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Monday's In-Scrimmage Commentary

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild
Welcome to in-scrimmage commentary at the final day of Wild Prospects Camp. As tradition dictates, the weeklong camp concludes with a scrimmage and we’ll do our best to shed some light on all the action.


1st half

30:00 -- We’re going with two 30-minute halves today, and running time, which means I’ll have to write fast.

The teams are as follows: Team Green is made up of defensemen Shawn Belle, John Scott, Kyle Medvec and Jeff May and forwards Roman Voloshenko, Danny Irmen, Ryan Jones, Ryan Graham, Cody Almond, James Sheppard, Carson McMillan and Cal Clutterbuck.

Team White is comprised of defensemen Clayton Stoner, Maxim Noreau, Paul Albers and Justin Falk and forwards Morten Madsen, Colton Gillies, Ryan Hamilton, Petr Kalus, Chris Hickey, Riley Emmerson, Peter Olvecky, Brennan Vargas and Benoit Pouliot.

Niko Hovinen, Anton Khudobin and Miroslav Kopriva will rotate between teams.

29:04 – This is not Scott’s first rodeo. The 6-foot-7 behemoth unloads a shot from the point that beats Khudobin for a 1-0 lead for Team Green.

27:01 –Madsen gets Team White on the board with a nifty top shelf shot from in tight on Kopriva.

26:49 – Some bad blood appears to be boiling in front of the White net. Stoner flattens Graham as he tries to set up in front. Graham gets up and lets Stoner hear his complaints, and Stoner responds with another shot to the back. As the puck travels up the boards, Graham gathers himself and tries to level Stoner against the boards. The two continue to chirp as they head to their respective benches.

24:19 – A pretty play here as a couple of Houston teammates get together. Voloshenko controls behind the net and then feeds a pinching Shawn Belle, who buries his quick snap shot for a 2-1 Green lead.

22:34 – Cretin Derham Hall alums can feel better today after a three strikeout performance yesterday by Joe Mauer in Cleveland. Hickey bangs away in the crease and slips it over the line past Kopriva.

20:34 – Carson McMillan glides up the right side and puts a harmless-looking wrister off Khudobin’s glove and in. It’s back to 3-2 in favor of Team Green.

18:12 – After one week of drills and light scrimmages, these guys are ready to start hitting people. Colton Gillies nearly deposits Roman Voloshenko into the players bench. Gillies turns around and gets clocked by Danny Irmen, who is known to be a bit feisty at times. This is all happening right in front of Kevin Constantine, who likely is loving every second of it.

16:45 – With Stoner on the bench, Graham has room to maneuver in front of the net this time. He tries to bang home a rebound but Khudobin sprawls to make a pad save, which I’ll venture to say will be the best save we’ll see today.

13:56 – Pouliot robbed on a breakaway on a pretty glove save by Niko Hovinen, or as we call him, “Boogey in leg pads.” I had just been told that Pouliot wasn’t playing today because of an undisclosed injury. Apparently, he’s better.

13:22 – You can’t teach 6-foot-8, and Emmerson uses every bit of his reach to get to a loose puck and tuck it past Hovinen.

10:12 – Kopriva replaces Khudobin on the White team.

9:43 – Kopriva badly misplays a loose puck in front of him. He tries to lay out and pull the puck in with his stick, but Jones tips it away from him and into the net for a 4-3 Green lead.

1:12 – Team Green looks to pad the lead to two goals, but a near-goal is waved off because of the net being knocked off.

0:00 – I could be starved for hockey, but I have to say that was an enjoyable 30 minutes of hockey. Plenty of scoring and lots of hits. The goaltending will need to step up in the second half. Right now, it’s break time.

2nd Half

30:00 – Mike Ramsey announces that penalties will no longer be served by a player for two minutes. All penalties will now result in a penalty shot for the other team.

29:00 – Pouliot is now in street clothes, so apparently he is injured. He’s likely suffering from some type of upper/lower body ailment.

25:01 – Vargas leads a two-on-one for Team White. He takes it himself and tries to put one in on the far side but Khudobin stretches his pad out there to deny him.

24:49 – Hickey takes the first penalty shot and he smoothly deposits a backhand to tie the score for Team White.

20:20 – Kalus makes a beautiful outlet saucer to Vargas for another partial break. He puts this one just inches wide on the far side.

16:37 – Team Green takes the lead on a broken play in which a pass deflected off a skate in front and past Niko Hovinen. I wish I could tell you who gets credit for the goal, but even Director of Hockey Operations and whiz kid Chris Snow can’t tell me who should get it.

15:58 – Hickey has had a big day to this point, but he probably won’t remember his goals as much as he’ll remember this monster hit he just received from Cal Clutterbuck, owner of the best hockey name in the Wild organization.

14:19 – Clayton Stoner gets in on the action, bearing down on a pass from the corner and crushing a low shot to the opposite corner past Khudobin.

9:24 – I don’t think he’ll be playing for the Wild this season, but my dark horse to be a stud NHLer one day is Morten Madsen. This guy has the size and the scoring touch is on display today. He gets the puck in the right circle and simply overpowers Kopriva with a wrist shot.

6:45 – Like a hot knife through butter, James Sheppard cuts through the White defense and makes his game-tying goal look rather easy. I can see Tommy Thompson pumping his fist in the stands behind me.

1:32 – Near the end of the shift, Madsen has a two-on-one with Kalus. Instead of passing, he goes for the trick, but he’s denied by Kopriva.

1:11 – Kalus gets the puck back and fires a shot off the post. Stoner is in deep and he’s there to tip it in and seal the deal for Team White.

0:00 – The buzzer sounds, and that’s going to do it for the 2007 Prospects Camp. Team White takes it and watches as Team Green skates five hard laps. That’s okay because everybody is a winner today. In fact, they’ll all get free T-shirts and shorts to remember their time here. You can’t put a price on that.
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