Flyers Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher said earlier in the week that this is the most talented group of prospects he has seen in his career at a Development Camp. That group lived up to the reputation right up until the last shootout goal during the scrimmage to end camp.
Bobby Brink snapped a 2-2 tie with just over seven minutes to play to give Team Orange a 3-2 win over Team White as the teams faced off in a two-period game with 30-minute running clocks in each period until the final three minutes, when the clock operated as normal.
Beyond the final score, here are the other observations from the event, which saw a rather large crowd packed into the rink on a Saturday night.
* The line of Frost centering Isaac Ratcliffe and Bobby Brink took over the game, especially late coming up with the game-tying goal and game-winner, both assists by Frost... Frost also came up with easily the best goal of the shootout round. (MUST SEE VIDEO BELOW)
* The Cates brothers were featured on the same line, just like they often were at UMD winning an NCAA title together... The two connected with a pretty give-and-go tally with Noah feeding Jackson at the doorstep.
* Camp invitee Ben Myers showed some speed a few points along the way. He carried the puck along the boards guarded the puck well then cut back in on Roddy Ross in net for the first real scoring chance for Team Orange in the beginning... He did it again late in the first period, but this time he circled around the net to keep the play alive to Mason Millman, who found Matthew Strome parked in front of the net for a deflection tally.
* Adam Ginning (6'4", 205-lb) can and will take the body... He nullified a good chance from Wade Allison, who picked off a puck and attempted to split the D early on... Later in the first half he also separated Joel Farabee at the blue line to kill a rush.
* Wyatt Kalynuk, the Flyers 7th round pick in 2017 and stand out defenseman at Wisconsin, showed off his exceptional skating and footwork. He often led Team Orange's breakouts and showed patience to find the open man.
* The other Wyatt.. Wyatte Wylie had a knack for getting shots through from the point - he showed patience on a few plays at the blueline to make sure it got on net or players in front for a screen/tip.
* For Team White, German Rubtsov showcased his ability to make a play out of seemingly nothing... He took a few tough passes and brought it up to his stick to keep alive one in particular he snuck between his legs then made a cut on a defender to get a quick shot off before stick-check could interfere... He also had a nifty pass to lineman Joel Farabee behind net for a scoring chance.
* Speaking of Farabee - he showed good instincts and to pick off a few passes in the neutral zone or disrupt a breakout from Team Orange.
* In the shootout with each team going simultaneously, Jackson Cates and Bryce Brodzinski each tallied seconds apart, then Matthew Strome and Carson Twarynski followed that up with a pair of simultaneous goals for their respective team.
* David Kase, coming in all alone, stopped short, then went upstairs for a pretty goal... that is until Frost took it to another level a minute later.
White - Will Mackinnon (unassisted), 16:26
Orange - Matthew Strome (Mason Millman), 2:24
White - Jackson Cates (Noah Cates), 16:26
Orange - Isaac Ratcliffe (unassisted), 13:25
Orange - Bobby Brink (Connor Bunnaman, Morgan Frost), 7:35