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Hayes pots two in Red-White scrimmage

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
Mattias opened the scoring with a rebound goal.
Ryan Hayes scored twice and Eric Chouinard added a goal and an assist in White’s 5-2 victory over Red on Tuesday. It was the first scrimmage of the weeklong rookie camp, which opened Monday at AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Curtis Gedig and Kory Nagy also scored for the White squad, which struck in the final minute of both periods of play. Mattias Tedenby and J.S. Berube tallied for Red.

“It feels good,” Hayes said. “It’s surprising. I didn’t know how well I was going to do. I’ve been used to scoring goals, but at a higher level it feels good, especially playing with all these guys.”

Hayes, 21, has spent the last two-plus seasons with Plymouth (OHL). The 5-9, 180-lb. right wing potted 16 goals and 19 assists in 50 games with the Whalers last season, adding seven goals, seven assists in nine playoff appearances. He collected a nifty Chouinard pass from the right boards before beating Jeff Frazee to break a 2-2 tie in the second period, then chipped in his second of the game with 11.6 remaining.

Never drafted, the native of Syracuse grew up in the same hockey circles as Devils prospect Nick Palmieri, who was born in Utica, N.Y. In juniors, Hayes has been a teammate of Plymouth goaltender Scott Wedgewood, whom the Devils selected 84th overall at this year's Entry Draft.

“It’s nice to know people here,” said Hayes. “It makes it easier, especially a guy like Palmieri who knows the system and knows what’s going on here.”

Tedenby opened the scoring at 14:28 of the first. Chouinard and Gedig rallied White with two goals in the final 2:23 of the frame, including Gedig’s marker with 50.1 seconds to go.

Tedenby, the Devils’ first-rounder from 2008, spent a good portion of the 40-minute contest on a line centered by fellow Swedish first-rounder Jacob Josefson (2009) and Alexander Vasyunov (2/58, 2006). Tedenby and Josefson could headline a Devils’ youth movement at training camp this September.

Wedgewood and Maxime Clermont, the other goaltender drafted by the Devils last month, were in net for White, along with Anthony Felice. Frazee, Jeff Lerg and Angelo Tsaganeas tended goal for Red. Frazee, who was drafted in 2005, was the last goaltender taken by the Devils before Wedgewood. Tsaganeas, a native of Dumont, N.J., played two seasons at Bergen Catholic.

Former assistant coaches Tommy Albelin and Scott Stevens led White, while current assistants Adam Oates and Larry Robinson were behind the Red bench.

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