Neely Cup – Day 1…

The best thing about the opening of a new training camp for the Portland Winterhawks is the sense of optimism.  The team came oh so close to achieving their goal of winning the Western Hockey League and advancing to the Memorial Cup and you can tell, even on day one, that coming close just motivates those involved to get past where they were in 2010-11.

For most of us in attendance last night, the majority of the time was spent glancing at the ice and then scanning a roster sheet to see just who did what.  I will say that for the first day of scrimmages, the pace of play was fantastic…with speed being the key ingredient that stood out for me for all four squads.  Regardless of the size of the player…they all showed good skating and the scrimmages were about quick transitions and jumping the rush to create scoring chances.

Some quick summaries (teams are playing two 30 minute games per session)

Team Deadmarsh (Red) vs. Team Hossa (Black):

Game 1:

Red – 2 (Nic Petan, Joey Baker)

Black – 2 (Jason Trott, Presten Kopeck)

Game 2:

Red – 4 (Steen Cooper (2), Keanan Patershuk, Evan Anderson)

Black – 1 (Jason Trott)

Team Ference (Gray) vs. Team Messier (Blue):

Game 1:

Gray — 2 (Lukas Walter, Nolan Kinney)

Blue — 1 ( Tyler Parker)

Game 2:

Gray — 3 (Taylor Peters, Tyler Sandhu, Ryan Norman)

Blue — 2 (Brad Ross, Ryan Collins)

I’ll try to post some thoughts on individual players later on in the camp, but first I have to nail down who is who!

See you at the rink…

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