The 2010 Tampa Bay Lightning Development Camp culminated Wednesday evening with an intra-squad scrimmage in front of approximately 3,000 fans inside the lower bowl at the St. Pete Times Forum. Much like throughout the week at camp, the prospects were split up into two teams, with Team Black earning a 5-0 victory over Team White.
Both teams attacked the other’s end to open the contest, however Team White controlled puck possession in its zone for the majority of the first half, while recording numerous shots on net.
Carter Ashton appeared to have given the White squad its first real scoring chance, but Team Black goaltender Dustin Tokarski made a spectacular save despite Ashton deking a defender and skating through the slot. The Lightning forward faked a shot on his backhand only to pull up short and switch to the forehand before firing the puck into Tokarski’s pad.
Despite being peppered by numerous shots, Tokarski maintained a solid presence in net by making a series of crucial saves including two each on James Wright and Tim Marks, while also turning back a breakaway chance by Alex Killorn.
At the other end, meanwhile, Brandon Hynes lit the scoreboard to give Team Black a 1-0 lead after sending a slap shot off the post and into the net after corralling a loose puck at the right circle.
Team Black kept the high-tempo going after the intermission, as Hynes doubled the lead at 3:15 by wristing one over the stick-side shoulder of Team White net minder Jaroslav Janus.
Following a goaltender swap in which Zane Kalemba replaced Tokarski and Michael Zador exchanged duties with Janus, Team Black forward Mitch Fadden sent a pass through the slot that landed right on the tape of Dana Tyrell before he wristed a shot into the top corner of the net to make it 3-0.
Hynes completed the hat trick, scoring the game’s final goal at 18:16 in the last period to cap the scoring and seal the victory. The goal came just 44 seconds after Ty Wishart gave Team Black a four-goal advantage at the 17-minute mark.
Shortly after the final horn sounded, both squads returned to the ice to compete in a best-of-five shootout competition, in which Team Black pulled out its second victory of the evening by a score of 3-1.
After Alex Killorn and James Wright of Team White and Mitch Fadden and Dustin Sylvester of Team Black were denied goals, James Mullin finally put one on the board to give Team Black a 1-0 lead after Carter Ashton, Team White’s third skater, failed to convert the opportunity. Team Black’s two remaining skaters, Brandon Hynes and 2010 sixth overall pick Brett Connolly, both scored to decide the contest despite a late goal by Team White center Brendan O’Donnell.