The Main Camp for the Portland Winterhawks started today and finished with the first two games of the inaugural Neely Cup scrimmages at the MC…a brief review of the two games:
Game 1 – Team Hodge (Black) 2 vs. Team Currie (Blue) 3 in OT
Hodge: Radim Valchar, Riley Boychuk
Currie: Teal Burns (2), Stefan Schneider
Game 2 – Team Peterson (Maroon) 4vs. Team Bandura (Red) 2
Peterson: Troy Stecher (2), James Kerr, Destry Straight
Bandura: Spencer Bennett, Brett Ponich
– As I expected both games were a little tentative tonight, not a lot of hitting, but the second game between Maroon and Red had a touch more intensity. I expect all of the games to gain in intensity the closer we get to Friday.
– Prettiest goal of the night – Team Red with Seth Swenson sending Adam Basford and Spencer Bennett in on an odd-man rush and a pretty feed from Basford giving Bennett an empty net to slide it home.
– Teal Burns scored two goals on wrist shots, one from the right wing, the other from the left wing.
– Radim Valchar and Riley Boychuk both scored by driving hard to the net and slamming it home.
– The OT winner in Game 1 was scored when D-man turned Forward turned D-man Stefan Schneider slammed home a slap shot for the right point, off the far post and in.
– 15 year old D-man Troy Stecher scored on a penalty shot and then into an empty net to seal the win for Team Maroon.
– To answer a common question, yes Killian Hutt is with the team, he is just recovering from some off-season injuries and he won’t take part in the scrimmages this week.
Back at the rink tomorrow afternoon for a couple more games…
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