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Prospect Showcase, Game 3: Tampa Bay 8, Florida Panthers 5



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Florida Panthers forward Logan Hutsko in action during the Tampa Bay Prospect Showcase in Wesley Chapel. // Photo courtesy @FlaPanthers

Logan Hutsko continued his scoring hot streak in the Tampa Bay Prospect Showcase Tuesday afternoon as he scored twice in the Florida Panthers 8-5 loss to the Lightning.

With the loss, the Panthers ended the three-game round-robin event in Wesley Chapel 1-2.

Florida lost the opener to Carolina on Saturday and beat Nashville on Sunday.

Next up for Hutsko — the former Boston College standout scored four* goals in the tournament — and a good number of his development camp teammates is training camp.

(*) – Hutsko was only credited with one goal in Sunday’s game but he obviously scored it. Unofficial scoring at an ice rink and all…

The Panthers will open camp Thursday morning at the newly renamed FLA Live Arena.

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On Monday, the Panthers gave center Anton Lundell the day off as Cole Schwindt took his spot on the top line with Hutsko and Grigori Denisenko.

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The Panthers found themselves down a number of times — including three goals midway through the second.

Down 5-2, Simon Pinard got the Panthers back into it with a goal at 11:35.

Less than a minute later, Hutsko got his first of the game to pull Florida within a goal.

With 2:57 left in the second, Hutsko got his second of the day to tie the score heading into the third.

The Lightning then scored twice to kick off the third period to pull out the victory. The Lightning added an empty net goal with 34.2 seconds remaining to end things.

Also scoring for the Panthers on Tuesday: Henry Bowlsby and Schwindt.

Serron Noel, who scored twice in the victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday, continued his strong development camp week with a nice assist on the goal by Bowlsby in the second period.

Noel drove down the right side of the ice, passing the puck to Bowlsby for the tap-in goal.

Spencer Knight started the game in net for the Panthers, allowing four goals. Knight ended hp surrendering seven goals in his two games in the tournament.

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Jeff Schempp

Isn’t the player’s name Serron Noel?

Bob E.

Noel was the only player whose name came up in the Lightning’s discussion in between the second and the third. It is clear that he was the player that made the most impression.

I was unable to se the game, only a few minutes of the Tampa broadcast between periods as the Zamboni went around.

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