The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up their 2011 Development Camp with a scrimmage Saturday that saw Team White defeat Team Blue, 8-4, at the Ice Haus, the Blue Jackets’ official practice facility at Nationwide Arena.
The teams played two 25-minute halves that featured 5-on-5 and 4-on-4 play, as well as alternated 5-on-3 and 5-on-4 power play opportunities of one-minute each for a period late in the second half. Goaltenders Mathieu Corbeil, Martin Ouellette and Allen York rotated between the teams throughout the scrimmage.
Boone Jenner, Columbus’ second round pick at last weekend’s Entry Draft, and Petr Straka, a second round pick in 2010, each scored a pair of goals to lead Team White. Cam Atkinson, a sixth round pick in 2008 who scored more goals than any other player in NCAA Division I hockey the past two seasons with Boston College, had a hat trick to lead Team Blue.
Team White jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Mike Reilly (2011 Entry Draft) and Straka before Atkinson cut the lead to 2-1 with his first of the scrimmage with just 38 seconds left in the first half. Team Blue tied the game at 2-2 just 2:47 into the second half when Mike Thomas (Camp Invite) completed a two-on-one break with a snap shot that beat York.
Team White responded with four-straight goals, including Straka’s second of the day at the 10:27 mark. They then scored three times in a span of 38 seconds as Patrick Kennedy (Camp Invite) at 13:05, Jake Hansen (2007 Entry Draft) at 13:33 and Jenner at 13:43 all beat Ouellette to push the Team White lead to 6-2 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
Atkinson then scored a pair of 5-on-3 power play tallies within a span of 34 seconds to cut the Team Blue deficit to 6-4 but his team would get no closer. Team White’s Ryan Johansen (2010 Entry Draft) scored during a two-man advantage and Jenner added his second during a 4-on-3 power play to round out the scoring.