospects, 3-2, and win the 2017 NHL Prospect Tournament championship.
With the score tied and clock winding down in regulation, the two respective special-teams units dug in to successfully fend off several excellent scoring chances, preserving the tie to reach overtime.
DeBrincat seemed to will prospects team forward tonight when it needed it most. The winger also combined with Radovan Bondra to complete the Blackhawks early comeback, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the second period. Bondra scored off a pass from Robin Press and DeBrincat rifled home his first goal of the contest to tie the game just before the end of the second period.
Despite allowing two quick goals on his first three shots, Goalie Matt Tompkins settled in to turn away each of his final 15 shots. He made key stops on several breakaways late in the second and third periods to pick up his second win of the tournament.