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Golden Knights enjoy first scrimmage victory

Shutout against Kings raises confidence of players heading into NHL training camp

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

Cody Glass' First VGK Goal

Glass scores his first goal and puts Vegas ahead 2-0

Cody Glass scores his first VGK goal and puts Vegas ahead 2-0

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The first victory for the Vegas Golden Knights -- 4-0 against the Los Angeles Kings -- came in a modest setting, a rookie scrimmage Wednesday afternoon in front of a couple of hundred spectators at Toyota Sports Center.

But it was something to savor for the players and staff, starting with goaltender Dylan Ferguson, who faced 34 shots, and center Cody Glass, who scored once and had two assists.

It came less than 24 hours after they lost 6-2 to the Kings rookies in the Golden Knights' first competition as a franchise. They were able to hit the reset button and made the necessary adjustments.

"We didn't want that result to be hanging over our heads," said Rocky Thompson, who ran the Vegas bench and this season will be coaching the Chicago Wolves, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Golden Knights.

"It doesn't matter what you're playing, even if it's summer hockey. We wanted to come out and represent Vegas Golden Knights the way they should be. Get that first win, for our guys, for themselves and the organization."

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Count down the clock as WE JUST WON OUR FIRST GAME IN TEAM HISTORY!

It was an important step for the players who are considered the future of the organization, like Glass, who was the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, and skilled forward Nick Suzuki, the No. 13 pick. Off-ice testing for the Golden Knights main training camp is Thursday and players take the ice on Friday.

"It's a big confidence booster knowing that we can play and that we can beat teams that have been in the league," said Ferguson, who was picked in the seventh round (No. 194) by the Dallas Stars in the 2017 NHL Draft and then traded to the Golden Knights.

"I think we're all excited for that to get started."

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: This postgame celebration is dedicated to everyone who has ever tweeted us saying we'd never win a game.

Thompson noticed more confidence from Glass right away. Glass set up Tomas Hyka at 1:25 of the first period, on the power play, and then scored at 13:30.

"He had a beautiful setup for Hyka for the one-timer, which looked like an NHL play," Thompson said. "It was an NHL play. This is very good for Cody, exactly, to get confidence as he transitions into main camp, I thought Nick Suzuki played very well tonight, too."

Video: Chicago Wolves coach Rocky Thompson on VGK's 4-0 win

Said Glass: "There's bigger guys out there and older guys, so just adjusting to it. I felt a lot better in the first period and I felt like I was moving my feet and felt more confident with the puck."

Thompson spent much of his playing career in the AHL, and appeared in 25 NHL games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. He thought playing alongside NHL players in camp might better showcase Glass and Suzuki.

"Players like Cody and Nick, when you get into NHL camp, sometimes it's very complementary because their skills sets are high as they get an NHL winger on each side of them," he said. "It actually helps them out and they even look better sometimes.

"The NHL is so high skilled that sometimes it can be easier to play there if you can maintain the pace of the game because of your support system with your linemates."

Thompson looked amused when he was asked if the kids knew what they were in for in training camp.

"I'll say this: You don't know what you don't know," he said. "Then when you know, you're pretty impressed."

Glass can't wait.

"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," he said.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Our first winning game sheet.@HockeyHallFame, do you want this?

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