The final day of Kings Development camp followed the same schedule of the two previous days, with half of the youngsters taking part in practice, this time starting at 10:15 a.m., a spirited scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. and then the second set of prospects going through the same set of drills as the first group at 12:30 p.m..
There was another good crowd of Kings supporters on hand for the scrimmage at Toyota Sports Center, which saw both games end in ties.
As for the first game, which was reduced to a 20-minute, running period as opposed to the 25-minute running periods of the previous days' workouts, Team Emerson and Team O'Connell skated to a 1-1 draw. The finale of the two games also finished in a tie, 0-0, with a six-round shootout to follow.
In game one, 5:20 in, Team O'Connell was whistled for a tripping penalty and one of the free agent invitees were unable to get past Jonathan Bernier on the ensuing penalty shot as the game remained scoreless.
At 11:42, Justin Azevedo, who has had a tremendous camp, fired a shot on net from the point with Manhattan Beach native Tyler Maxwell scoring for a 1-0 lead.
That score stood up for much of the game, even with Team O'Connell buzzing as Ontario Reign leading scorer Geoff Walker threaded a precise centering pass to a streaking Garret Roe, only to have Jeff Zatkoff rise up to the occasion and make the stop.
With under a minute to go, Robbie Czarnik tied the game off a perfect feed from Linden Vey and the opening scrimmage ended in a 1-1 tie.
In the scoreless second game, Azevedo had the best chance on a play created by line mate Bud Holloway. Azevedo put a shot on net that Jean-Francois Berube initially stopped, but Azevedo kept with the play and secured his own rebound and then skated around Berube and let the puck slide toward the net. The puck towed along the goal line, but did not cross, and left the goal crease safe from harm.
As the final seconds ticked down, it was announced that a shootout would be used to decide the final outcome, ending in a 3-1 win for Team O'Connell. Martin Jones stopped 3-of-6 in the shootout while Berube stopped 4-of-5. Goals were scored by Dwight King, Nicolas Deslauries and Jordan Nolan, while Maxwell scored for Team Emerson.
That will conclude the 2009 Kings Development Camp.
|Sunday's Interviews |
|DEV CAMP 09: NELSON EMERSON (02:49 Mins) |
|DEV CAMP 09: HOLLOWAY (02:33 Mins) |
|DEV CAMP 09: MARTINEZ (02:34 Mins) |
|DEV CAMP 09: MULLEN (02:49 Mins) |
|DEV CAMP 09: ZATKOFF (01:30 Mins) |