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Training Camp Recap - Day 2

by Kyle Shohara / Colorado Avalanche
The fans were back in full force to watch Day 2 of training camp in Englewood.  Day 2 featured three instra-squad scrimmages that showcased the team’s newest acquisitions, including goaltenders Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Semyon Varlamov, defensemen Shane O’Brien and Jan Hejda, and forwards Chuck Kobasew and Joakim Lindstrom.  The Avalanche’s recent draft picks were also on the ice, much to the delight of the jam-packed South Suburban Family Sports Center. 

There has been a considerable amount of buzz and excitement in the air for the past two days.  Fans are excited and it's definitely being heard - and felt - throughout the facility.


The intensity that was evident during yesterday’s scrimmages carried over to Day 2, as Team Black looked to improve upon its perfect 2-0 record.  It didn’t take long – less than a minute, in fact, for Brad Malone to put Team Black up 1-0.  They didn’t let up, quickly turning a 1-0 lead into a three-goal lead, the third goal complements of Paul Stastny.  With Joakim Lindstrom dancing around an opposing forechecker in his own zone, he fed an outlet pass to Stastny, who was in full flight in the neutral zone.  Stastny rushed in on his off wing and sent the puck over the shoulder of Blue’s goaltender Calvin Pickard.  Team Blue eventually got on the board with a goal by Ryan O’Reilly, his second goal and third point in his last two contests. 


Fresh legs appeared to be the difference as Team Gray scored four unanswered goals to defeat Team Blue 4-1 in Gray’s first scrimmage of Day 2. Greg Mauldin had two goals for Gray while teammates Luke Walker and Kyle Quincey also scored. Blue’s Ryan O’Reilly began the goal scoring in the scrimmage with a beautiful wrist shot that beat Gray goaltender Semyon Varlamov over his right shoulder. That was the last puck that got behind Varlamov as he stuffed Blue’s attempts for the rest of the contest. Walker scored the first goal for Gray with 22 minutes left to go in the 45 minute scrimmage to tie the game, and Quincey gave Gray the only lead they would need with a shot from the point, less than a minute later. Mauldin finished the scoring with less than three minutes to play.


The final contest of the day featured an undefeated Team Black squad that won its first match by a score of 3-1.  Daniel Winnik opened the scoring with his third goal in four games after nearly 30 minutes of scoreless action.  But Team Gray showed its resilience when defenseman Troy Rutkowski fired a shot through traffic to tie things up with six minutes left.  Despite a late flurry by Team Gray, the game ended in a tie and Team Black remains undefeated.


Shane O’Brien

On Day 2 Fan Turnout
“The first two days were great. Looking back at this organization and all the success they have had – two cups and all – they have some knowledgeable fans here. They are probably not happy how last year went, but at the same time they are excited and there is a little bit of a buzz in the building. I ran into a couple of them yesterday when I went to grab lunch and they’re dedicated. It’s nice to play in front of fans that know what’s going on, but at the same time they have expectations and they want to see wins. As pros, that is something that we have to do.”

On Fan Support cont...
“It just nice to see. Everybody is in different situations but speaking for myself as a veteran guy you are just trying to get your hands back and get back going. It is nice to see the fans out there and it makes it more enjoyable. The young kids out there are fighting for a job so it’s not easy to get your feet wet but that’s the way that training camp is every year. It’s kind of grind but it’s nice to see the fan support.”

Jan Hejda

On why he came to Colorado?
“I think it’s one of the best teams and Denver is one of the best cities in the NHL. I didn’t think too much about coming here because I knew it was a young team and if you look back at the last four or five years and look at the teams that win the Stanley Cup, they are younger teams. I think this team will be good this year and my feeling is in the next three to four years, this team can win the Stanley Cup.”

On his type of play being perfect for the Avs?
“I hope so. I’m trying to bring some experience on the team and some size. I’m going to try and help the older guys on and off the ice. I plan on being that guy that can help everyone on the ice.”
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