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Team White Tops Team Burgundy, 9-0

Jones Records Hat Trick; Leopold & Hejduk Each Notch Four Points

Monday, 09.22.2008 / 10:31 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
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Team White Tops Team Burgundy, 9-0
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David Jones recorded a hat trick and both Jordan Leopold and Milan Hejduk totaled four points (2g/2a) to lead Team White to a 9-0 win over Team Burgundy Monday night in Colorado's annual Burgundy/White Game.

Team White goaltenders Andrew Raycroft (7 saves) and Jason Bacashihua (16 saves) combined for the shutout.

This year’s Burgundy/White Game was held at Cadet Ice Arena on the grounds of Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. for the second consecutive season after a strong showing a year ago.

“It was a good competitive game, even if it was a little lopsided on the scoreboard,” said Leopold. “I think we all competed the way we need to and we’ll get better from here.”

Leopold staked Team White to a 2-0 lead after the first period on a pair of tallies. The defenseman first beat Peter Budaj from the slot at 9:56 before notching another on a blast from the point at 16:53. 

Team White stretched its lead to three goals on a Hejduk marker just 17 seconds into the second period. Hejduk’s shot from the right faceoff circle eluded Burgundy netminder Tyler Weiman, who had replaced Budaj after the first period.

A Cody McCormick goal at 4:55 and a second tally from Hejduk at 14:06 gave White a 5-0 lead after two frames.

Jones then took over the game in the third period. The forward opened the final stanza with a nifty goal, swooping past two defenders before tucking the puck past Weiman at 3:05.

The Guelph, Ontario, native then sandwiched a pair of goals around a Tom Fritsche tally, notching his second goal of the contest at 6:40 before completing the hat trick with nine seconds remaining.

“It’s nice to get out. We’ve obviously been scrimmaging the last few days, but it’s nice to get the reps out there,” said Raycroft, who was credited with the victory. “It seemed like a lot of the guys were skating well, so it’s a good start.”

Notes: Proceeds from this year’s game will benefit military families and initiatives of the Colorado Avalanche Youth Hockey program…Fans were treated to a shootout following the contest, which Burgundy won by a 2-1 count…T.J. Hensick and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout for Burgundy, while Jack Combs was the lone White player to find the back of the net…Stewart broke his stick in half on a slap shot during his attempt, but the puck managed to trickle between Bacashihua’s legs for the shootout-deciding goal.
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