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Skille, Team Red Overwhelm White 11-4

by Staff Writer / Chicago Blackhawks

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Thanks in part to Team Red's ability to capitalize on penalty shots, Team White had to skate after the scrimmage for the second straight day.'s Standout Players
RW Jack Skille - Scored twice on penalty shots and once again displayed the speed and skill that GM Dale Tallon sought when he drafted the Wisconsin Badger.
RW Troy Brouwer - The WHL's Bobby Clarke Trophy winner tallied two goals.
C Chris Auger - The 2006 sixth round draft choice assisted on two goals in Saturday's scrimmage.

Red made 4-of-6 penalty shots - two by Wisconsin's Jack Skille - en route to an 11-4 win over White Saturday at the Edge in Bensenville.

White, which skated after Friday's scrimmage loss too, had five penalty shot opportunities but converted only one.

Norfolk head coach Mike Haviland said he instructed the referees before the scrimmage to call more penalties based on the new NHL rules. In all, 11 penalties were called, five by Red and six by White.

"They need to understand the new rules," Haviland said. "We got some guys that have a chance to come up and play. They need to understand that they can't use their sticks in the NHL anymore. It was a learning opportunity for them."

Red converted three penalty shots in the first period to a take 5-3 lead at the break, as the team again scrimmaged in two 25-minute halves.

Skille netted the first penalty shot of the game as Yale's Brennan Turner gave chase for hooking. Ben Shutron and Adam Burish also netted penalty shots in the first period.

Red's Bryan Bickell tallied the first goal of the game with a shot from the right circle. Skille and Dave Bolland, who returned to Red a day after Jonathan Toews and he switched teams, were credited with assists on the play.

Tyler McGregor, a try out player from Holy Cross, also netted a goal for Red in the first period.

As for White, Tony Lagerstrom registered White's first goal of the game just moments after Bickell's opening score. Lagerstrom then assisted on a Chris Porter tally. Turner completed White's first period scoring with a successful penalty shot as Red's Jacob Dowell gave chase for highsticking.

Red pulled away in the second period scoring six goals, two of which came at the hands of Troy Brouwer, the WHL's top scorer in 2005-06. Adam Berti, Karel Hromas and Nathan Davis each tallied goals and Skille converted his second penalty shot in the final period.

Turner netted his second goal of the scrimmage in the second period, but it was White's only score in final period.

Vermont's Joe Fallon played the first half in goal for Red and was replaced by Joe Palmer in the second. Mike Brodeur started in net for White and was replaced by Cedric Desjardins.

Chris Auger continued his strong play for Red tallying two assists in the scrimmage.

As if 11 penalties and numerous checks were not enough for one scrimmage, White's Michael Grenzy and Red's Berti dropped their gloves and exchanged blows with approximately four minutes left to play. The two eventually fell to the ice and the referees broke it up.

But that was not the only fight on Saturday. Jacob Dowell (Red) and Turner exchanged loud blows with one another just minutes after the Grenzy and Berti scuffle. Both landed punches and the two eventually fell to the ice.

The two teams will scrimmage again Sunday morning at the Edge in Bensenville.

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