Blackhawks prospect camp finished with a thriller of a scrimmage on Friday. The goals came early and fairly often in this one.
The Red Team was looking to go undefeated in three scrimmages at camp and they got off to a great start towards that goal, courtesy of Bartlett, Illinois native Vincent Hinostroza. The tally came at the 1:48 mark of the opening frame after defenseman Joe Gleason led a beautiful rush up ice and dished the puck to Hinostroza in the slot, who finished it with ease for his first marker of camp. About six minutes later, defenseman Adam Clendening buried a Kevin Hayes rebound to tie it at one. Hayes, Chicago’s first round (24th overall) draft pick in 2010, danced around much of the Red defense in order to get his shot off. Hayes was at it again four minutes later when he found Brandon Saad in the high slot and sent a nice pass in his direction. Saad, Chicago’s second round (43rd overall) draft choice in 2011, let a wicked shot go to give White the 2-1 lead.
Red answered back 37 seconds later as Hinostroza–their sixth round pick in 2012–set up Swiss free agent forward Denis Hollenstein for his first goal of camp. Red wasn’t finished in the opening twenty minutes just yet though. Terry Broadhurst drove to the net and banged home a Mark McNeill rebound to give his team their second lead of the afternoon.
Saad dazzled at the 4:27 mark of the second period. The Gibsonia, Pennsylvania native found himself on a breakaway, showed off some pretty moves, deked, and sent the puck past Matt Tomkins’ right pad for his second goal of the game to make it 3-3. White ended up with another breakaway with 12:16 to go in the period. This time, it was free agent forward Ryan Carpenter from Bowling Green State University. He slipped one by Tomkins’ left pad to give his team the 4-3 lead.
Latvian free agent forward Miks Indrasis tied the game up at four in the third period as he drove to the net and put home a rebound. Red regained the lead with Broadhurst’s second tally of the day after his backhanded shot found its way into the back of the net.
White was pushing hard for the equalizer late in the third when they got a grand opportunity to score with 5:37 to go. Teuvo Teravainen was called for holding, giving White a power play. White wasn’t able to convert and even gave up a shorthanded breakaway to Indrasis, but netminder Troy Grosenick made the pad save. With 1:28 to go, White called their timeout and pulled Grosenick for the sixth attacker, but it was to no avail. Saad tried to pick the corner–and tried to go for the hat trick–with about three seconds to go, but White fell to Red 5-4 on the last day of prospect camp.
-Goalies Splits: Matt Tomkins was between the pipes for the Red Team for a period and a half and then Eric Mihalik took over for the rest of the game. Andrew Hammond was in net for White for a period and a half and then Troy Grosenick took over for the remainder of the scrimmage.
-The lines changed more than they had in camp throughout this scrimmage; the D remained pretty much the same though:
Terry Broadhurst – Teuvo Teravainen – Mark McNeill
Miks Indrasis – Alex Broadhurst – Maxim Shalunov
Dan Delisle/Denis Hollenstein – Vincent Hinostroza – Mikhail Plotnikov/Kyle De Laurell
Daniel Carr – Pat Mullane – Chris Martin
Sam Jardine – Justin Holl
Travis Brown – Mat Bodie*
Braden Birch – Joe Gleason
Jake Chelios – Chris Casto
*Bodie had been on White all week long until today’s scrimmage.
Kevin Hayes – Brandon Saad – Chris Calnan
Garret Ross – Phillip Danault – Joakim Nordstrom
Aaron Schmit – Matthew Lindblad – Matthew Lorito/Nick McParland
Kyle Bonis – Ryan Carpenter – Adam Berkle
Klas Dahlbeck* – Adam Clendening
Nick Mattson – Mark Nemec
Viktor Svedberg – Michael Paliotta
Paul Phillips – Steven Spinell
*Dahlbeck had been on Red all week until today’s scrimmage.
-Scratched for the White Team were goaltenders Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth. Netminder Brandon Whitney was a late scratch for the Red Team. He had participated in warm-ups and was the back-up goalie during the first period, but then left the ice. Defenseman Dillon Fournier, the Hawks’ second round pick in 2012, and goalie Johan Mattsson, the Hawks’ seventh round pick in 2011, did not participate at all this week at camp due to injuries.
-The players on the ice when White pulled Troy Grosenick for the sixth attacker were: Kevin Hayes, Brandon Saad, Chris Calnan, Phillip Danault, Adam Clendening, and Klas Dahlbeck. On another shift, Joakim Nordstrom replaced Danault.
-Red went 0-for-3 on the power play and White went 0-for-2 on the power play today. As a whole, no power play goals were scored during the three games. In other words, the baby Hawks are right on par with the big club.
-Red’s record at the end of three scrimmages: 3-0-0. White’s record at the end of three scrimmages: 0-2-1. Red won the Prospect Camp Trophy, as seen in the picture at the beginning of the post.
-Patrick Kane was on hand at Johnny’s Ice House West for the scrimmage today.
-Check out Chris Calnan mic’d up, courtesy of Blackhawks TV.