Welcome to ColoradoAvalanche.com’s coverage of the Avs’ 2007 Rookie Camp. Over the next four days (Sept. 8-11), 28 prospects will be going through practices, games and off-ice conditioning at the South Suburban Family Sports Center. Selected rookies from this camp will join the veterans at Colorado’s Training Camp beginning on Sept. 14.
Throughout Rookie Camp, www.coloradoavalanche.com will be your source for news and player interviews, so be sure to check back each day for new content.
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Saturday, Sept. 8
From 9:30-10:00 a.m., the Avalanche prospects went through a brief practice on the Hamilton Ice Sheet. As the skaters warmed up, Avalanche Goaltending Coach Jeff Hackett worked with the four netminders (Trevor Cann, Andrew Penner, Michael Wall and Tyler Weiman) on positioning.
Penner, who split the 2006-07 season between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League, was a late addition to the camp, as was former University of New Hampshire forward Brett Hemingway.
After a few drills, the players headed through the tunnel and over to the Avalanche Ice Sheet to compete in the camp’s first scrimmage.
For the scrimmage, the players were divided into two squads: Team Black and Team Gray. Full rosters are listed at the end of the game recap.
Michael Wall is starting the game in net for Team Black, while Tyler Weiman is assuming netminding duties for Team Gray.
Both teams came out hard to start the scrimmage, with each notching a goal within the first six minutes. Mark McCutcheon opened the scoring for Team Black, followed by a Brent Kelly tally for Team Gray minutes later on a shot that deflected off a defender’s skate and past Wall.
Near the midway point of the first period, David Jones put on a pretty move and appeared to beat Weiman on a move to his forehand, but the play was whistled dead, as the net was dislodged.
With just over a minute remaining in the first period, T.J. Hensick gave Team Black a 2-1 advantage on a rebound goal. During a 2-on-1 rush, Hensick fed Jones, who was stopped by Weiman. However, Hensick was able to corral the rebound and slip the puck into the back of the net.
After eight minutes of back-and-forth action, Chris Stewart evened the game for Team Gray on a shot that went over Wall’s shoulder on a breakaway.
Midway through the period, the ice was resurfaced. Following the brief intermission, the teams went to 5-on-5 action. Trevor Cann took over goaltending duties for Team Black, while Penner was between the pipes for Team Gray.
The teams quickly traded goals a few minutes after the intermission, with Jones striking for Team Black and Michael Vernace scoring for Team Gray 30 seconds later. The final tally of the middle frame came on a Kelly penalty shot. Kelly beat Cann glove side to give Team Gray a 4-3 advantage.
Team Gray scored the only three goals during the final stanza en route to a 7-3 victory.
Stewart notched his second tally off the game 6:40 into the period, slipping past a defender before tucking the puck between Cann’s legs. Dan DaSilva made it a 6-3 contest shortly after off a feed from Codey Burki.
Former University of Denver forward J.D. Corbin rounded out the scoring with 2:09 remaining in the contest when he tipped a Rob Drummond attempt past Cann.