Selection Camp Day 1; Red defeats White 3-1
Phillip Danault, Frank Corrado and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored as Team Red defeated Team White 3-1 Tuesday night. Watch the video below for post-game comments from RNH, Corrado and Ryan Murphy.
Just had a chance to catch up with Oilers Head Amateur Scout Stu MacGregor prior to the warm-up:
Here are the lineups:
Charles Hudon - Ryan Strome - Brett Ritchie
Daniel Catenacci - Boone Jenner - Ty Rattie
Sean Monahan - Tyler Graovac - Mark McNeill
Scott Harrington - Xavier Ouellet
Adam Pelech - Ryan Murphy
Derrick Pouliot - Ryan Sproul
Jonathan Huberdeau - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Mark Scheifele
Jonathan Drouin - Nathan MacKinnon - JC Lipon
Anthony Camara - Phillip Danault - Tom Wilson
Morgan Rielly - Dougie Hamilton
Tyler Wotherspoon - Frank Corrado
Griffin Reinhart - Mathew Dumba
Who says intrasquad games don't matter? This one has a quick pace to it -- both teams have cycled through their lines once as the action sways end-to-end. With some nifty stickwork in the slot, Nugent-Hopkins sets up Scheifele for a shot, but White's Jake Paterson makes an easy glove save.
With 11:06 remaining in the period, RNH spotted his linemate alone in the slot once again. The quick one-time shot by the Winnipeg Jets prospect was smothered by the netminder, however.
I feel like I'm repeating myself, but Nugent-Hopkins is involved once more as Jonathan Drouin dishes off, allowing the 19-year-old to snap a shot on goal. Again, Paterson is there.
With 6:30 on the clock, Red's Tyler Wotherspoon was assessed a tripping minor. While White peppered Jordan Binnington with several high-quality chances, the game remained scoreless.
Following a dominant shift in which RNH and Scheifele continued to work their magic, the mismatched combinations allowed Huberdeau to scoot in undetected and rip a shot that caught the base of Paterson's right post.
Another Red penalty -- a delay of game minor served by Tom Wilson -- gave White another power-play late in the opening period. Much like their earlier opportunity, the colourless club came up empty. Team Red led 5-3 in shots after one period.
Just for fun, both teams had a post-period shootout. The goalies continued to be the story -- until Huberdeau cut in and made Paterson look foolish by slipping the puck past him at the last second as he crashed the crease. Nugent-Hopkins' attempt didn't amount to much, despite being serenaded by the pro-Oiler packed house.
Since it's essentially a controlled scrimmage, there are going to be a couple forced situations to see how the teams adapt. To start the second, White has been given a power-play. Nugent-Hopkins is on the PK.
Just as the 'penalty' expired, a cross-crease feed appeared to give Daniel Catenacci a wide-open net to shoot for, but his sights are a little off, allowing Binnington to get back to a spot where he could make the save.
Riding that momentum, Red came back and nearly notched the icebreaker but Wilson's close-in shot struck iron. Another furious Red sequence seconds later almost resulted in a Francis Beauvillier goal, but Paterson made a sensational, off-the-goal-line denial to preserve the 0-0 score.
Red's onslaught contnued as the period's midway point approached. A three-way passing play initiated and executed by the speedy Drouin provided another 'Ooh!' moments for the fans, but Paterson said no.
Red went to the power-play with 8:30 remaining. At the same time, the teams made a goalie switch. In came Edmonton Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit for Red -- and, at the other end, it was Belleville Bulls star Malcolm Subban. Subban held the fort, stopping both shots Red tested with him to successfully kill Ryan Murphy's infraction.
Mat Dumba is usually the one dishing them out, but Brett Ritchie just crunched him with a heavy side-board hit at the blue line. That one made some noise.
Red extended to a 15-7 shot lead after two periods.
Just 1:02 into the period, Nathan MacKinnon accepted a slick centering pass and hammered a shot on goal, but Subban stood tall.
White's Ritchie, showcasing his chippy side, gave Nugent-Hopkins an extra shot as he drove the net. RNH replied with a heavy-handed chop to the heel.
TEAM RED GOAL: Phillip Danault races down the middle, slips into the slot and wires a long-range wrister past Subban on his team's 21st shot. 5:39 to play, 1-0.
TEAM WHITE GOAL: Less than a minute later, Hunter Shinkaruk crashes the net and picks up a rebound that he promptly deposits upstairs over Brossoit to make it a 1-1 game with under 5:00 to play.
TEAM RED GOAL: The goals kept coming and this one had some mustard on it. With less than a minute to go, Frank Corrado buried a shot past Subban to give Red a 2-1 lead late.
TEAM RED GOAL: It's only appropriate that the game's best player, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, could ice the outcome with an empty-net marker.
Team Red wins 3-1 over Team White. The colours also won the SOG battle, besting White by three shots in a 26-23 tally.
Good morning, Calgary! I've arrived bright and early at the Markin MacPhail Centre where Team Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp is about to begin. In what promises to be a busy day, the 37-man contingent has divided into two groups (Team Red and Team White, appropriately enough) and will practice at at 10:15 and 11:30am.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is on Team Red and will be hitting the ice in about 30 minutes. Follow the link for rosters and schedule information. Stay tuned all day as I'll be providing live updates, video, articles and more.
Nugent-Hopkins is skating on a line with WJC-veteran and Florida Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau. Flanking his other wing is Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele. Observation: Laurent Brossoit is having a solid practice to this point, stoning RNH and other Red hotshots over and over. Brossoit needs a big camp to have a chance to make the team. Right now it's expected that Belleville Bulls goaltender Malcolm Subban will secure the starting role.
Fortunately, I survived multiple elbows to the face while navigating the mix zone where players conducted post-practice interviews. The camera survived, too, so I'll have a video update with Nugent-Hopkins and Huberdeau up shortly.
"Everybody's going hard. In a tournament like this, it's going to be very intense -- as intense as the AHL or NHL. I know to expect that and I'm excited for it." - Nugent-Hopkins. Watch the full video:
Apparently Nugent-Hopkins is rooming with 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon, who's expected by many to follow in RNH's footsteps by going No. 1 overall at the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Story to come on that later.
I also had a chance to speak to Brossoit about the pressure he's facing this week. He's not bothered by it in the slightest.
It's hard cold in this rink. That's what happens when you sit about 15 feet from the ice surface, but it's a small price to pay. Right now Team Red and Team White are probably grabbing a pre-game nap back at the hotel. In the meantime, I've posted on story on Nugent-Hopkins' role as a mentor to 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon:
"He's in a very similar situation as I was. It's good to be able to room with him and ease his mind a little bit and let him know what to expect. He's a really mature kid and he's handled it well." - Nugent-Hopkins on MacKinnon
One of the more compelling quotes I heard during Nugent-Hopkins' availability this morning spoke to team chemistry. RNH believes Canada can have all the talent in the world, but it won't matter unless there's a committed effort to come together as one:
"If we come together off the ice, things will come together on it." - Nugent-Hopkins. Read the full story.
Tonight's Red/White game won't be broadcast anywhere. So if you're unable to make it out to the Markin MacPhail Centre, follow along here as I'll be providing minute-by-minute updates, similar to our Oklahoma City Barons and Oilers game coverage.
-- Ryan Dittrick, edmontonoilers.com | Follow me on Twitter @ryandittrick