The third day of the Blackhawks’ Prospect Camp featured a 10:00 a.m. practice by Team A (the White team) before an 11:00 a.m. scrimmage where White took on Team B—better known as the Red team.
The high tempo and physicality of the scrimmage were set early on in the first period and continued throughout the entire game. The goaltending was also fantastic in the first 30 minutes of the scrimmage. Brandon Whitney was the starting netminder for White and Matt Tomkins started in between the pipes for Red. They both made great saves and looked solid in all aspects of their game. They both only gave up one goal, and those came in the second period after they both held the teams scoreless in the first.
Robin Press scored the first goal of the game for White at 5:49 of the middle stanza as he fired a rebound blocker side over Tomkins. John Hayden tied the game for Red at 9:05 just after a Red power play expired. With 10:14 remaining in the period, Whitney and Tomkins were relieved of their duties by Jackson Whistle and Matthew O’Connor respectively.
Hawks 2nd round (54th overall) draft pick in 2010 and University of Minnesota blue liner Justin Holl gave Red the lead at 14:51 of the period and Anthony Louis tied the game back up for White with 3:47 remaining in the period with a dazzling goal. He was able to get in behind the Red defensive zone coverage and flip a backhander over a sprawled out O’Connor.
At 2:29 of the final frame, a new guy whose last name is Christensen grabbed a loose puck and put it home to give Red the 3-2 lead. Phillip Danault gave Red a 2 goal lead as he picked up a Quinn Gould rebound and got it past Whistle’s right pad at 5:40. Hayden added to Red’s lead as he collected his 2nd goal of the afternoon as he tapped in a loose puck in the crease with 6:26 remaining in regulation. Grayson Downing also tapped in a loose puck in the crease, but did it for the White team to bring them within two goals with 3:35 remaining. White pulled within one goal of Red as Chris McCarthy scored with 25.4 seconds remaining with a shot from the top of the left circle, but that was as close as they would get. Red took home the 5-4 victory.
-The line-ups were constantly changing, but this is the gist of what they looked like:
Garret Ross – Tyler Motte – Chris Calnan
Mark McNeill – Pat Mullane – Anthony Louis
Chris McCarthy – Jason Bast – Cohen Adair
Grayson Downing – Milos Bubela – Luke Curadi
Travis Brown – Stephen Johns
Sam Jardine – Dillon Fournier
Zach Loesch – Robin Press
Dan Weissenhofer — ___________
Garrett Thompson – Phillip Danault – Maxim Shalunov
Dario Simion – Alex Broadhurst – John Hayden
Tim O’Brien – Matt Lorito – Quinn Gould
Christensen – Sam Babintsev — _________
Carl Dahlstrom – Jake Chelios
Guy LeBoeuf – Justin Holl
Gleb Koryagin – Nolan Zajac
Robin Norell – Michael Paliotta
Italicized names are the starting line-ups for each team.
-The scratches were: Ryan Hartman, Kevin Hayes, Vincent Hinostroza, Kirill Gotovets, Antti Raanta, Viktor Svedberg, Nick Mattson, Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson.
-The White team pulled Whistle for the extra attacker with about 3 minutes to go in regulation. Alex Broadhurst had a chance for an empty netter, but he hit the crossbar with his shot.
–Ted Dent, head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, was behind the Red bench today.
–Pat Mullane and Dillon Fournier collided early in the first period. Even though they both went down hard, Mullane suffered an injury. He got up under his own power and skated back to the bench and gingerly tested out whatever was bothering him at the next stoppage of play. A few minutes later though, Mullane made his way to the dressing room and he never returned to the scrimmage. IceHogs fans are holding their collective breath in hopes that he’s okay since he’s signed with the team for the 2013-14 season.
–Tyler Motte has a heavy shot and he played very good today, especially in the defensive zone.
-It seemed like John Hayden couldn’t do anything wrong on the ice today. In addition to his two goal performance, he was physical, blocking shots, driving to the net, strong on his skates and showed that he has an extremely high compete level.
–Phillip Danault put on a show on the ice. He utilized his speed well. He was flying out on that ice. He was also great defensively and always went to the front of the net.
–Mark McNeill did just about everything solidly, even without being flashy on offense. He has a lot of hockey sense and has great vision. He’s super strong on his skates as well.
–Dan Weissenhofer was physical during Day 1 of camp and he showed that he can step it up a notch in game play. He made some nice hits out there today.
-Speaking of hitting, that’s a big part of Stephen Johns’ game. He had at least 3 big hits today that changed the momentum of a shift. He’s also very sound and smart in his own end.
–Anthony Louis was very good today. He finds ways to slip into prime scoring areas and create some good chances, especially by utilizing his speed.
-Day 4 features a Red team practice at 10:00 a.m. at Johnny’s IceHouse and an 11:30 a.m. scrimmage between White and Red. Follow me on Twitter for updates.