Monday marked the final day of training camp for the Colorado Avalanche. Players were greeted to bleachers full of fans anxiously awaiting the day’s three intra-squad scrimmages. The pace and intensity was ratcheted to a whole new level and players were taking runs at each other with regularity. Brad Malone
and Dillon Donnelly
dropped the gloves during the day’s final game, marking the only scrap of training camp.
TEAM GRAY VS. TEAM BLUE
The game was scoreless for the better part of 25 minutes, with goalies Semyon Varlamov
(Gray) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere
(Black) trading saves. But within a span of two minutes, Gray tallied two goals including a point shot from Duncan Siemens
that made its way through traffic and behind Giguere. Goals from Peter Mueller
and Brandon Yip made it 4-0 and Varlamov recorded a shutout for Team Gray.
FINAL SCORE: TEAM GRAY: 4, TEAM BLUE: 0TEAM BLACK VS. TEAM GRAY
Team Black begins Day 3 of training camp with a 4-0 record in intra-squad play. David Jones
continues the momentum, as he put Black up 1-0 in the early stages. With a delayed penalty and the extra attacker on the ice, Paul Stastny
snapped a shot that put Black up 2-0. But Brandon Yip scored his second goal in as many contests, cutting the deficit in half, as Gray looked to carry the momentum. Team Black’s insurance marker came with 20 minutes left in the game, as new defenseman Jan Hejda
pinched and put them up by two goals. After a Cody McLeod
goal that increased the lead to three, Gray’s defenseman Troy Rutkowski
netted his second goal of training camp, beating Giguere blocker side. Black remains undefeated with a 4-2 victory.
FINAL SCORE: TEAM BLACK: 4, TEAM GRAY: 2TEAM BLACK VS. TEAM BLUE
With a perfect 5-0 record heading into the final game of training camp, Team Black had reason to be confident. But the momentum quickly shifted early on when Team Blue’s Mike Brennan capitalized on miscommunication behind Black’s net. Brennan, who pressured goaltender Trevor Cann
into coughing up the puck, quickly brought it back around and gave Blue a 1-0 lead. The intensity level reached a boiling point when Brad Malone
dumped defenseman Dillon Donnelly
behind Blue’s net. The two squared off and dropped the gloves, trading several punches before being sent to their respective benches. It was the only fight thus far, but proof of the competitive nature displayed all throughout training camp. Team Blue eventually scored an empty net goal, giving Team Black its only loss during training camp. Sami Aittokallio
recorded the shutout.
FINAL SCORE: TEAM BLUE: 2, TEAM BLACK: 0QUOTES FROM ERIK JOHNSON
:Thoughts on the three days of training camp
The pace was good and all the guys came in shape, ready to play and compete for a roster spot. I think we have a lot of depth on this team that can really help us out going into the season. It was a good three days for Team Black.On Team Black’s 5-1 record
Some of the guys were calling it “Team Ginger” with Brad Malone
and Cody McLeod
out there. We had good balance up and down our three lines, good goaltending and solid defense.Fan support during training camp
It’s something I didn’t really expect. I didn’t know how many fans would turn out for training camp, but I know myself, personally, and the rest of the guys were blown away by the support. Even today, on a Monday, it was pretty busy. It’s good to see the passion they have for hockey and we’re going to do our best to win some hockey games and get back to the playoffs.