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Red Beats White 5-3 In First Scrimmage

by Adam Kempenaar / Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane had an assist and Jonathan Toews tallied an unassisted goal to lead Red to a 5-3 win over White Tuesday in the first scrimmage of the 2007 Prospects Camp.

Camp Scoring
Player G A P
ALIU 0 2 2
DEY 1 0 1
FORD 1 0 1
TOEWS 1 0 1
WALKER 1 0 1
HENDRY 0 1 1
KANE 0 1 1

2007 2nd round pick Akim Aliu had two assists and center Petri Kontiola scored for White in the loss.

Kane and Toews opened the scrimmage on the same line and produced a number of scoring chances.

"He's a pretty easy player to play with, let me tell you that," said Kane of fellow 1st round pick Toews. "He's good two ways -- a good passer, good puck mover and always seems to get the puck in one-on-one battles. For a winger, that's really easy to play with."

White opened the scoring with five minutes to play in the first of two 25-minute periods when Red goalie Joe Palmer got tangled up with Aliu behind his net. Aliu fed the puck to Kevin Henderson in front of the net for the wide-open goal.

Fellow tryout attendee Nate Dey evened the score a few minutes later with a wide-open goal of his own after beating White netminder Joe Fallon, who had come out of his net to play the puck.

2007 draftee Josh Unice started the 2nd half in goal for White and gave up two quick tallies, first to tryout Jared Walker who lifted a backhand past Unice on a drive to the net. 90 seconds later Kane fed the puck to Matt Ford at the top of the faceoff circles. Ford's slap shot beat Unice to make it 3-1 Red.

"It's always good to get on the scoresheet," said Kane. "I think I struggled a little bit today but I'll play better tomorrow."

"The pace was pretty fast and I felt better in the 2nd half," added Kane. "It's been about three weeks since I've skated."

"What impressed me the most about [Kane] is that when he went into the corners with the puck, he came out with the puck," said head coach Denis Savard. "He's going to be a good player for a very long time in this league."

Halfway through the period, Swedish defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson took an assist from winger Scott McCulloch and beat Unice with a slap shot from the point to make it 4-1.

Four minutes later with Mike Brodeur in net for White, Toews scored an unassisted goal to put Red up 5-1.

White made a late rush with goals from Kontiola and tryout winger Hunter Tremblay. Kontiola, who was one of the players on either team during the scrimmage, scored with a top shelf wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.

The scrimmage concluded with a shootout that featured just one goal by Red's Ford, who made a nifty move to beat Brodeur. Toews' effort went off the crossbar. Kane, McCulloch and Dan Bertram all missed their shots for Red; Kontiola, Evan Brophey, Jan-Mikael Juutilainen, J.C. Sawyer and Rob Drummond were all thwarted by tryout goalie Kellen Briggs.

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