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Jeff Costello, Brendan O'Donnell stand out at Lightning development camp

Forward Brendan O’Donnell (left) battles to control the puck against Defenseman Dominik Masin (right) on the ice during practice at the 2014 Lightning Development Camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Thursday (07/3/14).

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Forward Brendan O’Donnell (left) battles to control the puck against Defenseman Dominik Masin (right) on the ice during practice at the 2014 Lightning Development Camp at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon on Thursday (07/3/14).

BRANDON — During Sunday morning's shooting practice, F Jeff Costello cracked one of the glass panels at the Ice Sports Forum with a blast.

"It was funny," he said. "Never done that before."

Then, LW Brendan O'Donnell helped finish it off, smashing the glass with another shot.

It was fitting, considering the duo had breakthrough performances during the three-on-three tournament at the Lightning's development camp, helping lead Team Filppula to the championship on the final day Sunday in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

O'Donnell, 22, a senior at North Dakota next season, led the two-day round-robin competition with eight goals, and Costello, 24, a Notre Dame senior last season, had seven, with a camp-high-matching 13 points.

Combined with 2014 first-round draft pick D Anthony DeAngelo (six goals, seven assists), '14 pick C Brayden Point (four goals, five assists) and late addition D Dylan Blujus (wining shootout goal in the semifinals), Team Filppula went undefeated and playfully celebrated with the trophy like it was the Stanley Cup.

"It was a lot of fun," Costello said.

Costello, whose rights were acquired from Vancouver in the trade for D Jason Garrison last month, made a strong impression, with the possibility he could get signed this summer to at least add depth to AHL Syracuse. At 6 feet, 212 pounds, Costello is known for being a gritty forechecker but showed offensive flair.

"I don't want to be typecasted as just a single kind of player. I think I have other things to offer as well," Costello said. "Hopefully that helped maybe open some eyes."

O'Donnell was Tampa Bay's sixth-round pick in 2010. Lightning director of player development Stacy Roest said he has really improved in one year. O'Donnell had two goals in the 5-1 win in Sunday's title game.

"More confidence, a stronger skater, looked a little quicker," Roest said.

SECOND BEST: RW Jonathan Drouin slammed his stick after his team lost in the semifinals on an own goal with three seconds left. "Don't like to lose," he said, smiling.

But Drouin, the third overall pick in 2013, believed he had a much better camp than last year, dazzling with his puck-handling and shot during the three-on-three tourney (five goals, three assists).

"His puck skills are pretty fun to watch," Roest said.

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