John Tavares continued his strong play at the Nation Junior team development camp, but it was not enough to pull out a victory for his White team in the final scrimmage of the camp.
The 1,000 fans that packed the Ottawa Sports complex saw a physical affair as the country's best prospects attempted to give their coaches something to think about before the final roster for the selection camp is released in December.
Tavares gave everyone a bit of a scare as he appeared to injure his knee in the second period of a 4-2 victory by Team Red. However the second-youngest player in camp was able to shake off the injury to combine with Alex Pieterangelo to get his team back in the game.
Both sides came out attempting to establish a physical tone as players were hitting early and often.
Val d'Or forward Maxime Sauve opened the scoring for the Red team late in the first period as he batted a loose puck past Nashville Predators draft pick Chet Pickard.
Spokane Chiefs' netminder Dustin Tokarski stopped all eight shots he faced in the Team Red net.
The mood turned quite serious as play opened up in the second when Tavares got tangled up with Colton Gillies in the corner. The Oshawa Generals forward skated slowly to the bench favouring his knee. After a short delay Tavares was able to return to the game.
Team Red continued to take the play to team White as Kelowna Rocket Jamie Benn walked out of the corner untouched to shovel the puck past Pickard.
When Cody Hodgson increased the Red lead to 3-0 just over two minutes later it was time for changes as San Jose Sharks draft pick Tyler Sexsmith replaced Pickard in the White net while Jake Allen took over the duties for team Red.
Having recovered significantly from his injury, Tavares gave Allen a rude welcome to the game snapping a one-timer past the St. Louis Blues prospect on a great feed from Pieterangelo.
In the third period Gillies re-established team Red's dominance as he beat Sexsmith with a soft shot that the Vancouver Giant netminder would certainly like to have back.
Patrice Cormier rounded out the scoring with just 17 seconds remaining in this one to pull team White within two but it was too late as Team Red celebrated a 4-2 victory.
Team Red fired 38 shots on net while the White Team managed only 26.
The Camp wraps up on Wednesday as the players, coaches and staff take part in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship golf tournament.