Dowell, Crawford Lead Red To 3-1 Win
Jake Dowell scored two goals to lead Red past White 3-1 Friday in the second scrimmage of the Blackhawks' 2006 Prospects Camp.
Bryan Bickell opened the scoring by beating White netminder Cedric Desjardins after a steal in the crease. Dowell, who will be a senior this year at the University of Wisconsin, then made it 2-0 Red when he slipped by a defender, passed the puck to himself, and beat Desjardins from point-blank range.
The Blackhawks decided to switch centers Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland Friday, moving Toews to the Red team with linemates Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille, and moving Bolland to White with linemates Dan Bertram and Mike Blunden. The 'B' line connected for White's only goal after Bolland stripped Troy Brouwer as he crossed the blue line and found a streaking Blunden, who then fed it to Bertram who beat goalie Joe Fallon for the score.
"We just wanted to move those guys around and get a different look," said Norfolk head coach Mike Haviland. "We wanted to see Toews with Skille and Blunden and see if there was a spark."
Haviland coached the Red team for the second scrimmage and paid more attention to Toews' game.
"He does a lot of the little things," Haviland said of the 2006 1st round pick. "He has great hockey sense and is going to be a special player."
The teams again scrimmaged for two 25-minute halves. In the second half, Mike Broduer replaced Desjardins for White with Corey Crawford sliding in for Fallon on the Red side. Both netminders were solid with Brodeur giving up the only goal of the half. Streaking up the left side, Nathan Davis found a wide open Dowell in the crease for his second goal of the game.
"The puck hit my knee pads and trickled in," said Broduer, who is 100 percent healthy after being sidelined for half of the 2005-06 campaign due to a back injury.
Haviland singled out the 'college' line of Davis, Dowell and Burish as Red's most effective line.
"Dowell and Burish played together at Wisconsin and there is some chemistry there. Davis has great speed and skill and adds a lot to the line," Haviland said.
"The biggest thing is their effort. They all work hard every shift."
Crawford would thwart penalty shot chances by Dave Bolland and Chris Porter to preserve Red's two-goal win.
"I thought all four goalies were real good," said Haviland. "Anything that went in seemed to go off a skate or trickled through. They were at the top of their games."
2006 6th round pick Jan-Mikael Juutilainen arrived at camp and played for the White team.
The two teams will scrimmage again Saturday at 10:30 am at the Edge in Bensenville.
Friday's Line Combinations