In the first game of the rookie tournament, the Blackhawks’ prospects lost to the Maple Leafs’ prospects 3-2 in a shootout.
The future Hawks were down 2-0 heading to the third period, but came back to tie the game in regulation.
Chicago’s first goal came off the stick of Terry Broadhurst, with the primary assist going to free agent invitee defenseman Bobby Shea.
The second tally for Chicago was set up by a good, physical play by Garret Ross that forced a turnover. Drew LeBlanc flipped a pretty pass in front of the net to Pat Mullane, who tied the game.
Tyler Biggs won the game for Toronto in the shootout. The young Hawks were outshot, but played a physical game against the Leafs. Mac Carruth was in net for Chicago.
The Blackhawks’ prospects will play Ottawa’s kids on Saturday at 1 pm CT, and then Pittsburgh’s prospects at 1 pm CT on Sunday.