Day One Scrimmages…

The first day of the 2010-11 Portland Winterhawks training camp is in the books and there was quite a bit of talent on display tonight at the two scrimmages to start the Neely Cup tournament going on through Sunday.

Each of the games was split into two halves – each starting at 0-0.  The first game was a stop-clock 30 minute half while the second game was a running time 40 minute half.

The first game featured Team Turnbull (wearing blue) versus Team Babych (wearing grey)…and they split the halves with Babych winning 4-2 in the first and Turnbull winning 5-3 in the second.

The full rosters are available at the games, but I don’t feel like typing them out tonight (been a long day)…but here is a summary of some names and actions.  All stats are unofficial as tabulated by me…and they don’t necessarily agree with the announced scoring in the building and all ages listed are “hockey age”:

Team Babych:

Early in the first half, the new Swiss Import Sven Bärtschi showed what he brings to the table setting up Ty Rattie and Nicolas Petan for goals sandwiched around a marker of his own.  He also played a more physical game that I envisioned as he worked well along the walls, winning some puck battles and going to the net.  Head Coach Mike Johnston likes to keep pairs of players together and maybe there is some chemistry with Rattie and Bärtschi that will develop like it did last year with Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Johansen.   The Babych squad also got a seeing-eye point shot goal from 17 year old Dylan Mooney and they skated away with a 4-2 win in the first half.

In the second half for Babych, they got a spectacular goal from Riley Boychuk, who roofed a short wrister while falling to the ice that got a rise from the crowd in attendance.   They also got goals from 17 year old William Clark (from Texas, listed at 6’6″ 230), who finished off a two-on-one nicely in tight and then a final goal from Rattie, again set up Bärtschi for a four point outing, in a late rally with the goalie pulled.

While he didn’t hit the scoresheet, Joe Morrow looked very solid rushing the puck out of his zone and jumping into the play.  Brad Ross also played well, being his feisty self and ringing the crossbar in the second half.

In goal, Mac Carruth started and gave up one goal in 20 minutes.  He was relieved by 16 year old Glenn Ferguson who gave up three goals in 20 minutes split over two halves, and then finished with Tyler Read who gave up 2 goals in his 20 minutes.  Shots were not tracked, so I don’t have save numbers.

Team Turnbull:

Team Turnbull also had a pair of players that seemed to mesh well together and they were 18 year olds Taylor Peters and Teal Burns.  Peters scored the first goal of the first half for Turnbull, making a nice move off the end boards and stuffing home a crease shot past Carruth.  Burns scored the other goal, finished off a nice cross ice pass from Tyler Wotherspoon late in the half, Peters had the second helper on that goal.

In the second half, the offense got going a bit more and they got two goals from 15 year old Riley Alferd and single markers from Burns, Peters and Adam de Champlain.  Burns finished with four points while Peters had three points.   Burns second goal came on a nice deflection of a point shot from 15 year old Dylan Bowen.

Brendan Leipsic didn’t hit the scoresheet, but did ring the post twice on shots from the slot.  de Champlain hit the post as well for Turnbull.

On the back end, the pairing of Wotherspoon and Derrick Pouliot looked very good as they handled the puck in their own zone very well and jumped into the rush when they got a chance.   A future top pair for the Hawks in the not so far future.

In goal, 15 year old Brendan Burke played the first half and gave up four goals, but made some strong saves as well.  In the second half, 18 year old Warren Shymko allowed three goals while perserving the victory with some solid play in the final five minutes.

In the second game, Team Wesley (wearing black) knocked off Team Nylund (wearing red) in both halves, by scores of 3-1 and 4-2.

Some notes:

Team Wesley:

In the first half, the two-man combo for Wesley was Ryan Johansen and 16 year old Taylor Leier.  Johansen set Leier up with his patented end-board centering pass and Leier made no mistake early in the first half.   18 year old Jason Trott then got the first penalty shot awarded on the day (they took penalty shots instead of serving penalties) and put home a nice backhand to make it 2-0.  The final goal was scored on a nice finish by Johansen in tight, set up by 19 year old d-man Stephane Robidoux (who saw some time with Brandon the past couple of years) and Leier.

In the second half, it was 15 year old Chase Deleo stepping forward, scoring three goals.  Leier set up the first goal for a three point game.  Deleo’s second goal came from behind the goal line when it pinballed in from the crease.  He wrapped up the hat trick with a roof shot from the slot.  The other goal came from Brandon Burlingame, who also had one assist.

On defense, Brett Ponich was paired with Josh Hanson and they looked comfortable together.

In net, 17 year old Christian Frey played the first half and allowed one goal and 15 year old Jarrod Schamerhorn played the second half and gave up two, but made some nice saves to perserve the second half win as Team Red peppered a lot of shots late in the contest.

Team Nylund:

Their lone goal of the opening half came when Adam Smith made a nice outlet pass to spring Luke Walker on a breakaway and he beat Frey high glove with a wrister.  In the second half, Gasper Kopitar finished off a penalty shot with a nice backhand and then Brayden Low deflected home a Kyle Madsen entry shot to make it close at the end.  Nylund got a lot of looks late in the game, but couldn’t get any closer despite a territorial advantage.

Troy Rutkowski played his normal puck rushing game and looked very good in doing so.

In net, Keith Hamilton allowed three goals in the first half and Kootenay Alder gave up four in his half.  Both made some quality saves as well.

There will be two scrimmages on Friday evening as well…starting at 4:00 at the MC…



  1. Thanks for the write up, Andy. I attended last season’s scrimmages, and its hard enough to follow the action AND look at the lineup sheets – let alone make notes for us to digest.

    I’ll be there sat & sun

  2. Thank you very much, Andy.

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