Nashville Rookies Thump Lightning 7-3

Taylor Beck, Craig Smith, and Gabriel Bourque were the featured line for the Nashville rookies in their debut against the Tampa Bay rookies.

That line delivered big time.

Smith had four goals and an assist, Bourque had four assists, and Beck had a goal and two assists, as the Nashville rookies scored 7 times en route to a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay.  (OnTheForecheck.com has video of all of the goals.)

Austin Watson and Brent Andrews had the other goals for Nashville.

Chet Pickard and Atte Engren split time in net.  Pickard started and allowed two goals, making 20 saves on 22 shots.  Engren allowed just the one goal in the final minutes of the game, and stopped 20 of 21 shots.

Kirk Muller was behind the bench — hopefully his first of many lop-sided wins.

Former Admiral Cory Conacher had a goal and an assist for the Lightning.

The Nashville rookies will play the Florida rookies Tuesday morning.

(Many thanks to the @rinkside twitter feed)

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