Red hammers White to wrap mini-tournament
With goals by Geoff Sanderson, Patrick Thoresen, Matt Greene and David Rohlfs, Team Red won the training camp scrimmage mini-tournament after defeating Team White 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.. Ales Hemsky and dropped the gloves. Although Reynolds is several inches taller than Staios, the veteran defenceman held his own in the bout.
Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made a couple of nice saves early on. First, he denied David Rohlfs on a shot from the slot and then extended his left pad to take away what was a sure goal from Kyle Brodziak.
Several minutes later, Sanderson made a nice pass from the left point to Rohlfs streaking down the right side. Rohlfs drove to the net before firing it and Deslauriers made another big stop.
14 minutes into the opening frame, Reynolds fought again. This time, his fellow combatant was Tyler Spurgeon. At 5'11", Spurgeon looked even more overmatched than Staios. This time, Reynolds took down his opponent quickly.
At 17:58, Geoff Sanderson scored to finally break the 0-0 deadlock. Sanderson took a pass and skated up ice. After beating the defender one-on-one, he roofed it behind Deslauriers to give Team Red the 1-0 lead.
"I benefitted from a great play from Gilbert. He moved the puck up - it was kind of a give-and-go play up the left side," said Sanderson. "He hit me in stride going down the left wing. I caught the defenceman a little flat-footed and got to go to the net. Then I chipped it over the goalie's shoulder."
Sanderson was quick to give credit to his defenceman on the play.
"It was a great play by Gilbert. He's the one who showed a lot of poise with the puck to make the play."
With 15 seconds left in the first, Ales Hemsky went end-to-end in an attempt to tie the game up for Team White. Devan Dubnyk made a good pad stop to keep it scoreless.
With four seconds to go in the period, Staios took a holding penalty. On the ensuing faceoff, Deslauriers had to make a nice glove save on Dick Tarnstrom's blast right at the buzz.
After one period, shots on goal were favouring Team Red 9-4.
To start the second, Bryan Pitton replaced Devan Dubnyk in goal for Team Red and Glenn Fisher replaced Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers in net for Team White.
Just over a minute into the second, David Rohlfs scored to double the Team Red lead to 2-0. Rohlfs fired the puck short side for his first goal of camp.
Team Red continued to come at Team White, owning the play early on in the second. Fisher was called upon to make some big saves and he did just that.
Tom Gilbert ripped a shot from the left point and Fisher snagged it out of the air. Several minutes later, Sanderson rushed down the left side before snapping the puck on goal. Fisher again came up with a big glove stop.
Seven minutes into the second, Patrick Thoresen took a cross-ice pass from Brodziak through the slot and hit the twine to make it a 3-0 game in favour of Team Red. The assist was Brodziak's fourth point in two days of scrimmaging.
"It's been a fun two days," Brodziak commented.
Normally a centre, Brodziak has done well playing on the wing to start camp.
"Last year was pretty much the first year I played a little more wing. I probably played half the season on the right wing. It's hard to adjust at first but as games progress here I'll start to feel more comfortable and more confidence playing on the wing," he said. "I really enjoy it."
1:15 after the Thoresen goal, Matt Greene hammered a point shot that beat Fisher low to make it 4-0 for the Red team.
"It's good to see the progress that some of the young guys are making," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish following the game. "It's more or less a process to get some of the players into the exhibition games.
NOTES: Sheldon Souray (back) did not skate for the second straight day. Allan Rourke was added to Team White, coming over from Team Grey in Souray's absence... In the other scrimmage today, Dustin Penner scored two goals as Team Blue defeated Team Grey 3-2. Also scoring for Blue was Adam Huxley. Replying for Grey was T.J. Kemp (power play goal) and Robert Nilsson.