The Colorado Avalanche closes training camp today with the annual Burgundy/White Game at the University of Denver. Below are update on the intra-squad scrimmage.
3:00 p.m.: Sunday's Burgundy/White scrimmage concluded with White skating away the victor after a lopsided 3-1 win.
Team White struck once each period, generating enough offense to hold Burgundy at bay until the end of the match.
Veteran forward Alex Tanguay was the first to find twine, corralling a pass from linemate Nathan MacKinnon on a 2-on-1 play before firing the biscuit up and over goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov to give White the lead. The tally came with 28 seconds left to play in the opening stanza.
Looking to return the favor, Burgundy fired ten shots on goalie Reto Berra in first period and four in the second, but none of them could solve the Swiss netminder, who went perfect in his roughly 30 minutes of play.
At the other end of the ice, White put another marker on the board—this time in the middle frame—after 2015 first-round (No. 10 overall) draft selection Mikko Rantanen banged home a Nikita Zadorov rebound that had trickled through Varlamov and into the blue paint.
The goal—which came just 5:06 in—was part of an 18-shot barrage that White unleashed in the second period. Burgundy had pressed to start the stanza, sending plenty of pucks Berra's way, but he stayed resolute throughout.
At the midway point of the contest, both netminders switched out. Calvin Pickard, for White, and Spencer Martin, for Burgundy, came in to finish the match.
White scored once more in the final frame, as PTO forward Jack Skille dodged a huge hit from Borna Rendulic, scooped up the puck from Julien Nantel and fired a shot home behind Martin. The tally, which came just 5:45 into the period, would be enough to keep the game out of reach for Burgundy.
Joey Hishon managed to pot the lone goal for his squad, ending the shutout bid for Team White after a Dennis Everberg rebound squeaked out in front of Pickard's crease for the tap in.
Despite pulling the netminder near the end of the contest, White prevented Burgundy from mounting any further comeback.
12:40 p.m.: Below are today's line combinations based on line rushes during warmup:
Andreas Martinsen—Matt Duchene—Jarome Iginla
John Mitchell—Conner Bleackley—Blake Comeau
Dennis Everberg—Joey Hishon—Borna Rendulic
Alexis Pepin—Freddie Hamilton—Patrick Bordeleau
Francois Beauchemin—Erik Johnson
Chris Bigras—Brad Stuart
Mason Geertsen—Maxim Noreau
Sergei Boikov—Mat Clark
Gabriel Landeskog—Carl Soderberg—Mikko Rantanen
Alex Tanguay—Mikhail Grigorenko—Nathan MacKinnon
Julien Nantel—Ben Street—Jack Skille
Gustav Olhaver—Jesse Winchester / Colin Smith—JC Beaudin
Brandon Gormley—Tyson Barrie
Nikita Zadorov—Zach Redmond
Duncan Siemens—Nicolas Meloche
Raphaell Maheux—Justin Hamonic
Scratches: Roman Will, Maximilian Pajpach, Nick Holden, Nate Guenin, Hubert Labrie, Andrej Meszaros, Cody Corbett, Cody McLeod, Marc-Andre Cliche, Andrew Agozzino, Samuel Henley, Reid Petryk, Troy Bourke, Trevor Cheek, Daniel Maggio, Michael Schumacher, Garrett Muers, Nick Magyar.
Live updates of today's game will be on the Avalanche's twitter account.
11:15 a.m.: Good morning from Magness Arena, home of the University of Denver men's ice hockey team. The Zamboni is doing some final laps around the rink to make sure the ice is ready to go for today's Burgundy/White Game—the official end to Avalanche Training Camp.
Game time is at 1 p.m. MT, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are still available at the Ritchie Center box office, which opens at noon.
Today's game rosters were just announced. Check them out Here.
The format for today's game will be pretty similar with Team Burgundy and Team White playing three 20-minute periods with stoppages and penalties. Traditionally, there has been a shootout at the end, regardless of the score. We'll give probable line combinations after warmup when we see the players doing line drills.
This game is always one the Avs look forward to, as it's their first chance to play in an NHL-like contest and give the fans a good show before the preseason starts.
"You know we play hard for them and try to make it entertaining," said defenseman Tyson Barrie after Saturday's practice.
More player comments are in today's game preview.
For what it's worth, Team Burgundy has been the better of the two squads historically, owning a 9-5 all-time record. However, Team White won last season's matchup at DU by a 4-3 score. For more history of the intra-squad scrimmage, head over to our Burgundy/White Game history page.
If you can't make it down to DU then follow today's game on the Avalanche's Twitter account. It will provide live updates throughout the contest. A full wrap up of the scrimmage, with video and photos, will be at ColoradoAvalanche.com later today.