|Brian Day battling in front of Jase Weslosky |
A last-minute trade turned out to be a crucial pick-up, as head trainer Scott Boggs coached Team Bossy to victory by the score of 4-3 in overtime at the Prospects Camp's first scrimmage. Just before the start of the Saturday afternoon matchup, 2006 sixth-round draft pick Brian Day was sent from Team Trottier to Team Bossy. The move made all the difference as Day scored the game-winner in the sudden-death overtime to secure the victory for his newly adopted team.
"I had no idea it was going to happen," said Day. "They sent me to the other team for a pile of sticks. That made me motivated to exact revenge."
Day did just that in the extra session, converting a pass from James Marcou, who was behind the net. The play developed with Day dumping the puck ahead to Marcou, who tipped it by goaltender Stefan Ridderwall. Marcou corralled the puck and threw it in front to Day, who had a wide open net to shoot at.
"Marcou made a heads up play," said Day. "It was a team effort today. We chipped away at their lead and played a solid game."
The score ended 4-3, with five of those goals scored during regular play. Frans Nielsen
of Team Trottier and Jeff Tambellini for Team Bossy traded goals in the penalty shot session, which was played in lieu of power play chances. Each penalty called in the game resulted in a penalty shot for the opposing team at the conclusion of regulation.
"It was nice to see the skill of the players shine through," said Steve Webb. "Young guys like defenseman Simon Lacroix were making heads-up plays and Mark Katic
was showing his speed. I liked that Drew Fata was showing his leadership skills out there and setting an example."
The stars of the regulation period were the netminders, who allowed only four goals through 45 minutes of play. The 2007 fourth-round selection, Jase Weslosky, was arguably the strongest in net, allowing no goals in just over 22 minutes of playing time. Fellow Team Trottier goaltender Stefan Ridderwall, as well as Team Bossy goalies Mike Mole and camp invite John Murray also had strong games.
Team Trottier jumped out to a two-goal lead behind goals from Frans Nielsen
in the first period and Clarkson standout Shea Guthrie in the second period.
"It was a good up-tempo game after a week of practicing and learning," said scout Toby O'Brien. "The goal by Nielsen was a result of Okposo driving to the net and creating a lane. Weslosky at the other end made some nice saves. Considering the range in talent from NHLers like Tambellini to camp invites, it wasn't too sloppy."
Later in the second period, Team Bossy began their comeback. Swedish forward Kim Johansson backhanded the puck home after a scramble in front, to cut the lead to 2-1. Team Bossy got the equalizer early in the third when Tambellini's centering pass deflected off Katic past Ridderwall, setting up an exciting finish to the game.
In the shootout, Murray stopped three of four shooters, while Ridderwall stopped four of five to send the game into the sudden-death, four-on-four overtime.
The five-minute extra session saw Team Trottier coach and Islanders assistant equipment manager Richard "Shakey" Krouse go for broke by sending out three forwards and only one defenseman. The gamble didn't pay off, with Day converting on a turnover.
"Shakey is a rookie coach, who made a rookie mistake," joked Team Trottier forward Kyle Okposo
. "Although, if I were in his situation, I probably would have done the same thing."Stars of the Game:1. Brian Day:
Paid back Team Trottier for their trade 2. James Marcou:
Worked hard for the game-winning assist.3. Jase Weslosky:
Shutout Team Bossy the first half of the game
for the Saturday Scrimmage at Prospects Camp
The following is the schedule for the next two days of camp, which consists of scrimmages between Group Trottier and Group Bossy:Sunday, July 1
– Scrimmage Game from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMMonday, July 2
– Scrimmage Game from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM