by Miranda Baker
Everyone was out to make an impression, and training camp was the perfect place to do it.
Flames rookies took to the ice Sunday afternoon for their first intra-squad game of the pre-season.
Rookies turned up the heat through 50 minutes of play, but it was Team Red that came out ahead with a 4-2 win over Team Black.
"I think they did a really good job," said Flames coach Jim Playfair.
"They got after loose pucks, they fore-checked really hard, they tried to back-check hard, so that's what you're looking for."
Forward Carsen Germyn scored the winning goal for Team Red part way through the second giving them their first lead of the game. Brandon Prust had the assist.
Adam Cracknell also scored for Team Red, putting them up 4-2 in the final minutes of play, after a quick wrist shot to put it past netminder Curtis McElhinney.
But it was Team Black that showed a lot of grit in the first half of the game, ending the first 25 minutes of play with a 2-0 lead.
Forward David Van der Gulik opened the scoring for Team Black in the early minutes of the game after an assist from 2006 draftee Hugo Carpentier.
"One of the things we've been talking about all week is after the shot is taken, hunt down loose pucks and go to the net with pucks and he (Van der Gulik) certainly did that and was rewarded for it," commented Playfair.
Goaltender Leland Irving put on a stellar performance for Team Red in the second stopping everything that came his way.
"The guys were doing a good job clearing the net for me, so I could see everything, so that always helps," said Irving.
Forward Dustin Boyd also had a number of nice plays, but struggled to put the puck in the net.
Justin Taylor also scored for Team Black, while Dan Ryder and Andrei Taratukhin posted goals for Team Red.
Rookies are scheduled to play their second intra-squad game Monday at 4:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to come down to the Pengrowth Saddledome to catch all the action.
The Flames play their first pre-season game this Sunday (Sept. 17) against the Florida Panthers; game time is 6:00 p.m.