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Patera's Shutout Helps Team Gray Win Second Scrimmage

Team Gray defeated Team White, 3-0

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The second scrimmage of Development Camp presented by Martin-Harris Construction saw Team Gray come away with a 3-0 win against Team White.

Goalie Jiri Patera posted a shutout for Team Gray while Lucas Elvenes scored two goals. Mitchell Chaffee also found the back of the net in the win. Patera said his teammates made his job easier by eliminating traffic in front of the net.

"There were a lot of screens in the first game, but I was able to see a lot of pucks today," Patera said. "It's always easier for a goalie when he sees the puck."

Patera, a third-year camp attendee, said he wants to show his growth in the crease to Vegas' management to sign a contract with the team.

"I'm trying to do my best to impress all of these guys," said Patera. "I want to impress as many people as I can to hopefully one day sign an NHL contract."

Video: Dev Camp: Scrimmage - Patera

Golden Knights Assistant Coach Ryan Craig stood behind the bench for the scrimmage and watched the prospects put to use the coaching that he and his colleagues have given them all week.

"For a coach, you always see new things," Craig said. "It's a big group and there are lots of guys to watch, but we've had a chance to interact with everybody."

Team White defenseman Dylan Coghlan said familiarity with one another makes each player a little bit more predictable, but extended time together on the ice leads players to make connections during the game situation.

"You get to know everybody throughout the week," Coghlan said. "The chemistry isn't quite there, but it gets better as the week goes on."

The players got to see how other prospects play Thursday afternoon during the first scrimmage and, with a little bit more awareness of other people's skills, they turned up the physicality by a couple of clicks on Friday.

"I thought the game ramped up a little bit," Craig said. "These guys have been on the ice since Tuesday, sometimes twice a day. They've had some long days; they've gotten a lot of information, but I think it's been good for everyone."

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