It was a day of redemption for Niklas Backstrom
and Tyler Hirsch on Saturday. And it was a day of continued success for Dominic Moore and Danny Irmen. For the members of Team Preparation, it was just a day to forget.
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Backstrom rebounded from a slightly shaky performance (albeit a win) on Day One with a shutout, and Hirsch turned in a strong performance after a sluggish first day. Backstrom and Hirsch helped Team Honesty to its second win of Training Camp, steamrolling Team Preparation, 6-0.
Team Honesty continued to be led by the line centered by Dominic Moore, with help from Danny Irmen, Morten Madsen and Hirsch. Those linemates turned in their second consecutive strong performance.
"They make it pretty easy," said Irmen of his playing partners. "You just get open and they'll find you to get the shot off."
Irmen was one of six different players to score, including Kurtis Foster
, Derek Boogaard, Branko Radivojevic, Mark Parrish and Mikko Koivu
All six goals were scored on Josh Harding
, who was busy all day. All six came in the second half of the scrimmage, and five were scored after a scary moment. Radivojevic lifted a high, hard slap shot that caught Harding in the chin and sent him to the ice.
It was a rough day for all of Team Prep, which had one bright spot at the end of the first half. Eric Belanger snuck one past Backstrom just as the horn sounded. The referees signaled goal, but it was taken away by the time the second half started. Belanger centered Brian Rolston and Pierre-Marc Bouchard
, but that high-powered trio never got going.
Irmen did get going, and it could be time to start talking about him as that prospect that could make his way onto the team.
"I just have to get noticed somehow here," he said. "If the coaches see something they like, that's awesome. If not, I've got to fix it and do what they want me to do. I'm going to go out there and work my butt off and expect the worst and hope for the best."
As for Moore, he's making it harder for one of these prospects to take a spot, or at least take his. Once again, he was a force in both zones, and was throwing his small frame into the corner battles.
Moore admitted that this is the time that he can show the Wild staff what his game is all about.
“It’s early in camp and I’m just trying to get back into the swing of things," he said. "During the summer, you’re working on skills and fitness, but you look forward to the challenge of getting back into a competitive situation.”
The line combinations for Team Prep were as follows:
Rolston – Belanger – Bouchard
Pouliot – Walz – Foy
Voros – Olvecky – Clutterbuck
Graham – Fiala – Gutierrez
Schultz – Johnsson
Belle – Lakos
Albers – Thelen
St. Denis – May
Harding in goal