Campin’ With The Hawks — Day 4

Kent Simpson during the scrimmage. (Photo Credit: Kim Wrona)

Thursday’s scrimmage at Blackhawks prospect camp featured some big prospect names that were absent from Wednesday’s game–and a skills competition.

Forward Brandon Saad and netminders Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth skated in today’s contest after not participating the previous day. Simpson got the start for the White Team and Andrew Hammond, from Bowling Green State University, got the start between the pipes for the Red Team.

The White Team got on the power play twice within the first six minutes but couldn’t convert. With 3:47 left in the opening frame, Chris Calnan tallied for White after getting a Kevin Hayes rebound from a Hammond right pad save and shoveling it home.

Red tied it up with 12:17 to go in the second period. Teuvo Teravainen picked the corner with a sick shot from the slot for his second goal of camp. Less than two minutes later, Pat Mullane, free agent invitee from Boston College, scooped up the loose puck from Simpson’s glove side and fired it home to give Red their first lead of the scrimmage. That marker was also his second goal of camp. Carruth replaced Simpson in net with 10:21 to go in the second so they could each get about half of a game under their belts.

Phillip Danault tied the game up at two for White with 12 minutes to go in the third period. He collected the rebound from a Saad shot and tallied for his first goal of camp. White took the lead back just under four minutes later when free agent invitee Kyle Bonis, from Ferris State University, slipped one by Eric Mihalik as he stretched out to try and make the right toe save. Another free agent made his mark with under six minutes to go in the period. Union College’s Daniel Carr found himself alone in front of the net and lifted a shot over Carruth’s glove to make it 3-3.

The scrimmage went into a five minute overtime and then a shootout. No one scored until the fifth round when Carr went five-hole on Carruth. It held as the game winner and Red took the decision 4-3.

Notes

-Goalie Splits: Simpson and Carruth, as stated before, split playing time for White. For Red, Hammond played in the first period, Troy Grosenick from Union College was between the pipes for the second period, and Mihalik was in for the third and beyond.

-Even though they changed a bit throughout the game, here are the lines and D pairs for each team:

Team A/Red

Denis Hollenstein* – Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill

Miks Indrasis – Teuvo Teravainen – Maxim Shalunov

Dan Delisle – Vincent Hinostroza – Mikhail Plotnikov/Kyle De Laurell

Chris Martin – Pat Mullane – Daniel Carr

Klas Dahlbeck – Sam Jardine

Travis Brown – Justin Holl

Braden Birch – Joe Gleason

Jake Chelios – Chris Casto

*Hollenstein was on Team B yesterday, but was in the Red line-up today.

Team B/White

Phillip Danault – Brandon Saad* – Joakim Nordstrom

Garret Ross – Kevin Hayes – Chris Calnan

Adam Berkle – Ryan Carpenter – Kyle Bonis

Nick McParland – Matthew Lindblad/Matthew Lorito – Aaron Schmit

Adam Clendening – Nick Mattson

Paul Phillips – Michael Paliotta

Mark Nemec – Viktor Svedberg

Mat Bodie – Steven Spinell

*Yes, Saad was used at center. That is not a typo. He did alright on draws.

-There were no scratches for White. Scratched for Red were forward Terry Broadhurst and goalies Brandon Whitney and Matt Tomkins.

-Power play results: Red went 0-for-2 and White went 0-for-3.

-The starters for the Red Team in overtime were:  Mark McNeill, Teuvo Teravainen, Travis Brown, and Justin Holl. The starters for the White Team in overtime were:  Kevin Hayes, Chris Calnan, Mat Bodie, and Steven Spinell.

Shootout Results

1st Round

Red – Mark McNeill – No goal, Carruth made the pad save.

White – Phillip Danault – No goal, he whiffed on his shot.

2nd Round

Red – Teuvo Teravainen – No goal, he missed the net.

White – Joakim Nordstrom – No goal, Mihalik made the glove save.

3rd Round

Red – Maxim Shalunov – No goal, he missed the net.

White – Kevin Hayes – No goal, he made some nice moves but Mihalik shut him down.

4th Round

Red – Vincent Hinostroza – No goal, he made some nice moves, too, but Carruth stopped him.

White – Matthew Lorito – No goal, Mihalik made the pad save.

5th Round

Red – Daniel Carr – Goal, he went five-hole on Carruth.

White – Chris Calnan – No goal, Mihalik made the save.

Observations

Joe Gleason really showed off his wheels today. He led some rushes into the offensive zone and got back to backcheck quickly. He was pretty impressive today in his overall game.

Teuvo Teravainen and Maxim Shalunov really seem to have some chemistry together. Add Miks Indrasis into the mix on the other side of that line and they’re all very solid together on the ice.

Jake Chelios seems to have very good hockey sense, which is no surprise when you consider who his father is. Jake seems to be one of the quiet guys on the ice where the more you don’t notice him, the better it is since he’s doing everything right and not making mistakes. He’s much like Blackhawks/IceHogs defenseman Ryan Stanton in that sense.

Chris Calnan was very impressive today. It was evident how strong on his skates he is and he has quite the nose for the net. He also appears to have a great work ethic and is pretty persistent.

Sam Jardine laid out some nice, crisp passes today. A lot of his breakout passes landed right on his teammates’ tape without jumping all that much.

Mark Nemec is a pretty physical force out on the ice.

Phillip Danault has stepped up his hitting game. He doled out many solid checks, more than he did last year at camp and in his seven games in Rockford at the end of 2011-12. Danault’s going to be one fun player to watch in the future, even though he already is a lot of fun to watch out there. He gives everything he’s got whenever he’s on the ice–it doesn’t matter if it’s practice, a scrimmage, or an actual game.

 

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