Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2002, Day 7
September 18, 2002
Again, I opted to shoot pictures during the practice sessions. I haven't reviewed them yet, but I should have some good shots of Johan Hedberg's new mask, Joe Mullen trying to fix the PA system, and Lemieux looking very relaxed.
There were some lineup changes for both teams, so here are the combos used:
White changed their defense pairings midway through the game. Josef Melichar played with Alex Rouleau and David Koci teamed up with Michal Rozsival. Perhaps not coincidentally, Rouleau's play picked up after that.
Colby Armstrong played for the Black team today, filling in for Alex Zevahkin, who is out with a shoulder injury.
Eric Meloche opened the scoring, ramming a puck by Sebastien Caron from close range. Vladimir Vujtek got his tournament leading 6th assist and Black was off to a 1-0 lead. Meloche is showing all of the hustle he did last year, but is scoring a little bit now. If he keeps it up, he'll make it very hard for the coaches to cut him.
Andrew Ference, who played a good offensive game again, routinely jumping into the attack. He did miss a golden opportunity from the slot though, sliding a shot wide of Caron.
Colby Armstrong, newly added to Team Black, scored to put Black ahead 2-0. He got to the front of the net and Matt Hussey hit him with a good pass. Caron made the initial save with his right leg, but Armstrong was able to pick up the rebound and make a move and beat Caron to the other side of the net. Armstrong showed nice hands on the play. He was always around the White goal and hustling in all three zones.
J-S Aubin rebounded very well from yesterday. He made a couple of pretty good saves on Zenon Konopka and Dan Lacouture during a flurry near the net, another on a partial break by Michel Ouellet, later on, and another good one on Tom Kostopolous.
Michal Sivek got tripped up by Ference and scored on the penalty shot to get White on the board. Black still led 2-1. Ference was yelling at Sivek about taking a dive. Ference did get the stick into him, but Sivek did go down a little easily.
Seconds later, Janne Laukkanen tripped up Ville Niemenen who made a nice fake before going forehand to put Black back up by 2 at 3-1. That closed out the action for the 1st quarter.
Shortly after the start of the 2nd quarter, center Matt Hussey interfered with Alex Rouleau. Rouleau made a nice move on Aubin, but he got a piece of it and the score remained 3-1 in favor of Black.
Aubin was tested again when Matt Murley got a couple good shots off from 5 feet. He kept him off the board though.
Toby Petersen hooked down Sivek, but he missed the net on his penalty shot attempt and Black still led 3-1.
Ference over-skated a loose puck as the whole Black team was headed up ice, and that led directly to a goal by Aleksey Morozov. Murley picked up the loose puck and slid it over to Morozov, who was positioned just inside the right wing circle. Morozov collected the puck and fired a wrist shot to the upper left corner. Black's lead was trimmed to 1, but they still led 3-2.
Bobby Russell scored a goal to restore the two-goal cushion for Black. Hans Jonsson and Erik Christensen got assists, and Black led 4-2. This was kind of fluky, as the puck his a partition in the glass and came right to Russell.
Rozsival pulled Jacques LaRiviere down as a whistle blew for an off-sides call. LaRiviere didn't like it at all, and made a beeline for him. Rozsival had no idea he was coming and LaRiviere grabbed him by the arm, pulled him around, and punched him in the chest. Koci jumped in quickly, and the two had at it. There isn't much to say about the fight itself though.
That was the end of the action for the first half. Black still led 4-2. Aubin didn't make as many spectacular saves as LaBrosse did yesterday, but was a big part of why the game was not tied at this point.
Dwight LaBrosse (Black) and David Chant (White) came in for their respective clubs to start the third quarter. Chant could be heard barking instructions for the rest of the game. He's definitely not shy about speaking up.
Not that much happened in the third period. Meloche had a couple of solid hits to go along with that hustle, knocking Lacouture off his skates.
Konopka hauled Bobby Russell off of his skates. Russell, a left shot, got Chant to go down into the splits with a move to the backhand, but Chant was able to get his glove up and grab it. He held his glove up high for a couple of seconds just to make sure everyone knew he had it. Showing off a little, perhaps?
Alex Daigle, who didn't play as well today, had a goal waived off late in the third. He was skating behind the net with the puck, but threw on the brakes and came back out the same side. LaBrosse was beaten on the play, but there were two guys fighting for position behind the net and had tilted it up, although it never came off the moorings. Nevertheless, it was a nice move by Daigle.
Murley got away with one, pulling Ference's skates out from him behind the net. Ference followed him, giving him a couple of shots. As the play went up the ice, both guys dropped the gloves and had a go. Again, neither player landed anything big. I don't think Murley, who played collegiate hockey, is all that experienced of a fighter, edge to Ference.
Daigle got an excellent chance, firing a slapshot from 15 feet. LaBrosse made a great save to keep the Black team up 4-2.
Black went up 5-3 on a goal by Wayne Primeau. They announced assists to Hussey and Ference. Hussey and Primeau do not normally play together (each plays center), so I'm not sure if that was right.
Ross Lupaschuk had a great chance from 20 feet. Morozov found him jumping into the play and hit him with a hard, flat pass. Lupaschuk got all of it on the one-timer, but hit the post. He can really gun the puck. He had a lot of net thanks to the good pass and his own quick release. Sivek forced LaBrosse to make another good save seconds later. LaBrosse did a nice job of coming out to challenge on the play.
Michal Rozsival went down with a knee injury late in the 4th (under 3 minutes left I think). He was on the ice for a few minutes before being helped off. He was putting no weight on his right leg and looked to be in some serious pain. Hopefully, it's not anything serious.
White came on in the 4th, but could not get anything by LaBrosse until it was too late. Daigle scored with less than 30 seconds left on a set play from a face-off. Beech won the puck back to Lupaschuk, found Daigle just inside the right wing circle. He ripped the puck high past LaBrosse. That was only the second goal LaBrosse allowed in the tournament at even-strength.
The clock wound down and Black won the tournament, 5-3. The tournament actually had a sponsor, Ruth's Chris Steak House, so everyone on the Black squad gets a free steak dinner there. Armstrong picked the right time to get on the Black team I guess.
Kris Beech and Michal Sivek had up and own games. For the most part they played very well, but I did see Beech holding the puck a little too long a couple of times and Sivek threw a couple of passes to no one in particular. Still, both played very well in the tournament overall, especially Beech. He exhibited excellent on-ice vision and passing skills many times.
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