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Team Black Wins Final Scrimmage, 9-2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
On Tuesday, the third and final scrimmage of Colorado’s 2008 Rookie Camp was contested, with Team Black taking a 9-2 decision.

Although today’s scrimmage was the last of the camp, the prospects will hit the ice tomorrow from approximately 9:30-11:30 a.m. for a practice session. The 27 players from rookie camp will then join 32 others for the start of training camp on Sept. 19.

“The scrimmages were good and got better as they went along,” said defenseman Darcy Campbell. “At these camps you learn what it takes to be a professional. You’re on the ice, working out every day, and it really shows you where you need to be and how you can get there.”

1st Half
Peter Delmas (Team Gray) and Ian Keserich (Team Black) were the starters in goal.

Campbell staked Team Black to a 1-0 lead 3:30 into the scrimmage with a blast from the left faceoff circle, but Team Gray rallied off four unanswered goals before the intermission.

Mark McCutcheon and Kelsey Tessier started it off by notching goals before the midway point of the half.

After Trevor Cann replaced Keserich in the Black goal with 11:00 left, his teammates quickly gave him a three-goal cushion, as Tom Fritsche and Bryan Marshall both tallied to give Black a 4-1 advantage at the half.

2nd Half
Team Black continued to put goals on the board in the second half, receiving tallies from Philippe Dupuis, Cameron Gaunce and Chris Mueller in the first 10 minutes to take a 7-1 lead.

Keserich took over for Delmas in the Gray goal with 21:00 on the clock, and his team responded less than a minute later on a Nigel Williams marker.

But Black would add goals from Michael Vernace and Chris Stewart before the final buzzer sounded to secure the 9-2 victory.

Notes: Both McCutcheon and T.J. Hensick were awarded penalty shots – which took the place of two-minute minors – during the scrimmage…McCutcheon was stopped by Cann, while Hensick was thwarted by Keserich…Hensick, Dupuis, Drummond, Fritsche, McCutcheon, Stewart and Vernace tied for the unofficial camp lead with three goals apiece during the scrimmages.
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