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Rookie Camp Day 2: Team Gray Earns 7-6 Win

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The action continued during Day Two of the Colorado Avalanche’s 2008 Rookie Camp with a short practice followed by another scrimmage.

While Team Black earned a 6-5 win yesterday, it was Team Gray that came out on top Monday by a 7-6 score following a shootout. Jack Combs scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner for the Gray squad.

1st Half
Peter Delmas began the scrimmage in goal for Team Black, while Trevor Cann was between the pipes for Team Gray.

Jack Combs opened the scoring for Team Gray a little over a minute into the contest, while Tom Fritsche evened the score three minutes later after sneaking behind the defense.

Gray then took a 3-1 lead off goals by Mark McCutcheon and Rob Drummond before Team Black’s Chris Stewart made it a one-goal contest on a nice individual effort with 9:30 remaining in the half.

At that point, Ian Keserich took over in goal for Black, while Cann remained in net for Gray. Both goaltenders did a solid job for the remainder of the half, keeping the opposition off the scoreboard to maintain the 3-2 advantage for Team Gray.

2nd Half
Team Black stormed out of the gates in the second half, receiving goals from Bryan Marshall, Kevin Montgomery and Philippe Dupuis to take a 5-3 advantage with 9:30 left on the clock.

As soon as Combs narrowed Team Gray’s deficit to one goal, Kelsey Tessier again gave Team Black a two-goal cushion (6-4).

However, late goals from T.J. Hensick and Drummond made it a 6-6 contest and forced shootout.

With Keserich in goal for Gray and Delmas manning the crease for Black, a best-of-three shootout commenced.

Montgomery and Tom Fritsche both tallied for Black, while Drummond and Hensick each scored for Gray to extend the shootout.

After Keserich stopped Michael Vernace, Combs won the game for Team Gray by beating Delmas.

Back on the Ice Tuesday
The Avalanche’s 2008 Rookie Camp will continue Tuesday morning, with the players skating from approximately 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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