Flyers prospects have reached the end of their on-ice drills during development camp and now the competition for bragging rights takes center stage - the three on three tournament.
“It’s the fun part of camp. We need to have fun but it’s good to have that intensity and everyone is going 100 percent on the ice,” said forward Danick Martel, who recently completed his first year of pro with the Phantoms.
The tournament begins at 3 p.m. on the Phantoms rink, and play starts out as a round-robin format lasting 12 minutes with a sudden death shootout to determine the winner if the game is tied after regulation. In the playoff round, 15-minute games will decide the winners, and if tied after regulation, the players will go to a two-on-two format.
Now in it’s third year, it may seem like a friendly competition but make no mistake about it, a lot is on the line for these players. Prospects Robert Hagg and Nicolas Aube-Kubel are two-time champions in the tournament and are pretty confident on a three-peat.
“Last year we were playing really bad for the first three games, but because every team makes the playoff we stepped it up and started playing really good,” joked Hagg, who again is teammates with Aube-Kubel.
“It’s a big challenge. I won my first one - that was lucky, but the second one, we deserved that one. We had the best team and my captain did a good job,” added Aube-Kubel, who in addition to Hagg, played with Anthony Stolarz, Radel Fazleev, Taylor Leier, David Drake and camp invitee Luke Philp on last year’s championship team.
Fazleev joins Hagg and Aube-Kubel for a second straight year, but there are more than a few returning prospects in camp that are eager to knock them off the championship podium this year.
“I’ve never won,” said defenseman Mark Friedman, who enters his third Development Camp and tournament. “I know [Aube-Kubel] is 2-for-2, but this year isn’t his year. It’s my year, so I’m going in with the mentality that I want to knock him off his throne. I want to win it.”
The teams are divided as follows: Team Clarke, Barber, Ashbee and Parent. See below for the full rosters:
* Goaltenders are not on a specific team and are rotated into each gameTEAM BARBER
Robert Hagg (Captain)
Carsen TwarynskiTEAM ASHBEE
Tyrell Goulbourne (Captain)
Ondrej ValaTEAM CLARKE
Cole Bardreau (Captain)
Anthony SalinitriTEAM PARENT
Reece Willcox (Captain)