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Training Camp Day 1 Report

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche opened its 2009 training camp on Sunday morning at South Suburban Family Sports Center. The camp runs from Sept. 13-15, and will culminate with the club’s annual Burgundy/White Game on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

The 56 players in attendance are split up into three teams; Grey, Black and Blue. Each day, two of the teams will hold a scrimmage, while the third practices and goes through off-ice workouts.

After a 45-minute practice, Team Grey and Team Black went head-to-head.

Team Grey:
Forwards: Darcy Tucker, T.J. Galiardi, Marek Svatos, Ryan Stoa, Shawn Bates, Brian Willsie, Tom Fritsche, Matt Hendricks, Brandon Yip
Defensemen: Ruslan Salei, Brett Skinner, John-Michael Liles, Joel Chouinard, Wes O’Neill, Patrick Cusack.
Goalies: Craig Anderson, Peter Delmas

Team Black:
Forwards: Cody McLeod, Paul Stastny, T.J. Hensick, Justin Mercier, Ryan O’Reilly, Chris Stewart, Chris Durno, Kelsey Tessier
Defensemen: Cameron Gaunce, Adam Foote, Brett Clark, Brian Fahey, Kyle Cumiskey, Ray Macias, Samuel Finn
Goalies: Peter Budaj, Billy Sauer

1st Half
30:00: Anderson in goal for Grey, Budaj in goal for Black

25:34: Bates with a faceoff win for Grey, setting up a Ryan Stoa one-timer that is stopped by Budaj.

23:50: BLACK GOAL – Svatos throws the puck toward the net, where he finds a streaking Galiardi to give Black a 1-0 lead.

21:55: GREY GOAL – Grey answers back on a Mercier tally. Foote puts a shot on goal from the right point, and Mercier cleans up during the ensuing scrum around the net.

17:45: Anderson has been very aggressive coming out of his net to play the puck, and has made several crisp passes to his defensemen.

9:45: On one shift, Tucker just misses when trying to lay a big hit on Gaunce, registers a takeaway, and then dangles around two defenders before sending a pass through the slot that just misses its target.

6:52: Hensick goes one-on-one with O’Neill and gets off a shot that is stopped by Anderson.

4:10: Yip is leveled by McLeod in the Grey defensive zone.

0:00: End of the first half, scored tied, 1-1.

2nd Half
30:00: Delmas starts in goal for Grey, Sauer takes over for Black.

26:20: Delmas makes his first big save, stopping a Stastny wrist shot.

24:30: While cutting toward the net, Stewart accidentally takes out Delmas and both players slide behind the goal. As they get up, they share a quick chuckle.

21:08: Foote pulls aside Gaunce to give him a few words of advice. The new Avalanche captain and the young blueliner have been paired up on occasion throughout the day.

20:43: A Salei point shot is stopped by Sauer, but sits in the crease for two or three seconds before Foote clears it out of harm’s way.

15:05: Macias loses the puck in front of his own goal, where Yip picks it up and puts a shot on net. However, Sauer is able to make a nice glove save.

14:25: BLACK GOAL – Mercier strikes again. The forward’s second goal comes in similar fashion to the first, as the Miami (Ohio) University alum puts the puck in the net following a goalmouth scrum.

7:00: Sauer makes pair of point-blank stops on Tom Fritsche to keep his team up, 2-1.

5:27: Stewart gets free and tries to pick the top left corner on a breakaway, but misses wide.

3:43: Hendricks rings the pipe with a laser-like wrist shot from the slot. Team Black still holding onto a 2-1 lead.

1:51: Galiardi attempts to even the score with a backhander, but Sauer makes another save.

1:33: Team Grey pulls Delmas for the extra attacker.

1:06: Hensick misses on an open net, leaving hope for Team Grey.

0:00: Game over. The first scrimmage at training camp ends in a 2-1 win for Team Black. Budaj and Sauer were solid in net, allowing only one combined goal.

From The Head Coach
Joe Sacco’s First Impressions
“I thought it went well. I was actually pleased with the tempo of the game and I thought the guys had a good pace. You could see towards the last three or four minutes of each session they were running a little bit out of gas, but other than that I was pleased with the way the scrimmage went.”

On Matt Duchene
“Matt didn’t play in the game today, but I got a chance to watch him in practice. I thought he worked hard. I thought he put a good effort into every drill. He certainly has some skill. I’m looking forward to watching him play tomorrow.”

On the Standout Young Players in Today’s Scrimmage
“I thought a lot of our young guys played well today. They seemed to have good jump out there. Justin Mercier, (Ryan) O’Reilly played well this morning. Those are just to name a couple.”

Cann Back On The Ice
Netminder Trevor Cann was back on the ice today, taking part in practice with Team Blue just two days after suffering an injury.

On Friday, the final day of rookie camp, it appeared as though Cann was struck in the collarbone by a Matt Duchene wrist shot. After taking a few minutes to gather himself, Cann skated off to receive further evaluation before eventually being cleared for today’s practice.

On Saturday, forwards Josh Aspenlind, Patrick Bordeleau and David Marshall were reassigned to the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). All three players attended rookie camp on AHL contracts.
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