Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2005, Day 3
September 16, 2005
Team EJ vs. Team Badger
EJ wins, 4-2
There wasn't much reason to chart the lines today. Both teams rotated 5 defensemen (Scuderi did not play again for EJ). Badger was short a forward due to Endicott's high ankle sprain. Endicott was seen hobbling around on crutches and what appeared to be a soft cast. Team EJ's forwards lines were the same as yesterday for the most part until Armstrong left the ice early. I don't think he returned. He skated off okay though...
EJ penalty - Patrick trip. Koltsov hit the post.
EJ penalty - Gonchar cross-check. Morrison stopped by Chiodo.
EJ penalty - Gutierrez trip. Rouleau stopped by Chiodo.
Badger Goal, Badger leads 1-0. Christensen (unassisted). Christensen was the recipient of a neutral zone turnover that led to a 2 on 1. He looked off the other player and fired one in.
EJ goal, tied 1-1. Salmonsson (R. Fata)
EJ goal, EJ leads 2-1 McLean (Kelleher, R. Fata)
EJ goal, EJ leads 3-1 R. Fata (Hansen, Salmonsson) Fata slammed in the pass from right on top of Caron.
Badger goal, Badger trails 2-3. Koltsov (Rouleau, Poapst) Koltsov with a tip-in of a Rouleau shot from the point.
EJ goal, EJ leads 4-2 R. Fata (Salmonsson, Gonchar) Salmonsson unselfishly passed to Fata for the empty net goal.
Koltsov was everywhere. His shot still needs plenty of work in the accuracy department, but he created chance after chance with his speed.
Malone looked a little better, but still looks off. Christensen fell off a little from yesterday, but still had a decent game.
Salmonsson seems to step it up a little after Armstrong left. He's another speedster but is real lanky right now. Hustled everywhere, great back checker and forechecker. Give him some time in the weight room and he should eventually be a good player for the Penguins.
Team EJ did a better job looking for their point men today. Gonchar actually got a couple of shots. He was also pretty good in his own end.
Orpik was jumping into the play often today. On one occasion, he led a rush and was then able to get back in position before the other team could get on the attack.
Team Herbie vs. Team Francis
Francis wins, 5-2.
Lines were the same as yesterday, though Mike Yeo switched Talbot and Crosby around for a little while. Thibault played the entire game today for Francis. Sabourin did not get into the game. Thibault looked very good.
Francis goal, Francis leads 1-0. Nasreddine (Palffy, Pirjeta) Palffy made an excellent pass to a Nasreddine who was coming late, and he put a wrister over Fleury from the circle.
Francis penalty - Whitney hold. Stone was stopped by Fleury.
Herbie penalty - Jackman trip. Surovy made a nice move, but was stopped by Fleury.
Francis penalty - Paddock hold. LeClair shot wide. He was at the end of a shift a was gassed.
Herbie goal, tied 1-1. Filewich (Crosby) Crosby saw Filewich breaking for the net and hit him with another great pass. Thibault made the initial save but Filewich stuffed the rebound under him and into the net.
Francis goal, Francis leads 2-1. Hussey (Nasreddine, Letang)
Herbie goal, tied 2-2. D. Fata (Kennedy)
Francis goal, Francis leads 3-2. Surovy (Paddock, Lefebvre) Paddock threw a pass out of the corner to Surovy who was on top of the crease. Surovy deflected it over Fleury. It looked like he should've been covered by Crosby.
Herbie penalty - Crosby slash. Whitney puts a nice wrister by Fleury and Francis leads 4-2. Crosby slashed Whitney's stick in half and then couldn't believe that call. You could hear him yelling about it.
Francis goal, Francis leads 5-2. Surovy (Lefebvre) Empty net goal.
Despite the final score, Fleury played very well. There could have been another 2-3 goals if he hadn't been as sharp. The first period wasn't too tough for him, but he was really tested in the second.
Filewich looks to be a pretty good prospect. He signed his 1st pro contract back on July 27 (along with Bissonette, Dixon, and Carcillo) so look for him to challenge for a prominent role there. At 6'2, 205, he has decent size and has good speed to go with it along with a nose for the net.
Crosby dropped off a little today. He was still passing well and got a few chances himself, but they didn't go his way today. Crosby had a penalty shot chance as well. Everyone was really excited as he skated in... and shot wide. No move, no nothing.
Despite only 1 assist, Palffy was more visible today. The pass to Nasreddine seemed to come out of nowhere. Excellent vision by him to create that chance.
Thanks for the memories Ron! Viva la Francis!
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