Among the nine goals scored in Team Green's 5-4 scrimmage over Team White at Wild Development Camp, there were none prettier than the game-winner. Jason Zucker
, the Wild's second-round pick (one of three) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, put his team on top for good in the final 30 seconds.Nate Prosser
, in the corner, flipped the puck to a standing Zucker low in the left circle. Zucker needed to kick the puck to his stick side, then unleashed a furious one-timer that went over Dennis Endras
The goal completed a comeback from two goals down for Team Green and nearly overshadowed a two-goal game from University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog Justin Fontaine
In its existence, the Wild has never had a "Swedish power forward" but it looks to have a solid prospect in 2010 second-round pick Johan Larsson
, who used his 5-10, 200-pound frame to muscle through traffic for a rebound goal to give Green a 1-0 lead early on.
The score stayed that way until the 10:30 mark of the first, when Fontaine scored his first goal, on assists from Casey Wellman and Colton Gillies. Gillies had two assists. This line showed chemistry all day.
Back-to-back goals by Green made it 3-1, as Kris Foucault of the Calgary Hitmen scored on a breakaway, and Cody Almond
followed up with a penalty shot goal (penalties resulted in penalty shots).
However, Green came right back, getting Fontaine's second goal, and a rebound by Brandon Buck to even things up headed to halftime.
Max Noreau (Team White) and Cody Almond
scored a minute apart in the final 10 minutes to set up Zucker's game-winner.
Goalie play was solid all day. The game was physical, but not overly so, so the goalies figured to be up against it. Matt Hackett
and Darcy Kuemper
, both 2009 draft picks, played the first half, while Endras, the MVP of the 2010 IIHF World Championships, and 2010 draft pick Johan Gustafsson
played the second half.