From an outsider’s perspective, The Rogie Cup Scrimmage Tournament sort of went the way of “Whose Line is It Anyway,” with the host arbitrarily assigning points and likewise choosing a winner at the end of each episode.
With a change in format, the scrimmage games today morphed into a special teams exercise with the two teams alternating two four-minute power plays each (16 mins) and then a two-minute power play each (four), resulting in two 20-minute periods, perhaps in an effort to get some special teams work in prior to the two split squad games tomorrow (more on that later).
Regardless, here is the rundown.
Gabe Gauthier scored on the opening four-minute power play for Team Pulford, beating Erik Ersberg, who returned to the ice after missing the first two days of camp with flu-like symptoms (more on that later as well).
So Team Pulford unofficially, officially led 1-0.
Team Wells then was staked to a four-minute power play and was unable to convert, with Pulford’s Linden Rowat making many sensational saves in net. There was also some more of the rough stuff with Paul Crosty and Colten Teubert getting physical right in front of the crease and some words being exchanged on a few occasions, but unlike Friday, no punches were thrown.
Team Pulford had their power play killed off and Team wells pulled the goaltender with 30 seconds left, giving them a 6-on-4 advantage and Andrei Loktionov
converted to bring the score to 1-1 for the end of the first scrimmage.
Team Pulford began the next “20-minute scrimmage” with a goal by Ted Purcell on their four-minute power play, but Michal Handzus continued his strong camp with a goal on a rebound of a shot from the point during a two-minute man advantage for another 1-1 tie between the two teams.
The remaining power plays were killed off. Rich Clune
was disruptive again on the ice playing his agitating game for Team Wells. He has followed up his strong rookie camp with a strong start to training camp.
In the second set of scrimmages Team Nicholls started out on the PK for four minutes with Team Quinn on the power play. Jonathan Quick
, who looks like he got a lot bigger over the summer, started in net for Quinn. He had to handle the puck on a few occasions and looked comfortable. In net for Nicholls was a slimmed down Jason LaBarbera, who did not give up a goal, killing off the first power play.
On the ensuing power play, Marc-Andre Cliche
and Denis Gauthier got tangled up on the boards and Cliche had to be taken off the ice. Murray would give an update on his injury after practice, more on that later.
After a switch of goaltenders to Martin Jones
and Jeff Zatkoff
, Brian Boyle scores the first goal of the scrimmage beating Zatkoff for Team Quinn. There were no other goals scored in that 20-minute segment, resulting in a 1-0 win for Quinn.
In the second set of scrimmages, Kopitar set up Brown with a nifty one-timer to beat Martin just 49 seconds into the second four-minute power play to put Nicholls up 1-0. Nicholls added to the lead when the first and only short hander was scored on the morning, when Kevin Westgarth
scored from around the center red line on an empty net with Quinn on the power play.
Kopitar would add a rebound goal with 22 seconds left of their power play for a commanding 3-0 win. NOTES
The unofficial, official standings have Team Nicholls winning the annual Rogie Cup with a 4-1-1 record in six 20-minute scrimmages. Team Pulford would then be ranked second, (by standings points), posting a 1-1-4 mark in six games. Team Wells was third, despit having more wins than Pulford, with a 2-2-2 mark. Bringing up the rear was Quinn at 1-4-1. FANS
There were again more than a few hundred fans in attendance at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo watching the Kings practice. This was evidenced by the fact that for the third straight day, TSC had to open up the auxiliary parking to accommodate the crowd. Also amongst the crowd at TSC was Rogie Vachon, who chatted with Dean Lombardi throughout the second set of scrimmages as the two watched from the second story overlooking the ice. INJURY UPDATES
Erik Ersberg returned to practice after missing the first two days of camp due to flu-like symptoms.
“I am feeling better now, I had the flu for a couple of days, but it is good to be back now,” Ersberg told Jim Fox in an exclusive Kings Vision interview. “It was kind of tough today, but it will get better.”
While one goaltender returned to the ice, one sat out as Jonathan Bernier
did not participate in practice today.
“He didn’t feel really good, had some stiffness in his leg,” Murray told the media following practice. “Let’s maintain this thing right now. We are hoping in a couple of days he will be at full speed.
“We are being very cautious.”
Murray also updated the media on Cliche, who was taken off the ice after experiencing an injury during the scrimmages on the Olympic Ice. Murray said that he will be evaluated by a doctor tomorrow and that he had suffered an upper body injury. He was originally slated to travel to Kansas City for tomorrow’s scrimmage, but has been scratched and replaced with Vladimir Dravecky. PING PONG
Another new addition in the Kings locker room this season is a ping pong table, you may have noticed the sound of the ball in the background on some of the recent Kings Vision videos. The Kings have a triangle tournament format set up where you cannot challenge someone more that one row ahead of you.
Currently, Derek Armstrong sits atop the triangle.
“I started at the bottom and climbed to the top in a day and a half,” Armstrong said. “It is good for team bonding, get a little competition in here, it makes guys hang out in the locker room a little bit longer. We came up with the idea during the off season.”
Armstrong was tight lipped on how he was able to climb to the top so quickly.
“I used my wiley old veteran tricks. I can’t give them away,” he said. “Honestly though, the smack talking is better than the ping pong.” ROSTERS FOR PRESEASON GAMES
The team also posted the rosters for the two games tomorrow.