Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2005, Day 5
September 18, 2005
Third Place Game: Team EJ (1-3) vs. Team Badger (0-3)
Badger wins 8-5
Player combos were in line with past days.
EJ goal, EJ leads 1-0. McLean (Roy) McLean got a wrister over Caron's glove to the far post while streaking down the wing.
EJ penalty, Roy hold. Collins got Chiodo down and slid it by him to tie the game at 1-1.
EJ goal, EJ leads 2-1. Salmonsson (Bissonette, Ouellet)
Badger goal, tied 2-2. Christensen (Malone, Collins) Malone worked well along the boards and eventually made a play to Christensen, who had beaten his man to the front of the net.
Badger goal, Badger leads 3-2. Christensen (Koltsov, Collins) Koltsov made an excellent pass to Christensen for an easy tap-in from the edge of the crease.
EJ penalty, Kelleher hold. Eaves made almost the same move as Collins and scored. Badger leads 4-2.
Badger goal, Badger leads 5-2. Christensen (Carcillo) Christensen gets the hat trick and was uncovered again. Carcillo found him alone to Child's right and Christensen had enough time to go forehand, backhand before dumping it in the net.
Badger penalty, Rouleau hold. Rico Fata goes to the backhand and scores five-hole. EJ gets to within 2 at 3-5.
EJ goal, EJ trails 4-5. R. Fata (Salmonsson, Ouellet) Salmonsson sets up an easy tap-in.
Badger penalty, Melichar hold. Salmonsson fakes to the backhand and Caron bought it. Game tied at 5-5.
Badger penalty, Malone crosscheck. McLean shot five-hole, Caron stopped him.
EJ penalty, Salmonsson trip. Rouleau goes glove side high, Chiodo never moves. Badger leads 6-5.
Badger penalty, Poapst hold. Armstrong shoots glove side, save by Caron.
Badger goal, Badger leads 7-5. Christensen (Collins, Lannon) Christensen gets #4 by rifling in a slow cross-ice pass from Collins.
EJ penalty, Kelleher hold. Carcillo went glove side, but Chiodo stopped him.
EJ penalty, Gonchar crosscheck. Malone shot wide.
Badger penalty, Rouleau hold. Caron went into the splits to make a nice toe save on McLean.
Badger penalty, Lannon hold. Gutierrez misses the net.
Badger goal, Badger leads 8-5. Christensen (Malone, Poapst)
Christensen obvious had a great game, but on the first four goals he scored he was uncovered, if only for a brief second. The shots on the first 3 goals probably didn't add up to a foot if you strung them together. He was also creating chances today as well.
Koltsov was passing and creating well too. On one play, he set up Eaves for what seemed to be a sure goal. Somehow Chiodo stopped him. I still have questions about his shot, but Koltsov should always be able to generate chances for his linemates.
Chiodo had a tough day, but in his defense he didn't get a ton of help, especially when Christensen was around. When he had help, he was decent. He made a few good stops on Malone back to back at one point. He looked shaky on penalty shots - beat twice with almost the same move and he never reacted to Rouleau's wrist shot.
Carcillo and Bissonette got into it with around 4, 4:30 left in the game, but nothing happened and they went off. They continued to jaw from the bench because Bissonette gave him a shove and Carcillo entered his bench. Everyone waited for them to get back on the ice and eventually they did and headed right for each other. Both guys threw the gloves and helmet aside and had a very spirited bout.. Carcillo at 5'11", 202 was at a disadvantage as Bissonette stand 6'3", 212. Carcillo looks a lot like Barnaby when he fights, but without the smiling and carrying-on. He did a good job to avoid punches (though Bissonette did stagger him with a hard right) and even got Bissonette's jersey over his head twice. It was pretty even and Bissonette patted him on the head after it was done. The two appeared to be reviewing their fight cards with each other from their respective penalty boxes afterwards.
Championship Game: Team Herbie (2-1) vs. Team Francis (3-0)
Francis wins the tournament title 4-2.
First Period (Thibault in net for Francis)
Herbie penalty, Talbot hook. Surovy went for the blocker and Fleury was there.
Herbie penalty, Jackman hook. Hussey was stopped by Fleury.
Francis penalty, bench minor-too many men. Talbot scored to put Herbie up 1-0.
Francis penalty, Palffy hook. Doyle tries a backhand deke five-hole, but Thibault stops him
Herbie penalty, VandenBussche hook. Dixon goes backhand, high glove and Fleury makes an excellent glove save.
Herbie penalty, Doyle hold. Corupe stopped by Fleury.
Herbie goal, Herbie leads 2-0. Kennedy (Sersen, Stone)
Herbie penalty, Doyle hook. Murley fakes a backhander, then stuffs it in low on his forehand. Fleury went into the splits and appeared to have it, but the net moved a little and the puck got in.
Second Period (Sabourin replaces Thibault)
Herbie penalty, Jackman hook. Pirjeta shoots low glove side and Fleury makes an easy save.
Herbie penalty, D. Fata trip. Palffy shoots low glove side, but misses wide.
Francis penalty, Surovy hook. Welch goes for the blocker and Sabourin stops him.
Francis goal, game tied 2-2. Hussey (Corupe, Dixon)
Francis goal, Francis leads 3-2. Corupe (Letang, Dixon) Letang got off a seeing-eye wrister from the right point. I don't think Fleury saw it until it was on him. He managed to kick out his right leg, but Corupe was right there for an easy put-back.
Francis goal, Francis leads 4-2. Surovy (Lefebvre) Francis gets a 2 on 1 break. Lefebvre hit the corner of the net and the puck dropped straight down. Surovy was there to put it in.
Francis penalty, Hussey hook. Recchi's attempt was stopped by Sabourin.
Francis penalty, Letang trip. Recchi never got a shot away. Letang caught up to him, lifted his stick and stole the puck.
Francis penalty, Paddock hook. Kennedy's shot missed the net.
Francis goal, Francis leads 5-2. Surovy (Whitney, Palffy) Surovy let go of a rocket, which Fleury stopped. I think everyone not name Crosby and Palffy lost track of it as it went 10-15 feet up in the air and dropped behind Fleury. Palffy went for it, but Crosby had him tied up. Unfortunately for Fleury and his teammates it went in anyway.
Team Herbie appeared to close to 4-3 after a puck went in off Recchi's foot as he skated to the net. He did not appear to angle his foot and there was definitely no kicking motion but the goal was disallowed, much to the crowd's chagrin. Recchi was ticked off and immediately picked up his play drawing a couple of penalty shots.
I'm sure someone saw this game or read about and said, "Fleury folded under pressure again. He couldn't even win a camp tournament." I was even joking about it, but that wasn't the case. Fleury played an excellent game, making a bunch of tough save and a few highlight ones. The last goal was the only one he probably would have liked to have back because he lost the rebound. Then again so did most everyone on the ice. He was arguably the best goaltender in the tournament and was no worse than #2 behind Thibault.
Today was more a case of Team Herbie sitting back too much in the second. Team Francis outshot them 26-13 in the second and 45-28 overall.
Crosby created some chances, but the big thing about him today was that early in he game he took major exception to Ryan Whitney and crosschecked him three times, two of which were after the whistle. I don't know what Whitney did to set him off and Whitney did nothing in retaliation, not even a push. Everyone saw it and no penalty was called. Shortly after that, Francis took the bench minor and Talbot put Herbie up 1-0.
After the game, the Pens trimmed their roster by seven. Rich Hansen was released. Gutierrez, Kennedy, Morrison, Salmonsson, Letang, and Paquet were returned to juniors.
There will be a closed practice tomorrow before the team travels to Columbus for the preseason opener. Tuesday is an travel day before camp shifts to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.
Thanks for the memories Ron! Viva la Francis!
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