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White battles, but Team Red prevails in second prospect scrimmage

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

Despite taking an early lead and battling back from a one-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime, the White Team fell to the Red Team 4-3 (SO) for the second straight game at Blackhawks Prospect Camp.

“I thought we showed up a lot better than we did yesterday,” said winger Garret Ross. “We had our opportunities today and we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Ross skated alongside fellow 2012 draft pick Chris Calnan and 2011 draft pick Kevin Hayes on White’s second line.

White came out visibly stronger and faster than Wednesday’s start, and it was only a matter of time before Calnan netted the first goal of the scrimmage.

Kevin Hayes attributed much of the quick start to a pre-game speech given by Blackhawks 2011 draft pick Brandon Saad.

“Saad gave a great pump-up speech before the game,” said Hayes. “He’s a great player, a great leader. He’s always out there helping guys.”

Saad and Blackhawks 2011 first-rounder Phillip Danault knotted the score at 2-2 for White after two second-period strikes from Red. Saad made the pass to Danault, who was there for the easy finish.

“I love playing with Saad,” said Danault. “He’s everywhere and he’s working hard.”

After another frustrating loss for White, all thoughts turn towards the third and final scrimmage on Friday.

“We were angry about yesterday, and I think we showed that,” said Danault. “We’ll be better tomorrow.”

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