The 2016 Guelph Storm Training Camp continued Wednesday with players battling it out in a series of scrimmages. Wednesday’s scrimmages were the last chance some players had to prove to management they belong with the club as the roster is to be trimmed down later in the evening.
Goaltenders Liam Herbst and Kristian Hufsky both had strong days in goal as they both earned shutouts during the morning session. Nico Daws and Luke Miller also had great days allowing just 2 and 3 goals, respectively.
Dante Sheriff was a goaltender’s worst nightmare, scoring three goals as well as showcasing some strong playmaking abilities. Matthew Hotchkiss led all returning players with three goals on the day, showing strong chemistry with Liam Stevens.
Scrimmage 1 Team O’Neill (1) v Team Doughty (5) 10:00am (Popovich vs. Daws)
Team O’Neill took on Team Doughty in the first scrimmage of Day 3 of camp, with Anthony Popovich and Nico Daws guarding their respective nets.
Team Doughty came out of the gates strong as, Cedric Ralph found the back of the net three minutes into the game. They continued to lay on the attack as Cedric Ralph made a cross-ice pass to Beniot Posa, who was able to get it past the sprawling Popovich.
Team Doughty was able to tally two more goals courtesy of Dante Sherrif and Givani Smith before Team O’Neill could find an answer for Daws. Nick Deakin-Poot scored the lone goal for Team O’Neill with a wrist shot from the slot. Team Doughty quickly responded as James McEwan rifled on past the glove of Popovich, giving Team Doughty the 5-1 victory to start the day.
Team O’Neill – Deakin-Poot
Team Bertuzzi – Ralph, Posa, Sheriff, Smith, McEwan
Scrimmage 2 – Team Doughty (0) v Team Bertuzzi (2) 10:50am (Ledek vs. Herbst)
In the morning’s second scrimmage, it was Richard Ledek and Liam Herbst between the pipes for Team Doughty and Team Bertuzzi, respectively.
Herbst shined throughout the game shutting the door on the camp’s top scorers, en route to the first shutout of camp. Ledek also played a strong game, making several glove save early on. Team Bertuzzi got on the board with minutes left in the first half of action when Niki Molson scored his first goal of camp, banging home the loose puck. Jonathan Yantsis added an insurance marker getting the puck past Ledek’s blocker, making the final score 2-0 for Team Bertuzzi.
Team Doughty – None
Team O’Neill – Molson, Yantsis
Scrimmage 3 – Team Bertuzzi (0) v Team O’Neill (2) 11:40am (Miller vs. Hufsky)
It was Luke Miller in the crease for Team Bertuzzi and Kristian Hufsky for Team O’Neill for the morning’s final scrimmage.
It was a tightly contested match between Team Bertuzzi and Team O’Neill in our third and final scrimmage of the morning. Both Miller and Hufsky played strong games, making timely saves to keep their teams in the game. But it was Hufsky who went on to win the goaltender duel shutting out Team Bertuzzi.
Half-way through the scrimmage, it was Noah Carroll who banged home the loose puck from the side of the net to take the 1-0 lead. Team Burtuzzi fought hard to tie-up the game, but Hufsky came through, making crucial saves against Jake Bricknell, Matthew Wilbee and Nicolas Sicoly.
Team Bertuzzi pulled the goalie in the final minute of the game, and would give up the empty net goal to Matthew Hotchkiss, as Team O’Neill prevailed with a 2-0 victory.
Team Bertuzzi – None
Team O’Neill – Caroll, Hotchkiss
Scrimmage 4 – Team Doughty (6) v Team O’Neill (3) 5:00pm (Ledek vs. Popovich)
Getting things going for the afternoon session was Team Doughty facing off with Team O’Neill. Tending goal for Team Doughty was Ledek while Popovich was the keeper of the crease for Team O’Neill.
Opening the scoring was Sheriff for Team Doughty. The camp-invitee continued to impress scoring his fourth goal of the camp. Team O’Neill quickly answered with a goal of their own scored by Ben Maidment.
Team Doughty reclaimed the lead when a shot deflected by Isaac Ratcliffe, trickled through the pads of Popovich and McEwan was there to bang it home. Yet again, Team O’Neill quickly responded by goal scored by Deakin-Poot as he snuck it past Ledek short side.
Team O’Neill took the lead for the first time in the game as camp-invitee John Beaton utilized a perfect screen by Deakin-Poot to beat Ledek. This time it was Team Doughty with the answer as Smith was denied by Popovich, but a streaking Sheriff was there to put away the rebound.
Team Doughty then took full control as they would go on to score three more times. Benito Posa made a slick pass to Levi Tetrault cutting into the slot. James Turner then scored his second goal of camp to make it 5-3. Defenseman Austin Hall would add to the lead with a wrist shot from the point, as Team Doughty takes the 6-3 win.
Team Doughty – Sheriff (2), McEwan, Tetraut, Turner, Hall
Team Bertuzzi – Maidment, Deakin-Poot, Beaton
Scrimmage 5 – Team O’Neill (5) v Team Bertuzzi (1) 5:50pm (Daws vs. Herbst)
The fifth scrimmage of the day saw Team O’Neill take on Team Bertuzzi, featuring Daws and Herbst in goal, respectively.
Team O’Neill dominated the match early on getting on the board early with a highlight reel goal by Zack Cameron. Cameron broke free for a breakaway and went between the legs to between Herbst. Hotchkiss quickly added another one as he found the back of the net off a great pass from Stevens. After another five minutes Luke Moncada scored a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal with Deakin-Poot and Liam Buckley scoring the assists. Teth Burles was able to break Daws shutout bid as he made a terrific wrist shot past Daws’ blocker. Team O’Neill would as two more courtesy of Hotchkiss and Buckley. Hotchkiss rifled one top corner and Buckley deflected a hard shot from the point by Scott Gaetz, as Team O’Neill ended their day with a 5-1 win.
Team O’Neill – Cameron, Hotchkiss (2), Moncada, Buckley
Team Bertuzzi – Burles
Scrimmage 6 – Team Bertuzzi (4) vs. Team Doughty (2) 6:40pm (Miller vs. Hufsky)
The last contest of the day saw Miller and Hufsky duke it out for Team Bertuzzi and Team Doughty.
The game initially had more of a defensive battle as both goaltenders were tested frequently and defenders made it hard for opposing forwards, but it was Ratcliffe who scored the game opener, when he was awarded a penalty shot. After being on the wrong end of a high stick, Ratcliffe capitalized showcasing his skill making a nice move around Miller to take the lead.
After more strong defensive play and goaltending, it was Albert Michnac who was able to score the equalizer with a blistering shot past Hufsky. Team Bertuzzi found a surge of energy as seconds later it was, Bricknell who made a spectacular play, splitting the defense and scoring top shelf. Which was quickly followed up by a goal by Teth Burles coming off a tremendous passing play by Michnac and Nate Schnarr.
Just as it looked like Team Bertuzzi would run away with the game, Barrett Kirwin was awarded a penalty shot. Just like his teammate, Ratcliffe, Kirwin capitalized and pulled Team Doughty within one goal. Team Doughty continued to battle and pulled the goalie with just over a minute to go, but it was Bricknell, who added the empty netter to secure the 4-2 victory to end the day.
Team Bertuzzi – Michnac, Bricknell (2), Burles
Team Doughty – Ratcliffe, Kirwin
Camp continues Thursday morning when players will be divided into two teams. Once divided, players will go through one off-ice and one on-ice workout before playing an intrasquad game at 3:00PM.
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