Instersquad scrimmage game summary from Hockey Canada
Jamie Benn (Victoria, BC/Kelowna, WHL) scored once and added an assist as Team Red earned bragging rights at the National Junior Team development camp with a 4-2 win over Team White in the final intersquad game on Tuesday night in Ottawa.
After a furious end-to-end first period it was Red who found the scoreboard first, as Maxime Sauvé (Boisbriand, QC/Val-d’Or, QMJHL) beat White goaltender Chet Pickard (Winnipeg, MB/Tri-City, WHL) with a backhand along the ice with just over a minute to go in the frame.
Goals from Benn and Cody Hodgson (Markham, ON/Brampton, OHL) gave Red a 3-0 lead before the midway point of the second period, but John Tavares (Oakville, ON/Oshawa, OHL) counted White’s first goal with just 52 seconds left in the middle frame, hoping to spark his team to a comeback much like the one Red almost pulled off one night earlier.
Trailing 4-0 late in the second period on Monday night, Team Red rattled off three consecutive goals to cut the lead to one before succumbing to White by a final of 4-3.
Unfortunately for Team White there was to be no comeback on the ice at the University of Ottawa Sports Complex, as Colton Gillies (Surrey, BC/Saskatoon, WHL) restored the three-goal lead for Team Red just over two minutes into the final period.
A goal from Patrice Cormier (Cap-Pelé, NB/Rimouski, QMJHL) with just 17 seconds to go rounded out the scoring for Team White, who dropped two of the three intersquad games – Team Red won the opener 4-1 on Sunday night.
Jake Allen (New Maryland, NB/St. John’s, QMJHL) and Dustin Tokarski (Watson, SK/Spokane, WHL) split the goaltending duties for the victorious Team Red, turning away 24 of 26 shots, while Pickard and Tyson Sexsmith (Priddis, AB/Vancouver, WHL) stopped 34 of 38 for Team White in a losing cause.
With the development camp wrapped up – players and staff will take part in a 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship golf tournament on Wednesday – the next step comes in early December, when the selection camp roster is released.Not mentioned: For team red Chris DiDomenico (Sea Dogs) had an assist on Cody Hodgson's goal while Yann Sauvé assisted on Colton Gillies goal. For team white Nicolas Deschamps (Chicoutimi) and Kelsey Tessier (Quebec) also had assists.
TSN also aired a feature (video link) on the fight for Team Canada's goaltending position. They interviewed all of les dreamy gardiens including QMJHL's latest hero and Team Canada IIHF under 18 gold medal winner and tournament MVP Jake Allen (Jr. de Montreal).
Watch as they interview Dustin Tokarski (Spokane), you will spot what appears to be a big hickey on his neck. From where did this hickey come? Was it a gift from the Spokane Chiefs main lady Heather. Perhaps it was a thank you gift from the rest of team Red. Who wouldn't want Yann Sauvé nibbling on their neck? Toka just could not say no.
Is it a coincidence that hickey and hockey are separated by only one letter?