TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – He may have been the Red Wings’ version of Mr. Irrelevant in last week’s NHL draft, but Adam Marsh came to play late Saturday afternoon.
“It was exciting to score some goals, whether it’s in a scrimmage or a game,” said Marsh, whose two goals helped lift Team Lindsay to a 6-5 win over Team Howe in the first intra-squad scrimmage of the Red Wings’ annual development camp at Centre Ice Arena.
Marsh, a 6-foot forward from Chicago, scored the first goal of the game, beating goalie Chase Perry just three minutes into the first half. His second goal – a snap shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle – put Team Lindsay up 4-2 at 15:52 of the second half.
“I was just kinda on the wall there. I saw their top guy was kinda high and I didn’t think it was a good idea to pass it back to the point,” Marsh said. “I saw the goalie (Tomas Kral) was a little smaller than the other ones so I just let it go.
“I’m just happy with how I played.”
The two teams – made up of former draft picks, signed free agents, and camp invitees – played two 30-minute halves.
“I think there was a lot of good individual efforts. You saw the skill level come out with certain players,” said new Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson, who is running the five-day camp.
“It was a good first scrimmage,” Nelson added. “There was offensive provided on both sides. All the goalies made key saves at certain times, so it was a good scrimmage.”
Marsh, who was the No. 200 pick – only 11 other players were drafted behind him – wasn’t the only new draftee to register a point in the scrimmage. Center Chase Pearson (fifth-round pick) and defenseman Pat Holway (sixth round) had two assists each for Team Lindsay. Pearson and Holway will be teammates at the University of Maine in 2016-17.
Team Howe’s top line of Tyler Bertuzzi, Dominic Turgeon and Anthony Mantha played better in the second half, picking up a goal and an assist each.
“It’s the first game for everyone pretty much since the end of the season, but I think it felt good for everyone,” Mantha said. “We need to be ready for the next scrimmage on Tuesday.”
From a line combination, Mantha liked the chemistry with Bertuzzi and Turgeon.
“We practiced together yesterday and today,” Mantha said. “We were able to find each other on the ice. I think we all have one goal, so that’s pretty good for our team.”
Mantha’s goal trimmed Team Howe’s deficit to 3-2 early in the second. The goal, set up by Turgeon’s centering pass from behind the net, was particularly pleasing to Mantha who moments earlier missed on an open net.
“Yeah, I missed that open net,” he said, “but at least I got it back.”
3:00 Team Lindsay, Adam Marsh (unassisted)
8:05 Team Howe, Sheldon Dries PPG (Kevin Lidstrom)
13:05 Team Lindsay, Alex Globke PPG (unassisted)
29:20 Team Lindsay, Jerome Verrier (Pat Holway)
9:33 Team Howe, Anthony Mantha PPG (Dominic Turgeon, Tyler Bertuzzi)
15:52 Team Lindsay, Marsh (Joe Hicketts, Holway)
20:03 Team Lindsay, Christoffer Ehn (Chase Pearson)
20:35 Team Howe, Bertuzzi (Mantha)
21:06 Team Howe, Connor McGlynn (James DeHaas)
27:04 Team Howe, Turgeon (Evan Polei, Marc McNulty)
27:54 Team Lindsay, Verrier (Pearson, Chase Perry)