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Training Camp Report: Day 2

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Avs went through their second and final day of training camp scrimmages Sunday morning at Family Sports Center. The same format was utilized as yesterday, with each of the three teams playing two 45-minute, running-time games.


Scrimmage Recaps
Click here for detailed recaps of Sunday’s scrimmages

Team Blue 6, Team Grey 1
Brandon Yip scored two goals to lead Team Blue to victory. Julian Talbot, Ryan O’Reilly, Michael Bournival and David Jones also scored for Team Blue, while Matt Duchene tallied Grey’s only goal.

Team Black 5, Team Grey 1
Chris Stewart had two goals and an assist for Team Black, which also received goals from Colby Cohen, John-Michael Liles and Paul Stastny. Zach Cohen scored Team Grey’s lone goal on a penalty shot.

Team Blue 3, Team Black 0
Blue goaltenders Trevor Cann and Calvin Pickard combined for the shutout, while Yip, David Jones and Julian Talbot each had a goal.

Coach Sacco’s Reaction To Day Two
“I thought it went well today. I thought the intensity picked up today, more so than yesterday, which was to be expected…One of the games was physical. You could see certain players trying to make a statement to get themselves into a preseason game or the Burgundy/White Game tomorrow night.”

Every Minute Counts
The Avalanche’s training camp is set up slightly different than the past few years, with the players only going through two days of scrimmages at Family Sports Center. That being the case, some of the younger players in the organization don’t have quite as much time to prove themselves – whether they are trying to simply gain a spot in the Burgundy/White Game, get a few preseason contests under their belt or gain a full-time spot on the Avalanche’s roster.

That detail is not lost on the players.

“Guys are out there working hard and this is the first time a lot of guys have done any hitting since the end of last year,” said Kevin Porter. “A lot of guys are going hard. The intensity is high and guys are fighting for jobs.”

Philippe Dupuis has played 12 NHL games with the Avalanche over the past two seasons. He says that players in his position – those battling for one of the final roster spots – have a lot to try and establish in a short amount of time.

“You don’t have a lot of time to prove yourself, so these two days have been really important for us,” said Dupuis. “Guys are more hungry and want to make the team. There’s a few spots open and everyone is battling for them, so that’s a good sign.”

Injury Updates
First-round draft pick Joey Hishon suffered a hand injury during a scrimmage today and will be reevaluated before Monday’s Burgundy/White Game. After the injury, Hishon was held off the ice for the remainder of the day.

“He’ll be reevaluated again this afternoon and tomorrow morning,” said Sacco. “I’ll know more tomorrow morning, but I think it was more precautionary than anything today to take him off.”

Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey was held off the ice for the second consecutive day with a slight groin strain, but Sacco said it was for precautionary reasons.

“We wanted to keep him off and make sure he’s ready before he gets back on the ice,” said Sacco. “We don’t want it to be something that lingers on with him. He’s day-to-day now as well.”

Burgundy/White Game Tomorrow
Tomorrow the Avalanche will contest its annual Burgundy/White Game at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., with puck drop scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

This year marks the first time that the Burgundy/White Game will be played in Broomfield.  The annual contest has previously taken place in Denver and Colorado Springs. 

Click here for a detailed history of the Avalanche Burgundy/White Game.

The Burgundy/White Game features all Avalanche players competing in a three-period, intra-squad scrimmage.  Fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to watch a shootout at the end of regulation regardless of the score.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s game will benefit Kroenke Sports Charities and Colorado Avalanche Youth Hockey programs.  The previous 10 Burgundy/White games have generated in excess of $500,000 for various charitable causes throughout Colorado.  Since 1995, the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund and Kroenke Sports Charities have made donations exceeding $12 million to local charities throughout Colorado.
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