The sweaters in the stands in Saskatoon carried names like "Iginla" and "Spezza," but the ones on the ice featured young players trying to make their respective teams. One of those youngsters, Mike Hoffman, scored the third-period goal that proved to be the game-winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the Calgary Flames 4-2.
Hoffman's goal put the Senators ahead 3-0 with 12:40 left in regulation, and Clarke MacArthur added an insurance goal with 6:39 remaining after David Jones scored for the Flames. Calgary rookie Corban Knight scored a shorthanded goal with 4:12 to play.
Ottawa rookie Buddy Robinson scored for the second time in as many nights to give the Senators an early lead, and Cory Conacher's second-period goal made it 2-0 after 40 minutes.
"There was a lot of sloppy play," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought they worked very hard, and that's part of the reason we were sloppy. But I felt we did enough good things to win. That's what it's all about."