Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2003, Sept. 16
September 16, 2003
Game 1: Gold vs. White to determine who plays Black in the Championship game
Fleury (Gold) and Brochu (White) started.
Kostopolous (Lefebvre) - Morozov made a bad pass in the neutral zone. Lefebvre picked it off, skated in and dished to a wide-open Kostopolous on a 2 on 1. Gold leads 1-0.
Buchberger (Beech, Ouellet). Gold leads 2-0.
Bradley (Buckley). Bradley went to the net and rammed in a rebound from the doorstep. Gold still leads 2-1.
Chiodo (Gold), Caron (White) now in net.
Rouleau (Beech) Beech picked up a puck along the left wing wall and got it to Rouleau who sent a low slapper towards Caron. It went off of something and deflected over Caron's shoulder. Gold leads 3-1.
Morozov (Bergevin, Simpson) Bergevin made an excellent cross-ice pass to Morozov, which gave him plenty of time to bury the puck over even after he initially bobbled it. Gold still leads 3-2.
Tarnstrom (Murley, Talbot) Murley found Tarnstrom cutting in from the point, who collected the pass, continued in and roofed a high wristshot to the near post from inside the right wing circle. Game is tied, 3-3.
A 5 minute running clock overtime period was played 4-on-4.
Lefebvre (Lupaschuk) Moments after both teams trade odd-man breaks, Lupaschuk made a terrific outlet pass through the neutral zone to send Lefebvre in on Caron all alone and he buried a wrist shot with 1:02 left in overtime. Gold wins 4-3.
Alex Rouleau and Reid Simpson got into it twice. Rouleau had gotten of to an immediate disadvantage in the first skirmish and appeared to want round 2. It looked like he called off the linesman an one point. Neither landed anything big, and Rouleau did a nice job getting a draw in the second fight against one of the tougher, more experience fighters in camp.
Ross Lupaschuk was all over the ice. I don't recall seeing him get caught much, but he was up on the play a lot, even leading rushes while carrying the puck. He is also playing a little more physical this year than last.
Tomas Surovy was not present for Gold in the game and did not appear for the championship game either. His absence, combined with Steve McKenna still playing defense, left Gold with 9 forwards and the combos used were:
White had 11 forwards, but for the most part they used:
Between games, the White squad was kept out for a brief practice and both Ramzi Abid and Dan Focht participated for the entire session. Eddie Olczyk and Randy Hiller were the only coaches present.
Gold vs. Black, Tournament Championship
Boucher (Black) and Chiodo (Gold) started.
Paddock (Christensen) Christensen led the 2-on-1. Didn't see who was out on defense for Black, but someone got caught leaving early and his partner did not take the pass away, leave Paddock with a lay-up. Gold leads 1-0.
Dixon (unassisted) Tied 1-1.
Buchberger (Paddock, Christensen) Gold leads 2-1.
Beech (penalty shot for high-sticking on Hussey) Beech mad a nice forehand backhand move before appearing to go 5-hole on Boucher. Gold leads 3-1.
Holzinger (Kostopolous, Lefebvre). Another odd-man break. Gold leads 4-1.
Ouellet (Beech, Abbot). Beech found Ouellet from behind the net. Gold leads 5-1.
Aubin (Black), Fleury (Gold) now in net.
Kraft (Filewich, Dixon) Kraft got his own rebound during a scramble in front. Gold still leads 5-2.
Abbot (Beech, McKenna) Big reaction from the crowd as Abbot is a local kid. More on him later. Gold leads 6-2.
Hussey (Dixon) Gold still leads 6-3.
Paddock (penalty shot- Bissonette hold (very iffy call)). Gold leads 7-3.
Holzinger (Kostopolous, Rouleau) Another odd-man break, with no help from the defense. Gold leads 8-3.
Ouellet (Buchberger) Buchberger threw a backhander on goal from below the right wing circle and a big fat rebound went right to Ouellet who was uncovering in the left wing circle. He buried it up high and Gold leads 9-3.
Eastwood (Armstrong). Gold still wins 9-4.
The Gold lines were the same, except Abbot and Buchberger were switched around. Black used
Matt Hussey rotated in.
Lukas Bolf, who left early yesterday after blocking a shot was back. He's a pretty agile skater and good puck-handler. His passing is not bad, but he appears to prefer to skate the puck out of trouble.
Jim Abbot started off wearing #25, but changed to 17 for the third period. Why? He had been cut by Nick Boucher's goalie stick earlier and his jersey had a bit of blood on the front. Abbot ran him later, knocking the net off in the process. He got a single crosscheck in the back from Darcy Robinson for his trouble.
Ryan Malone and Tom Kostopolous fought, though I have no idea why. Again, neither landed anything big, but Kostopolous got Malone's helmet off and his jersey part of the way over his head, so edge to him.
Eric Meloche was in a foul mood for seemingly the entire game. On more than on occasion, he was glaring at the Gold bench.
One of the sources of his ire was Kris Beech. In addition the producing a goal and 2 assists and finishing most of his checks, Beech is apparently becoming a pretty good agitator. Beech ticked of Meloche by going hard to the net, bumping the goalie and laughing about it. Beech is beginning develop a Barnaby-esque smile that is almost always on his face. In addition, to Meloche he also had several other players irritated with him in both games. He got under Drake Berehowsky's skin so bad that Berehowsky knocked his helmet off his head and pushed him a couple more times. Beech never backed away, but it was very clear he wasn't going to drop his gloves first either. Berehowsky never dropped his, although McKenna and Buchberger did separate the two before it escalated any further.
Milan Kraft played better today, but he still needs to pick it up if he wants to stick. Lemieux, Eastwood, and Holzinger probably have the first, fourth and third line jobs locked up, although Holzinger could move to wing. So far Beech would appear to have a distinct edge on Kraft, though Beech's decision making needs to improve.
Guillaume Lefebvre had had a nice couple of days. I didn't notice him much but when going back over some notes I had, he always seemed to be making something happen.
Konstantin Koltsov may or may not stick at the start, but there are signs that his hands are starting to come around. His passing is very good and his stick-handling is much improved from what I remember last year. He is also starting to use change of speed to his advantage instead of going all out all the time.
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