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TRAING CAMP OPENS WITH PHYSICAL PLAY

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
By: Chad Lynch

On Friday, the Phoenix Coyotes officially opened their 2006-07 training camp at Glendale Arena.

The players were divided into three teams, with each undergoing an on-ice practice followed by an off-ice workout.

2006-07 Phoenix Coyotes Training Camp Team Rosters

Team A
Goaltenders
#1 Mike Morrison
#42 Josh Tordjman

Defensemen
#2 Keith Ballard - #4 Zbynek Michalek
#5 Matt Jones - #6 Matthew Spiller
#46 Jorden Bendfeld

Forwards
#17 Ladislav Nagy - #28 Steven Reinprecht - #21 Bill Thomas
#91 Oleg Saprykin - #39 Martin Hanzal - #24 Josh Gratton
#32 Pascal Rheaume - #49 Olivier Latendresse - #29 Yanick Lehoux
#86 Kyle Wilson

Team B
Goaltenders
#30 David LeNeveu
#35 Philippe Sauve

Defensemen
#44 Nick Boynton - #55 Ed Jovanovski
#16 Bryan Helmer - #53 Derek Morris
#82 Nick Martens

Forwards
#89 Mike Comrie - #97 Jeremy Roenick - #19 Shane Doan
#12 Patrick Fischer - #26 Joel Perrault - #11 Owen Nolan
#18 Tyson Nash - #13 Jakub Koreis - #45 Randall Gelech
#79 Ryan Garlock

Team C
Goaltenders
#31 Curtis Joseph
#35 Pier-Olivier Pelletier

Defensemen
#22 Dennis Seidenberg - #76 Travis Roche
#3 Keith Yandle - #8 Joe Callahan
#36 Logan Stephenson

Forwards
#15 Mike Zigomanis - #38 Dave Scatchard - #20 Fredrik Sjostrom
#37 Georges Laraque - #88 Peter Mueller - #90 Enver Lisin
#14 Jeff Taffe - #34 Daniel Winnik - #23 Don MacLean
#94 Martin Latal

TEAM B DEFEATS TEAM A 4-3 IN SHOOTOUT
The first scrimmage of this year's training camp featured an entertaining contest between Team A and Team B.

Team B took the early 1-0 lead when Captain Shane Doan's pass put forward Mike Comrie on a breakaway, where he fired a shot past goaltender Mike Morrison for the first tally of the contest.

Team A would go on to score three unanswered goals to build a 3-1 lead at halftime. The first goal came off a turnover in the neutral zone that allowed Yanick Lehoux to carry the puck into the offensive zone and blast a slap shot past David LeNeveu to tie the game at 1-1.

Rookie Kyle Wilson gave Team A their first lead of the day when he circled around form the corner of the offensive zone and into the slot where he fired a wrist shot to make it a 2-1 game.

Olivier Latendresse would score the final goal of the day for Team A when he was granted a penalty shot in place of a power play. Latendresse snapped a shot past LeNeveu to give Team A a two goal lead.

In the second half of the scrimmage, both teams changed goaltenders with Philippe Sauve replacing LeNeveu and Josh Tordjman taking the place of Morrison.

Bryan Helmer brought Team B back to within a goal mid-way through the half when he beat Tordjman top shelf on a breakaway.

Joel Perrault tied the game at 3-3 when he wrested blasted a perfect shot over the glove of Tordjman late in regulation.

Following regulation, the teams moved directly into a shootout.

Team B's three shooters (Mike Comrie, Patrick Fischer and Owen Nolan) would only manage one goal (Comrie). However, it would turnout to be enough for the win as Sauve blanked Olivier Latendresse, Yanick Lehoux and Ladislav Nagy.

LETS GET PHYSICAL
Friday's scrimmage saw both teams shake off the summer rust with a hard-fought, physical contest. Blueliners Nick Boynton, Derek Morris and Zbynek Michalek led the charge with a series of hits along the boards as well as in the open ice.

"It was pretty intense out there," said Zbynek Michalek. "Hopefully we can keep it going throughout camp."

DEBUT AT HOME
Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky announced on Friday that Goaltender Curtis Joseph and Left Wing Ladislav Nagy would not travel to Winnipeg or Edmonton in the first two pre-season contests. Both are scheduled to play in the first pre-season home game on September 20 vs. the Dallas Stars.

SPLITTING TIME
In an effort to get an early look at the goaltenders in camp this year, Gretzky announced that netminders David LeNeveu and Philippe Sauve will split Sunday's pre-season game in Edmonton while Mike Morrison and Josh Tordjman with share the duties in Edmonton on September 19th.

JOVANOVSKI ESCAPES INJURY
The Coyotes received a brief scare during Friday's scrimmage when a hard, cross-ice pass from Shane Doan was deflected, causing the puck to strike Defenseman Ed Jovanovski in the face. Jovanovski quickly left the ice under his own power before returning to the bench minutes later. Luckily, the puck hit Jovanovski's helmet first, leaving the blueliner with only a minor cut above his eye.

NEXT SCRIMMAGE
The next scrimmage will take place on Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. when Team B returns to the ice to face Team C. All practice sessions on Saturday will take place at Glendale Arena and are open to the public.

 

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