'Wisconsin Blackhawks' Lead Red To Win
The 'Wisconsin Blackhawks' had another strong showing at Prospects Camp Monday, leading Red to a 5-1 victory over White.
Wisconsin senior Jake Dowell notched his second multi-goal game of the camp, while sophomore Jack Skille scored a goal and assisted on Dowell's second goal. Adam Burish, the Badgers captain last year as a senior, had an assist, setting up Miami-Ohio forward Nathan Davis for a goal.
The score was tied 1-1 after the first 25-minute half with Bryan Bickell scoring White's only goal on a feed from Tony Lagerstrom, beating Red netminder Joe Palmer. Petri Kontiola answered for Red a short time later when he picked up the rebound of a Jordan Hendry shot and slipped it past goalie Corey Crawford. Karel Hromas assisted on the play.
The second half belonged to the Wisconsin prospects, as Burish, Dowell and Skille factored in all four Red goals scored against tryout goalie Cedric Desjardins. Joe Fallon didn't allow a goal for Red.
"We're just having fun," said Burish. "It's nice that they grouped us all together on the same team, so we're just having fun joking with each other out there and flying up and down the ice."
World Junior gold medalists Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland, Cam Barker, Mike Blunden and Dan Bertram did not play in the scrimmage. All five players are being honored by Team Canada in Toronto and had to leave camp Sunday.
Camp will conclude with a scrimmage Tuesday at 10:30 am.
By Adam Jahns
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.
By Adam Jahns
Thanks in part to Team Red's ability to capitalize on penalty shots, Team White had to skate after the scrimmage for the second straight day.
Red made 4-of-6 penalty shots - two by Wisconsin's Jack Skille - en route to an 11-4 win over White Saturday at the Edge in Bensenville.
White had five penalty shot opportunities but converted only one.
Norfolk head coach Mike Haviland said he instructed the referees before the scrimmage to call more penalties based on the new NHL rules. In all, 11 penalties were called, five by Red and six by White.
"They need to understand the new rules," Haviland said. "We got some guys that have a chance to come up and play. They need to understand that they can't use their sticks in the NHL anymore. It was a learning opportunity for them."
Red converted three penalty shots in the first period to a take 5-3 lead at the break, as the team again scrimmaged in two 25-minute halves.
Skille netted the first penalty shot of the game as Yale's Brennan Turner gave chase for hooking. Ben Shutron and Adam Burish also netted penalty shots in the first period.
Red's Bryan Bickell tallied the first goal of the game with a shot from the right circle. Skille and Dave Bolland, who returned to Red a day after Jonathan Toews and he switched teams, were credited with assists on the play.
Tyler McGregor, a try out player from Holy Cross, also netted a goal for Red in the first period.
As for White, Tony Lagerstrom registered White's first goal of the game just moments after Bickell's opening score. Lagerstrom then assisted on a Chris Porter tally. Turner completed White's first period scoring with a successful penalty shot as Red's Jacob Dowell gave chase for highsticking.
Red pulled away in the second period scoring six goals, two of which came at the hands of Troy Brouwer, the WHL's top scorer in 2005-06. Adam Berti, Karel Hromas and Nathan Davis each tallied goals and Skille converted his second penalty shot in the final period.
Turner netted his second goal of the scrimmage in the second period, but it was White's only score in final period.
Vermont's Joe Fallon played the first half in goal for Red and was replaced by Joe Palmer in the second. Mike Brodeur started in net for White and was replaced by Cedric Desjardins.
Chris Auger continued his strong play for Red tallying two assists in the scrimmage.
As if 11 penalties and numerous checks were not enough for one scrimmage, White's Michael Grenzy and Red's Berti dropped their gloves and exchanged blows with approximately four minutes left to play. The two eventually fell to the ice and the referees broke it up.
But that was not the only fight on Saturday. Jacob Dowell (Red) and Turner exchanged loud blows with one another just minutes after the Grenzy and Berti scuffle. Both landed punches and the two eventually fell to the ice.
The two teams will scrimmage again Sunday morning at the Edge in Bensenville.
Saturday's Line Combinations
By Adam Kempenaar
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
By Adam Kempenaar
Finnish winger Marko Anttila scored the game-winning goal as White beat Red 4-2 Thursday in the first scrimmage of the 2006 Prospects Camp.
White jumped out to a 1-0 lead when North Dakota left wing Chris Porter beat Red goalie Corey Crawford with a blast from the left circle after a faceoff win by Tony Lagerstrom.
Troy Brouwer, the leading scorer in the WHL last season, evened the game up for Red when he narrowly beat goalie Mike Brodeur on a penalty shot. Video: Watch Brouwer's goal
A short time later, 2006 1st round pick Jonathan Toews regained the lead for White when he picked up a rebound close-in and roofed a backhand past Crawford. Toews centered a line with fellow World Junior teammates Dan Bertram on left wing and Mike Blunden on right wing.
"I thought the tempo was great for the first day out there," said Norfolk Admirals head coach Mike Haviland. "We did two 25-minute halves and the tempo for both halves was great. We've got a lot of talented kids. I'm excited and I know a lot of people in the organization are too."
Following Antilla's tally to make it 3-1, 2006 6th round pick Chris Auger cut the Red deficit to one when he beat tryout goalie Cedric Desjardins.
With 30 seconds to play, Haviland called a Red timeout and pulled University of Vermont goalie Joe Fallon to setup a play for extra attacker Jack Skille. The play worked as the 2005 1st rounder fired off a clear shot, but Desjardins made the save to preserve the Red victory.
Colorado College winger Scott McCulloch sealed the game for White with an empty-netter.
"I had a ton of fun out there today," said Skille. "To skate against those guys and with guys like [Dave] Bolland and [Bryan] Bickell, it was a lot of fun."
The scrimmage ended with a shootout, which White also won by a score of 6-2. 2004 2nd round pick Jakub Sindel was among the scorers for White.
The two teams will scrimmage again Friday morning at the Edge in Bensenville.
Wisconsin winger Matt Ford did not scrimmage for Red due to a recent appendectomy. C Jan-Mikael Juutilainen and goalie Joe Palmer, both 2006 draft picks, did not play for White as they are both arriving to camp late.
Thursday's Line Combinations