Free-agent camp invitee Alexandre Fortin followed up a strong first day of scrimmages with another solid performance on Tuesday at Johnny’s IceHouse West, scoring the game’s opening goal and adding a half-dozen scoring chances as Team B marched to a 4-1 victory over Team A.
Fortin, a 19-year-old left winger out of Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL, potted his third goal of prospect camp 2:13 into the scrimmage’s second frame, collecting a rebound in front of the net before firing a well-placed shot over the shoulder of free-agent goaltender Evgeny Kiselev to put Team A up 1-0.
“This week’s a good test to see how you fit among the other prospects and see what your improvement has been throughout the offseason,” said 2014 fifth-round pick Luc Snuggerud. “Just the pace of the play and seeing if you can keep up with it, it’s a good test for everyone.”
Team B would strike back 5 minutes later after fellow free-agent invitee Adam Johnson’s shot from the top of the right circle trickled through the legs of Boston University junior Connor LaCouvee, another undrafted free agent in attendance.
The rest of the scrimmage proved to be a very back-and-forth affair, with both teams trading scoring chances. Alex DeBrincat, a 2016 second-rounder, created a number of quality scoring chances for Team B towards the end of the second frame, and Fortin continued to impress with his speed in all three zones.
Jack Ramsey, a seventh-round pick in 2014, would put Team B up 2-1 early in the third period, collecting a pretty feed from 25-year-old free agent Markus Ljungh from behind the net and putting it home for his first goal of prospect camp.
“It’s always about trying to get better and trying to improve,” Snuggerud added. “Trying to compete for jobs wherever you get the chance. In my opinion, it’s all about just working hard.”
Team B would add two goals in the final 5 minutes after 2014 third-round pick Matheson Iacopelli followed up his initial shot and poked the puck past the goaltender. Ljungh posted his second point of the day with under 3 minutes left, collecting a rebound in the crease before roofing a pretty backhand shot over the shoulder of goaltender Jack Burgart.
“The whole thing has been a great experience so far,” free agent invitee Jake Randolph said afterward. “This is my first experience with an NHL camp, and what better organization to be a part of than the Chicago Blackhawks?”