Seven Straight Goals Carry Team Red
Team Red rallied from a 4-1 deficit by scoring seven unanswered goals in the second period to defeat Team White 8-4 Sunday at the Edge in Bensenville.
Jack Skille and Tyler McGregor paced Red with a goal and an assist each. As of Sunday, Skille leads all prospects in points with five (3 goals, 2 assists).
"Our (Red) guys got hungry and started getting after it," Norfolk head coach Mike Haviland said. "They really turned it on. They have a hunger, which is a good thing, and they just did not want to lose."
Trailing 4-1 entering the second 25-minute period, McGregor started the rally by netting a penalty shot as White defenseman Brian Yandle gave chase for a hooking call.
McGregor's goal cut the White lead to 4-2 with over 20 minutes left in regulation. Skille recorded Red's first goal in the opening period with a successful penalty shot.
After McGregor, six different Red players tallied goals to beat White in the third straight scrimmage. Karel Hromas, Adam Berti, Adam Burish, Dave Bolland, Bryan Bickell and Jonathan D'Aversa each recorded a goal in the second period for Red.
"We tried to open the game up a little bit," Haviland said. "We started stretching the ice and got behind (White) several times. I think we caught White off guard a little bit."
Bolland's goal was his first at camp. Bolland, who tallied 57 goals in 59 games in 2005-06 for the London Knights (OHL), received a pass from Skille, and then skated around defenders straight to the net, finally flipping a shot over White goaltender Corey Crawford, who replaced Cedric DeJardins in the second period.
"I guess I was a bit overdue," Bolland said. "But it's not all about the goals. It's about playing together as team and learning how to play with new guys."
White jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period against Red goalie Joe Fallon, who was later replaced by Joe Palmer in the second.
Toew's goal - an unassisted tally - came when he attacked the net, skated past three Red defenders and slapped it in at point-blank range.
"I am very impressed with Toews," Haviland said. "I thought he was really smart out there. He did all the little things right."
Sunday was the last practice and scrimmage for Toews, Bolland, Blunden, Dan Bertram and Cam Barker. All five left immediately after Sunday's scrimmage for Toronto, where they will be honored as members of Canada's 2006 gold-medal winning World Junior Championship team.
In only a few days, all five have made a huge impression on Haviland.
"I was impressed by all five of them," Haviland said. "They are all talented, fast and good with the puck...All of them have bright futures."
Due to the departure of some of the players, Haviland said the two teams will practice different systems on Monday at 11:00 am at the Edge instead of scrimmaging.
The two teams though are scheduled to scrimmage Tuesday at 10:30 am.