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White Wins 6-1 in First Training Camp Scrimmage

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Offseason signee Andrew Cogliano gave the White team an early second-half lead on the way to a 6-1 victory.

By Matt Vevoda

Following two days of practice drills and teaching from the coaching staff, the Ducks took part in their first intrasquad scrimmage of training camp on Monday morning at Honda Center.

Led by two goals from Andrew Gordon, an offseason free agent signee from Washington, the White team came away with a 6-1 victory over the Black at Honda Center.

"The white team showed they had more energy," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said. "The black team practiced before and then had to scrimmage. That was the difference in the game. Some people showed they have offensive instincts and skill sets. They did some of the things we asked them to do in teaching them the systems. I think it was very productive."

It was the Black squad who jumped out first on the scoreboard. Rickard Rakell, Anaheim's 2011 first round draft pick, fed J.F. Jacques for an early tally. But from that point on, the White took control of the contest and put up six unanswered goals the rest of the way.

The first of those came from another first round draft choice, 2010 selection Peter Holland. The young center blasted a shot from the left circle to tie the game at 1-1. Before the first half came to a close, the Black side had a great chance to regain the lead when Dan Sexton got out on a breakaway. Goaltender John Gibson, a 2011 secound round draft pick, stood tall however and denied the ensuing shot.

Anaheim's most prominent summer pickup, Andrew Cogliano, put the White team in front at the beginning of the second half. The speedy forward, who mostly played on a line with Saku Koivu and Kyle Palmieri during the scrimmage, worked his way into the slot and wristed a shot into the back of the net.

Gordon then tallied his first of two goals on the morning, connecting after a pinpoint pass from Ducks enforcer George Parros. After an intitial penalty shot from Joseph Cramarossa was stopped by Igor Bobkov, Gordon took his turn. The winger made a quick move on goaltender Dan Ellis and roofed a backhander into the back of the net. (Penalty shots, rather than power plays, are taken after penalties in scrimmages.)

"I got lucky to be on the fortunate end of some bounces there," Gordon said. "You want to show the coaching staff that you're able to execute the systems that you learned and apply what you did in practice the last couple of days. At the end of the day, it's a tuneup for a lot of guys to get ready for the exhbiition games."

Nick Bonino and Emerson Etem further added to the White team's lead with a goal apiece to before the final horn sounded in the arena. Next up for some of these Ducks will be the first preseason game, tomorrow night at Honda Center beginning at 7:05 p.m.

"For us as coaches, it gives us a little bit different of a light on some players when you put them in a scrimmage situation," Carlyle said. "You can't really truly evaluate players, all of their abilites and senses, if you only practice. They have to have some form of game-like situation. Again, tomorrow night gives us another opportunity with an exhibition game to put some young players in with a mix of some older players. It's going to be a different level than the scrimmage was. That is always part of the test for young players."

Forward Bobby Ryan was held out of the scrimmage today to rest his strained groin but will skate tomorrow, according to Carlyle.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster missed the third straight day of camp and will is undergoing a procedure today to remove a piece wire from his thigh. The wire was placed in his leg during a surgery that took place to repair a left leg fracture in March of 2008. The wire was causing inflammation/irritation, and will be removed. Foster will miss 2-4 weeks.

Defenseman Mathieu Carle, who took a scary spill into the wall yesterday, was held off the ice today when he reported he was not feeling good after riding the bike this morning.

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