The week of Prospect Camp came to a close with a 10:00 a.m. scrimmage at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Friday.
Early in the scrimmage, the White zone was hopping with activity as Red had 2 early power play opportunities. Even though they didn’t convert, they carried the majority of the momentum at even strength play. Brandon Whitney kept the game scoreless for White as he made two huge saves early with his right pad; the first one was on a John Hayden shot and the second one was a Tim O’Brien backhand attempt.
Hayden wouldn’t be kept off the board though as he broke through with 4:43 remaining in the opening twenty minutes. He was able to get his shot by Whitney’s right pad for his third goal of camp and to give Red the 1-0 lead.
In the second period, both teams had some good scoring chances. White had a chance as Jason Bast lead a 2-on-1 rush into Red’s zone with Cohen Adair. The passing lane wasn’t open due to Justin Holl playing the situation well. Bast was forced to shoot, but he shot it over the net. Not long after, Holl was the one leading a rush into White’s zone. He had Maxim Shalunov with him and he dished the puck over to him, but the 6-foot-3, 187 pound right winger shanked it wide. White had another chance at tying the game up as Anthony Louis found Mark McNeill in the right circle, but McNeill shot the puck over the net.
With 8:58 left in the middle frame, the teams switched up their goalies. Matthew O’Connor replaced Whitney in net for White and Jackson Whistle replaced Matt Tomkins in net for Red.
The first time the gloves were dropped during camp came with 3:18 to go in the second period. Hayden and Sam Jardine went at it with Hayden getting in a few good punches, but it was more of a wrestling match than anything.
With 2:46 left in the 2nd, Tyler Motte tied the game up for White. Grayson Downing gave White the 2-1 lead at 3:27 of the 3rd period. His beautiful stickhandling lead to the tally which was set up by Milos Bubela. Red tied the game back up at 10:54 of the third with Alex Broadhurst’s first marker of camp.
White grabbed the lead back at 14:07 with a sick shot from Bubela from above the left hashmarks. He picked the corner over Whistle’s blocker for the go-ahead goal. With 2:20 left in regulation, Downing tallied his second goal of the scrimmage, courtesy of some more gorgeous moves. He deked Whistle into sliding to his left and slipped it past Whistle’s right for the 2 goal cushion.
17 seconds after the insurance goal, 6-foot-9, 223 pound Viktor Svedberg and 6-foot-1, 198 pound Phillip Danault dropped the gloves. Danault tried to get some punches in, but Svedberg easily tackled him down to the ice, due to the size difference. O’Brien tried to bring Red to within one goal with 71 seconds left as he tried a stuff-attempt on O’Connor, but the 6-foot-5, 195 pound Boston University netminder shut the door. White held on for the 4-2 victory which gave them the trophy that the Blackhawks hand out on the last scrimmage of every Prospect Camp.
-Rockford IceHogs head coach, Ted Dent, was behind the Red bench again during today’s scrimmage.
-Here’s how the line-ups looked. Starters are italicized.
Garrett Thompson – Phillip Danault – Maxim Shalunov
Dario Simion – Alex Broadhurst – John Hayden
Quinn Gould – Matt Lorito – Christensen
Dan Weissenhofer* — Sam Babintsev – Tim O’Brien
*Weissenhofer was also used at his natural position of defense today.
Carl Dahlstrom – Nick Mattson
Robin Norell – Justin Holl
Guy LeBoeuf – Gleb Koryagin
Nolan Zajac – Michael Paliotta
Cohen Adair – Jason Bast – Chris McCarthy
Luke Curadi – Tyler Motte – Chris Calnan
Mark McNeill – Vincent Hinostroza – Anthony Louis
Milos Bubela – Grayson Downing — ____________
Travis Brown – Stephen Johns
Sam Jardine – Dillon Fournier
Viktor Svedberg – Robin Press
Zach Loesch – Jake Chelios
-Scratches: Kevin Hayes, Ryan Hartman, Antti Raanta, Pat Mullane (lower body injury), Kirill Gotovets, Garret Ross, Mac Carruth, Kent Simpson
-Nolan Zajac had a solid scrimmage. He’s a very smart defenseman and makes good decisions with the puck, has good vision and is a fairly fast skater.
-Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom is very strong on his skates and is pretty hard to knock off of the puck.
-Vincent Hinostroza is fun to watch on the ice. He’s fast, has some nifty moves, isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty and dig for pucks along the boards and can hit. During play today, he had a very good hit on Robin Norell which sent the defenseman down to the ice.
-Anthony Louis continued to play well, as he had throughout all of camp. He showed he’s very responsible defensively and his speed is something that can’t go unnoticed.
-Stephen Johns also played very well—as he did all week. His physical presence on the ice always shines through as he can hit with the best of ‘em. He’s very calm and patient with the puck and that leads to him making smart decisions in all 3 zones.
-Quinn Gould had a good camp, but he played very well today. He was very good defensively and blocked some shots.
-Brandon Whitney played great in net all week and had another strong outing today. Matt Tomkins also played well in net at all times; today, he made some very good saves with a lot of traffic in front of him.
-Phillip Danault had another strong outing and today he showed that he can play with an edge. He was chirping a few people after whistles and then there was his fight with Viktor Svedberg.
-John Hayden also had another fabulous game today. Not only did he score his 3rd goal of camp, but he showed that he’s not afraid to drop the gloves. He has great vision on the ice and finds ways to get to prime scoring areas where he can go to work offensively.