By Kyle Shohara
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Ducks fans longing for hockey got a glimpse into the future this afternoon as the club held its annual prospect development scrimmage at a packed THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE on the Fourth of July. The organization’s top prospects didn’t disappoint, as the two teams combined for seven goals (Team Black won, 6-1) including a highlight-reel tally from Anaheim’s 2012 fourth-round pick Kevin Roy.
The scrimmage was split into two 25-minute halves and featured six of the seven selections from this past NHL Draft, including Jacob Larsson (first round, 27th overall), Julius Nattinen (second round, 59th overall), Deven Sideroff (third round, 84th overall), Troy Terry (fifth round, 148th overall), Steven Ruggiero (sixth round, 178th overall) and Garrett Metcalf (sixth round, 179th overall).
Former first-round selections Nick Ritchie (10th overall, 2014), Shea Theodore (26th overall, 2013) and Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011) skated, along with Marcus Pettersson (38th overall, 2014), Brandon Montour (55th overall, 2014) and Nicolas Kerdiles (36th overall, 2012).
Terry, the Denver, Colorado native who will attend the University of Denver this coming fall, finished the scrimmage with two goals and an assist while centering a line with former first-rounders Noesen and Ritchie. Terry’s first goal opened the scoring midway through the first half.
The 17-year-old credited his more experienced wingers for getting him on the board.
“I got lucky enough to be put with some really good linemates who gave me the puck a lot,” said Terry. “It was an unbelievable experience. We had a big fanbase. It’s my first camp, and this is a first-class organization. It was good to see what it was like.”
Nick Sorensen evened up the scoring for Team White shortly after, but the Ritchie-Terry-Noesen trio continued its dominance when Terry found Noesen crashing the net. The Texan buried it to give Team Black a 2-1 lead.
“From where I was, I didn’t think I really had much of a chance of scoring from my position,” said Terry. “But I saw Noesen going hard to the net, so I tried to get to his area. He made a spectacular play to put it in.”
Team Black never looked back, as college invite Patrick Russel (St. Could State) and Terry scored consecutive goals to make it 4-1. With the netminder pulled, Noesen fired it from the far blueline to give Team Black a 5-1 lead. The goal was his second of the scrimmage and third point overall.
Team Black found the net once more with 20 seconds remaining on a goal that got the crowd on its feet. As Roy entered the zone, he received a pass in the high slot and had just enough time to tuck his stick between his legs to get off the shot, which went far side over the glove of college tryout Jake Hildebrand (Michigan State). [Video courtesy of @Mikeyslopez].
The final scrimmage will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE. Fans are invited to attend the open scrimmage session with a $5 suggested donation benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation.