August 27, 2012
VANCOUVER, BC – There was only 1 new release today, but things looked a lot different after the Coaching staff shuffled up Team Grey and Black to give everyone some new teammates. The forwards and goaltenders were completely changed, but the defensive lineup remained the same on both sides.
The player released was 16-year old defenseman Tyler Leicht (96), and it was only due to injury that he was re-assigned to his hometown Grande Prairie Storm. With the additional absence of veteran Taylor Makin (92) due to injury, Team Grey actually wound up 1 forward and 1 defenseman short for the evening’s scrimmage. Though you wouldn’t be able to tell judging by how the game went.
*Note: After the morning practices (during which Goalie Coach Paul Fricker specifically worked with the netminders), the afternoon goalie session was deemed unnecessary and cancelled, and so the players were able to go home and relax before coming back for the 5 o’clock scrimmage.
The game was again divided into 3 mini-game periods, 20 minutes stoppage time, with the score re-setting after each period.
The first mini-game saw 2 goals in just over a minute right off the bat, and a 3rd one shortly thereafter, before the goaltenders were able to settle down. Black opened the scoring on a penalty shot (which is awarded on every penalty) by Brett Kulak (94) before Carter Popoff (95) got one back for Grey. Shortly thereafter, Giants import draft pick Ales Kilnar (93) allowed Black to re-take a 2-1 lead, which they held for the remainder of the period to ultimately win the first mini-game. Between the pipes, Payton Lee (96) gave up the 2 goals for Grey, while Angus Redmond (95), who’s been a big surprise at this camp, gave up just the 1 goal for Black.
The 2nd mini-game was an absolute wild one. After just 1 goal in the first half of the period before the ice flood, scored by Riley Kieser (93), things got really interesting and exciting in the 2nd half of this period. Grey struck with 3 unanswered goals in about 2 minutes from Nathan Burns (93), James Severs (96) and Cain Franson (93) to take a 3-1 lead. But just as fans were buzzing about that, the Black team came up with 2 quick goals of their own to tie things up, one from Jackson Houck (95) and one from Jack Surbey (95). Just when it looked like the period/mini-game wound end 3-3, 16-year old prospect Taylor Vickerman (96) rushed the puck up-ice and snapped a shot far side from the left circle with less than 2 seconds left to give Grey the tight 4-3 victory in mini-game #2. Liam Liston (93) gave up 3 goals for Team Grey but got the win. Meanwhile Brandon Stone (93) gave up 4 goals for Team Black and took the loss.
The 3rd period mini-game was surprisingly uneventful after what we saw in the 2nd. As a matter of fact, there was no scoring up until the very last minute when veteran Jordan Martinook (92) surprised fellow teammate Jackson Whistle (95) with a quick snap shot that just trickled through his legs with 27 seconds left, stealing the 1-0 win for Black. Tyler Fuhr (95), another pleasant surprise, picked up the 3rd mini-game shutout in the process.
Once again, there was a 5 minute 4 on 4 overtime, and to reward him for his strong play in the 3rd, Glen Hanlon (coaching directly against Don Hay this time) left Fuhr between the pipes, and it paid off. Fuhr was perfect again through 5 minutes, allowing Matt Bellerive (94) to score a beautiful breakaway goal for Black past Payton Lee (96) for the only goal in the extra session.
The game concluded with a 10-man shoot-out, and for the 2nd straight day, there was only 1 goal scored, as the goaltenders looked good. Tyler Fuhr actually stayed in net for all 5 shots but gave up the only goal to Austin Vetterl (94) from Team Grey. Meanwhile the Grey team’s goalies shared duties in the shootout and were perfect.
The schedule for Tuesday looks like this:
9:00 – 10:30 Black Skate
10:45 – 12:15 Grey Skate
12:30 – 1:30 Goalie Session
5:00 – 7:00 Specialty Teams Game