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Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com

Camp 2002, Day 5

September 16, 2002

Report is late due to the fact that my PC is being a real pain today. Anyhow...

I was there for the entire session and game today. Not too much stuck out during drills, aside from the fact that Leroux looked a step slower than usual today.

They did a drill where a forward started off with a puck along the boards near the goal line. The whistle blows and the forward races up ice. The defenseman starts a little further up the rink and must skate backwards quickly to shut off the oncoming forward. Several times the forwards blew right by Frankie.

The only other thing of note was the play of Primeau and Niemenen. They are playing off of each other very well and Niemenen looks much better than here showed last year. Each guy has pretty good speed too. Barring an unexpected drop-off in play or some kind of injury, those two should make up two-thirds of one of Kehoe's checking lines.

On to the game observations...

Kent Manderville was absent from the White team, so Hillier pretty much rotated his three other centers (Beech, Daigle, and Talbot) between his four sets of wingers (Lacouture-Donovan, Sivek-Kostopolous, Murley-Ouellet, and Morvan-Konopka). The team's site says Manderville had some kind of "soreness" but that he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Josef Melichar was solid again, but the big thing I noticed with him is that he's not too bad with the puck either. His skating is above average and he passes well. The best thing is, he always seems to make the correct play.

Alex Rouleau opened the scoring, putting one past Hedberg. Donovan had the lone assist, putting White up 1-0. Randy Robitaille scored in the 2nd on a penalty shot. He faked to the backhand before sliding a forehand by David Chant to tie the game at 1-1.

Alexander Daigle was great today. He had two goals, hit the pipe once, and had a couple of other good chances, which were stopped by the goalies. His first goal was an absolute cannon from the slot over Tallas' shoulder in the 3rd quarter. Matt Murley (?) made an excellent pass from below the goal line to set it up. That put White back up 2-1. The other one resulted from him flying in towards the net and slamming a Janne Laukkanen rebound past Tallas. White led 3-1. Another time, he was flying up the left side and stopped quickly, making a move to the middle that corkscrewed Rob Scuderi into the ice.

Shean Donovan and Dan Lacouture should be an excellent pair of grinding wingers this year. Every time they were out there, they were able to get the puck in deep and keep up the cycle for a while. It usually resulted in at least one scoring chance.

Mike Wilson stunk again. He got caught pinching, but Hedberg made the save on the breakaway that Ouellet got from it. Next time up the ice, Wilson went in deep again. Donovan made him look bad on a penalty shot too. Wilson had cross-checked him and Wilson was basically right beside him when Donovan took off on the shot. I'm not sure why he didn't line up right, but it didn't matter. Even though Wilson was hooking Donovan from the get go, Donovan was able to pull away. He beat Hedberg, but could slide the puck into the net. It might have hit the post.

Shean Donovan left at one point, with a towel on his head , but returned later. I'm guessing he went off for stitches or something.

Brooks Orpik played well again. He only had one big hit, which was on Maxime Talbot in front of the penalty box, but was in good position for the most part. He also continued to irritate any opposing forward that came near him. His play is sort of like Adam Foote's in that regard.

The tournament saw it's first two fights of the year today. David Koci got into it with Jason MacDonald after Koci slammed him face first into the glass. No punches were thrown. They locked up and Koci put MacDonald on the ice pretty easy. Later on, Zenon Konopka and Ian Moran had at it. Konopka knocked Moran down in the Gold zone, and went to skate up the ice. Moran had a hold of Konopka's stick and eventually let go, but continued to follow him up ice. They threw down by the time they got to the opposite blueline. Konopka threw more punches, but the fight was even. Neither guy landed anything solid. Moran was assessed an instigator, but Daigle took the shot. He made a nice move to the backhand, but Tallas stopped it.

Matt Murley carried the puck in on a 2 on 1 a fired a good shot on Hedberg. It got past him, but dribbled wide. I saw Murley doing a decent job of back checking several times as well.

Kris Beech played a pretty good all around game. He made a couple more excellent passes. He is very god at spotting guys coming late. He played a little more physical, riding guys off into the boards and knocking people off the puck and allowing one of his teammates to come and pick it up. He is also pretty good at recognizing when a defenseman jumps up and he needs to cover.

Konstantin Koltsov showed off his speed some more today. Selivanov threw the puck up ice, which would have been icing, but Koltsov beat everyone else to it. When the puck went by him, Koltsov was probably about 3-5 steps behind everyone in White, but he blew by everyone. He generated one scoring chance but beating a goalie to the puck and getting it out in front. A defenseman put a shot on, but it hit Koci in the leg. He got a breakaway later and threw a good fake on Caron, but he couldn't lift it over the fallen Caron. Koltsov later scored by driving down the slot as Robitaille threw a centering pass towards the net. Koltsov got his stick free from the defender and chipped the pass behind Caron, which made it 3-2 White. Selivanov, who had a goal disallowed earlier due to a hand pass, got the other assist.

Shane Endicott got to be the hero later. Tallas was yelling at coach Joe Mullen and time wound down to see when he should come off. With about 1:30 left in the 4th, Tallas made his move. Mullen sent Endicott out as the extra attacker. He came off the bench, skated directly to the front of the net, picked up the puck and scored with about a minute left to tie the game at 3-3, which is how it ended. They do not play overtimes during camp games.

Gold won the shootout 7-4. Scoring for Gold were Mike Wilson, Colby Armstrong, Steven Crampton, Shane Endicott, Jan Fadrny, Jason MacDonald, and Andrew McPherson. Scoring for White were Michal Sivek, Zenon Konopka, Matt Murley, and Tom Kostopolous.




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