Saturday’s set of scrimmages had a stronger intensity than the opening set on Friday.
From the opening face off between Justin Azevedo, Los Angeles' 6th round choice, 153rd overall, in 2008, and Robbie Czarnik, Los Angeles' 3rd round choice, 63rd overall, in 2008, Team O’Connell was looking for its first win after suffering 2-0 and 3-1 losses on Day One on Development Camp. Czarnik won that opening face off and just 1:20 in, Team O’Connell had their first scoring opportunity as Linden Vey, Los Angeles' 4th round choice, 96th overall, in 2009, split two Team Emerson defenders and got an open shot on net that Martin Jones was able to stop.
At 5:09, however, Team Emerson took the first lead of the game with Bud Holloway, Los Angeles' 3rd round choice, 86th overall, in 2006, beating Jean-Francois Berube, Los Angeles' 4th round choice, 95th overall, in 2009, to the glove side. Azevedo earned the assist on the play. The No. 13 overall pick in 2008, Colten Teubert, welcomed the No. 5 overall pick in 2009, Brayden Schenn to camp with an amazing hit in front of the benches, leveling Schenn in the process.
Jones kept Team O’Connell off the board, recording 12 saves, many through screens as Jones’ solid play continued. With less than a minute remaining, Brandon Kozun, Los Angeles' 6th round choice, 179th overall, in 2009, scored on an odd angle shot for a rebound past Berube after he had stopped David Kolomatis’ wrist shot, for a 2-0 lead. Kozun scored for the second consecutive day.
Berube took the "loss," stopping 8-of-10 shots.
Game Two was much more physical with five penalties being called after a penalty-free first 25 minutes.
Team O’Connell took a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds in with Czarnik converting on a penalty shot after a slash had been called. Czarnik skated down the middle with speed and went to his backhand to beat Jeff Zatkoff stick side to put Team O'Connell on the board. Geoff Walker, who led the Ontario Reign in scoring with 21-27=48, converted a rebound of defenseman Patrick Mullen’s shot for a 2-0 lead.
Jonathan Bernier then stopped Thomas Hickey and Brandon Kozun after tripping penalties were called. Bernier then attempted to clear the puck only to have it go over the glass for a delay of game penalty but the goaltending prospect made up for the mistake stopping Kozun again on the penalty shot.
Garret Roe, Los Angeles' 7th round choice, 183rd overall, in 2008, had the highlight of the day, scoring am amazing goal while being hammered by a defenseman and scoring in mid-air before crashing to the ice. Linden Vey and Czarnik earned assists on the play for a 3-0 lead for Team O’Connell.
With the game pretty much out of reach, one last penalty was called and Czarnik was unable to convert for a 3-0 final.
With Team Emerson winning the first game, 2-0 and Team O’Connell winning the second game, 3-0, it was decided that a shootout was needed to be employed to decide the day's outcome with the teams tied at one win a piece on Saturday.
The shootout would last seven rounds with Bernier stopping 5-of-7 and Zatkoff stopping 6-of-7 with goals scored by Vey, Kozun and a free agent as Team O’Connell prevailed, 2-1 in the shootout.
So to sum it all up, Team Emerson on Friday won two games, and by games we mean two 25-minute, running periods, and Team O’Connell was declared the winner from Saturday’s session after splitting the two games and prevailing in the tie-breaking shootout, setting up Sunday’s last set of scrimmages for bragging rights.
Sunday’s scrimmages start at 11:30 a.m. at Toyota Sports Center and are free and open to the public.