Blue Jackets’ second-period explosion takes down Red Wings prospects, 10-7

Detroit News

Detroit — Things looked good for a while Saturday for the Red Wings’ team at the NHL Prospects Tournament, but then they suddenly forgot to play defense.

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored seven consecutive goals in a span of 10 minutes, 58 seconds in the second period, leading to a 10-7 victory over the Wings.

Former Michigan standout Adam Fantilli had three goals (one empty net) and two assists to lead the Blue Jackets.

Cross Hanas had two goals, and Riley Sawchuk, Alexandre Doucet, Jackson DeSouza, Nic Sima and Elmer Soderblom had Wings goals, while Nate Danielson had three assists and Amadeus Lombardi and Tnias Mathurin had two assists each.

Goalie Sebastian Cossa stopped 15 of 21 shots before being replaced in the second period.

“Our start was fine, then the second period certainly got away from us,” said Dan Watson, who is coaching the Wings’ prospect team. “The emotional side of it, some undisciplined penalties, their power play certainly made us pay for those undisciplined penalties.

“The consistency in our compete wasn’t there tonight.”

The Wings had a 3-1 lead after one period, took a 4-1 lead early in the second on Hanas’ first goal, but then saw Columbus explode.

“The first game (Thursday’s loss to Dallas) we competed harder than we did tonight,” Hanas said. “The second period, we kind of let off the gas the little bit. We were up going into the second period and we just kind of got away from what had made us successful.

“Then they obviously scored quite a bit of goals.”

The Wings close out the tournament Sunday playing Toronto.

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