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Parkes nets trick, leads Team Lidstrom

by Rick Bowness / Detroit Red Wings
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – It was Christmas in July for hockey fans in northern Michigan on Sunday, as the Red Wings’ prospects currently attending the team’s summer development camp partook in an exciting intrasquad scrimmage the entertainment value of which belied the 90-plus degree temperatures that could be found outside of Centre ICE Arena.

Red Wings' Prospects Camp 2011

On the strength of a hat trick by 20-year-old forward Trevor Parkes, Team Lidstrom emerged victorious from an exhilarating back-and-forth showdown with their counterparts on Team Zetterberg, earning a 5-3 win in come-from-behind fashion. Dean Chelios and Ryan Sproul also found the back of the net for the victors, while Brian Rufenach, Jesse Fraser, and Brooks Macek all scored for Team Zetterberg.

“It felt really great to do well out there this afternoon,” Parkes said. “My linemates (Gustav Nyquist and Brent Raedeke) are both highly-skilled guys and they did a great job creating space out there and getting me the puck and I was lucky enough to capitalize on the chances they produced. We had some really good chemistry out there for sure and it’s great to get this win and earn some bragging rights over the other guys.”

By virtue of their comeback win, Team Lidstrom was able to select which of the two Monday practice times they preferred. The victorious squad elected to skate earlier in the day (9:30-11:30 a.m.) so as to have the afternoon off. Team Zetterberg will then skate from 12-2 p.m.

Team Zetterberg dominated play in the early going, with starting Team Lidstrom goalie Thomas McCollum being forced to make a pair of highlight reel saves in the opening minutes to keep things all square on the scoreboard. McCollum first denied Mitchell Callahan of an open-net backhand goal by diving across his crease to make a sprawling, acrobatic stop. The Wings’ top pick at the ’08 draft then stoned Louis-Marc Aubry with a lightning-fast glove save to prevent the hulking defenseman from converting on a 3-on-1 rush.

McCollum was unable to prevent Rufenach from getting Team Zetterberg on the scoreboard first however, as the 22-year-old blue-liner beat the netminder high to the glove side on a bullet of a wrist shot shortly after taking a pass on his forehand and racing through the slot area with tremendous rapidity midway through the opening period.

Parkes then tied things up at one-all, banging home a rebound to bring about an abrupt end to a lengthy scramble in Team Zetterberg territory. A crease-hovering Parkes struck again a moment later, burying a low snap shot past goaltender Evan Mosher, a fee agent invitee to the camp, upon accepting a short pass from a behind-the-net-by Raedeke.

The contest was re-tied on an almost identical goal, with Jesse Fraser firing home the second offensive strike of the day for his team on a play set up by a nifty feed from Marek Tvrdon early in the second period.

Team Zetterberg then took a 3-2 lead at the 11:01 mark of the middle frame when Calgary Hitman center Brooks Macek rifled a wrist shot over McCollum’s left shoulder from a razor-sharp angle as he was backing away from a congested net area.

A moment after coming up empty on a breakaway opportunity, Nyquist set up Parkes for his hat trick-clincher, exhibiting tremendous dexterity in negotiating his way through enemy territory and eluding several defenders prior to dishing the pick over to his red-hot linemate. The Montreal Juniors sniper proceeded to blast a one-timer to the back of Team Zetterberg’s net, sending Sunday’s intrasquad battle into intermission number two with the proceedings deadlocked at three apiece in the process.

Regulation’s final frame saw replacement goaltenders Tyson Teichmann (Team Lidstrom) and Petr Mrazek (Team Zetterberg) engaging in a duel of epic proportions as the Ontario Hockey League rivals each thwarted opposing shooters time and time again throughout the duration of an up-tempo period. Team Lidstrom finally managed to pull ahead on a perfectly-executed tac-tac-toe passing play which was cleanly finished off by Michigan State Spartans winger Dean Chelios. Well-earned helpers were awarded to Julian Cayer and Adam Estoclet on the late go-ahead tally. An empty-net marker off the stick of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds rearguard Ryan Sproul sealed the deal for Team Lidstrom, as the red-clad squad named after the reigning Norris Trophy winner ultimately took the decision by a 5-3 final.

Sproul, who classifies himself as an ‘offensive defenseman’ was pleased with both his and his team’s efforts on Sunday.

“I thought we played really well out there today for sure,” said Sproul, Detroit’s third pick (second round, 55th overall) at last month’s draft. “We’ve gotten to know each other pretty well these last few days and I think that showed on the ice. My defensive partner and I (Western Michigan University’s Danny Dekeyser) have been paired together in practice all week and I felt really comfortable skating with him in a game situation. I thought we both had pretty good games. I’m looking forward to building off of this performance and having a good showing the rest of camp.”

Red Wings’ Prospects Camp continues through Thursday at Centre Ice Arena. More information on the facility can be obtained by visiting

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