Thursday Wrap…

Not much tonight but here is a quick recap of the two scrimmages:

Game 1 – Team Peterson (Maroon) 3 vs. Team Currie (Blue) 0

Scorers:

Maroon:  James Kerr, Destry Straight, Ryan Johansen

Blue:  None

Ian Curtis and Christian Frey combine for the shutout for Maroon while Kurtis Mucha was perfect in his 30 minutes of action.  David Jacobson allowed the three goals for Blue.

Game 2 – Team Hodge (Black) 4 vs. Team Bandura (Red) 3 – OT

Scorers:

Black:  Riley Boychuk, Brayden Low, Jordan Lajimodiere, Chris Francis

Red:  Adam Basford, Paul Gaustad, Trevor Cheek

Ross Baadsvik and Corbin Boes combine for the win while Peter Megariotis and Keith Hamilton take the loss.

Game winner scored by Francis with a drive across the slot and a wicked wrister from the right hashmark over the glove of Hamilton for a beauty of a goal.

One scrap on the evening with Taylor Orser and Danny Vlanich dropping the mitts.  Orser (19) was smaller and with a shorter reach than Vlanich (16), but the older player landed the more quality punches to get the decision.

Through the entire week so far, the defense and goaltending have shown me more than the offense, but I’ve seen sparks of offense that should grow with confidence and playing time chemistry.  Nino Niederreiter showed some incredible skill tonight and he is going to be a fun one to watch.

Little Brenden Leipsic at an optimistic 5’7″ was joined on a line tonight by 6’5″ Paul Gaustad and 6’6″ Tayler Jordan.  Leipsic set up Gaustad with a pretty pass for a goal for Team Red.

Day by day, I’ve grown more impressed with Taylor Aronson and he is good in all zones.  He could be one of the best “steals” for the Hawks in a long time having not been drafted in the WHL Bantam Draft.

I’m sure that all of the players that will stay with the team through Saturday will look forward to hitting someone from another organization after a grueling week on the ice against their own teammates.

One more day of scrimmages…then the real work for the Coaching staff begins with the decision making progress…they have their work cut out for them, that’s for sure.

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