The Tampa Bay Lightning’s annual 3-on-3 tournament kicked-off on Saturday, July 5 with five different teams battling for camp bragging rights. Read below to see what you missed after Day 1:
1. How the tournament works
The two-day tournament has four goaltenders and five different teams consisting of four players each. The ice is divided in half and two teams play on one side, while two teams play on the other. Each side has only one goalie that both teams shoot against. The games are 14 minutes long and are divided into two, seven-minute halves. If penalties occur, the team that would go on a power play instead is rewarded a penalty shot at the end of the game. Two points are awarded for wins, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss. Seven games were played on Day 1.
2. Team Filppula stole the show going 3-0-0
Team Filppula’s roster included 2014 first-round draft pick Anthony DeAngelo, along with fellow 2014 draftee Brayden Point, newly acquired Jeff Costello and 2010 draft pick Brendan O’Donnell. The four combined for 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) with Costello, DeAngelo and O’Donnell each recording seven points apiece. Team Filppula defeated Team Stamkos 4-1, Team Hedman 3-2 and Team Brewer 7-4.
3. Clay Witt posted a shutout in front of the hometown crowd
A native of Brandon, Florida, netminding invitee Clay Witt nursed a 0-0 shutout in his first of two appearances Saturday. Witt was able to hold off the Lightning’s top prospect, Johnathan Drouin, who led the QMJHL for playoff scoring this past season. “There’s a lot of guys with a lot of skill,” Witt said. In two games Witt recorded an .822 save percentage to go along with 45 shot attempts.
4. Andrei Vasilevksiy leads the way among netminders after first day.
Netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy’s stats in the first day of the 3-on-3 tournament are not far off from the numbers he put up last season with Salavat Ufa of the KHL. Vasilevskiy has allowed just two goals on 30 shots and has a .933 save percentage. However, the 19-year-old first-round draft pick in 2012 only appeared in one game Saturday.
5. Chemistry starting to form on teams
The offense started off slow at first, as each team got acclimated with each other and the rules, but clear chemistry started to form between teams as the tournament progressed. Brian Hart and Artem Sergeev connected for four goals in the third game of the tournament and Tanner Richard and Ben Thomas also setup four goals in their third game.