Ron Burgundy (no login) Posted Jun 21, 2011 5:16 PM
Ames, Iowa Bantam Camp Update, Recaps and Player Stats
Team W-L GF GA
Team Blue 2-0 10 5
Team White 2-0 8 4
Team Red 1-1 4 4
Team Black 1-1 7 8
Team Gold 0-2 2 6
Team Green 0-2 4 8
Game 1: White 3, Red 1
White won the game 3-1 with an empty net goal. The ice was tilted slightly White's way ... maybe 55/45 as far as play goes. Best forward on the ice in this game was an Illinois player, #11 Red from CYA (Anthony Tzven?) He played a strong game, setting up both White goals. Ty Byce from Madison and Lucas Finner from Illinois were also strong upfront for Team White. Defensively, Blake Wareham was the top player on the ice, followed by a very skilled but very small player from Wisconsin, Anthony Stillwell. Stillwell and Finner scored the White goals. Not sure who snagged the empty netter. Blues goalie Luke Opilka pitched a firsat half shut-out, making some nice stops.
Team Red's best chances came from Andrew Richter of Illinois, who also set up the only goal for White, feeding Cole Chatham from Missouri (Afton?). Sam McCormick from Wisconsin also had a good game. Defensively, there is no denying the skill of Vasili Kollas, but he needs to stop trying to do it all himself. He was constantly in deep instead of moving the puck to the many skilled forwards on this team. Ben Rucker from St. Louis was solid on defense, as was Stanley Jalczak from Illinois.
Game 2: Blue 3, Gold 1
Blue won the game 3-1 with an empty netter. Tarke Baker (Madison), Kevin Conley (Green Bay) and Jordan Hank (Russel Stover) were the engine that moved this train upfront. Also a very tiny but very VERY skilled Michael Floodstrand from Illinois made an impact. Wisconsin boys Evan Cholak and Tarek Baker sniped the 2 goals for Team Blue while Charles Raith from Illinois was an absolute dynamo on defense. Joseph Matthews of St. Louis was the other defensive standout for Team Blue, while Liam McCann pitched a shut out in his half of the game.
Van Barr (Russel Stover) and Parker Mitchem (St. Louis) ranm the show for Team Gold offensively. Mitchem got the only goal, cleaning up a Michael Davies point shot. Davies and Wisconsin defensemen Chris Keliher kept Team Gold in it, as did Jake Thornton (Wisconsin) who played a shut out in his half between the pipes.
Game 3: Black 3, Green 1
Team Green is stacked on paper. Keith Tkachuk is coaching a group of his St. Louis boys (Espenschied, Wilson, Young, Mudra, Radetic) in addition to Mission sniper Christian Fischer and also Nikolas Kropp of Illinois. He also has the biggest goalie in camp, Cooper Marshall and Omaha U16 phenom Ethan Price. These guys are loaded and it showed in the first 10 minutes of this game, as Team Green was all over the Black squad but Black wouldn't crack.
Defensively, Black is big with Tony Dello, Adam Parsells and Michael Jovaux from Illinois and also Drew Croghan from Missouri (Afton?). The defence held and then Russel Stover Star Jesse Gabrielle began to tilt the ice the other way with his big hits and relentless forecheck. Team Black coach made some adjustments, putting Gabrielle with Milwaukee's Michael Gilbert and Zab O'Bryan from St. Louis. That line hemmed the Green Team in pretty good. Ethan price sniped first, but the Gabrielle/Gilbert/O'Bryan line answered right back and continued to press. CYA's Brent Sagvich scored the go-ahead goal for Team Black and then Jesse Gabrielle put it away with about 7 minutes to go. The VERY SMALL Team Black goaltending tandem of Brady Neal and Thomas Laken, both from Illinois, were outstanding.
Game 4: White 5, Green 3
As was the case in Green's opening game, they played the first 10 minutes in the opponents end but could not score. Instead, Team white game 1 star Anthony
Tzveun (CYA) was sprung by tiny Ryan Finnegan of Russel Stover. 1-0 White. The Green attack continued when Kole Mudra (St. Louis) converted a mad scramble
in front of White goal, slipping one by Liam McCann. The 25 minute running time half ended 1-1.
The second half began with the ritual goaltender swap, bring in both St. Louis goaltenders, Opilka for White and Young for Green. Both young men would see
plenty of action. The zecond half was not as one-sided as the first, but more even keel. It was little Finnegan who would steal the show. The tiny forward
split the Green defense but couldn't find the puck in time for a shot. Instead he smartly gathered it in behind the net and fed big Tzveun in front for his
2nd goal of the day. Off the ensuing faceoff Anthony Stillwell dumped it deep in Green territory where Finnegan scooped it up and dished it to the slot to
a waiting Tzuen for the hat trick. These two oddly matched players (very big and very small) have some chemistry going.
Team Green would answer back on a beautiful drive to the net by Tommy Espenschied. He didn't score, but the Mission's Christian Fischer was there to pocket
the rebound. 3-2 White.
Finnegan would intercept a d-to-d pass for another breakaway. His move to the right didn't fool Young, but big Jacob Henderson (St. Louis) followed up for
Ethan Price would close the gap again, streaking down the left wing in signature fashion and sniping the glove corner on a beautifulo snap shot. 4-3 White.
Ty Byce from Madison would close the scoring on a nifty walk out from the corner making it 5-3 White.
Team White is now 2-0, 8gf, 4ga. Team Green is 0-2, 4gf, 8ga
Game notes: Espechied was playing forward. Listed Green forward Alex Manske not dressed. Team White has a trio of immensely talented little guys.
Finnegan from Russel Stover, Stillwell from Green Bay and Finner from Illinois. All very small but incredibly talented. Stilwell may have been best
defensemen and Finnegan was smartest player on ice today.
Game 5: Team Blue 7, Team Black 4
This was a terrific battle for most of the game, featuring a lot of great end-to-end hockey by both teams. CYA's Evan Cholak opened the scoring for Team
Blue early on and Henry Cutting withstood an early Black barage to keep it 1-0 Team Blue through the first half of the opening frame before Madison's Tarek
Baker snagged a loose puck at the blue line, skated to the slot and sniped home the games second goal and his second of the camp. On the next shift, Joseph
Matthews from St. Louis put one on net, scooped up by fellow Blues team mates Luke Kunin and sent to Luke Notterman in the slot, who put it through traffic
and gave the Blue team a 3-0 lead.
Tanner Laczynski of Illinois would answer back for Team Black before the half ended, burying the rebound on a shot from Jesse Gabrielle.
Team Black would strike first in the second half as Jesse Gabrielle fed Illinois defenseman Tony Dello on the point, who put one on net, with St. Louis
forward Austin Reuschoff on the doorstep waiting to take out the trash. 3-2 Blue.
Team Blue would answer back in similar fashion, with Nebraska's Jordan hank waiting at the side of the Black net to clean up a scramble. 4-2 Blue.
The next goal came when Jesse Gabrielle appeared to bury an Austin Reuschoff feed that somehow Liam McCann was able to get a piece of, but Milwaukee's
Michealangelo Gilbert was Johnny-on-the-spot to net the rebound. 4-3 Blue.
Jesse Gabrielle (Russel Stover) would then tie the game on a highlight reel play, forechecking Team Blue defenseman Zach Schmidt and forcing the turnover.
He then scooped the puck, went wide around Schmidt and came down all alone on McCann, showing forhand before pulling it backand and burying it top shelf. 4
However, Team Blue would take over from there, scoring 3 unanswered goals, the first by Kevin Conley before Hank and Cholak would each bury their second of
the game. 7-4 Team Blue Final.
Team Blue is now 2-0, 10gf, 5ga. Team Black is 1-1, 7gf, 8ga
Game 6: Team Red 3, Team Gold 1
This game ended 3-1 with an empty netter at the end.
The first impression of this game was, wow, Sam McCormick is a hell of a hockey player! He is, of course, but looked really slick in his first couple of
shifts. Just a great skater who finishes checks and makes smart plays with and without the puck. He has a bright future, as do many of the boys here this
weekend. However, the red jersey Sam was wearing, and all the other red jerseys, quickly got hemmed into their own zone. Team Gold has a pair of legitimate
quarterbacks on the blue line in Michael davies and Chris keliher, and these guys kept their swarming forwards deep in red territory and buzzing around the
team Red goaltender (Jurisik) for most of the first half. Team Golod finally did score when Jordan fader from Wisconsin popped in a loose puck feed from
Beau Cook (Russel Stover) to make it 1-0 Team Gold. Despite an all star cast on Team Red, including Ben Rucker and Vasilli Kolas on defense and upfront a
stacked lineup featuring Cole Chatham (Afton?), Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis), Sam McCormack (Green Bay) and Illinois forwards Andrew Richter, Nicolas Cordelli
and Anthony Faron - Team Red just couldn't seem to get anything going.
The game stayed that way through most of the second half, with Team Gold swarming Russel Stover netminder Max Kerner, who was up to the task, stoning the
likes of Michael Davies (St. Louis), Tommy Novak (Fire) and fellow Stover team mate Van Barr.
Then something weird happened.
Team Red forward Matthew Tkachuk jumped on a loose puck in the neutral zone and was off to the races ... so it appeared. Until 6'2" defenseman Cristian
Evers from West Des Moines used his long stride and deceptive speed to catch the St. Louis forward and overtake him. The two got tangled up and the much
smaller Tkachuck ended up on the ground and ripping Evers stick from his hands as it happened. When he got up, the bigger Evers shoved him back down, which
immediately got an arm up from the officials. Then, inexplicably, a man at the scouting tables in the stands who was standing beside Matthews father, Keith
Tkachuk yelled to the on ice official and gave him the penalty shot sign. The on ice official obliged the man and gave the younger Tkachuk a free shot on
Iowa netminder Lucan Van Dyke. The Stover goalie read it well and gave Tkachuck only the post to hit, which he did, so maybe no harm done - or maybe not.
From that point on, Tkachuck took over the game, missing a few golden opportunities but cashing in as well. He set up team mate Ben Rucker at the blue line
and then tipped Rucker's slapshot past van Dyke to tie the game at 1-1. Several shifts later he found new Blues team mate Cole Chatham alone in the slot and
Chatham put it home to take the lead. He was also on the ice when Team Red put it out of reach with an empty net goal as the clock was winding down.
Matthew is an elite player who was having a non-descript camp up to that point. Wether getting shoved down woke him up or missing the penalty shot ...
whatever it was ... Team Red needed him to step up and he did.
As far as calling the penalty shot from the stands goes, it should be noted that there is an officials camp going on here at the same time and the on-ice
officials are also being trained and evaluated with morning workouts and everything (they actually change crews at half time of each game). The call from
the stands could absolutely be tied in with that. Also, there are no power plays in this camp, so the penalty shot call could also have had something to do
with the shove to the ice from the bigger boy to the smaller boy. I am not sure. Evers made a great play to catch Tkachuck and thwart the breakaway so I'm
sure the call had nothing to do with that, although it could have if the guy in the stands saw it differently. It was just seemed weird that a call was made
from the stands and done so to benefit the son of a high profile NHL hockey player, who also happens to be coaching in this camp AND standing right beside
the guy who made the call from the stands. But like I said, this is not typical hockey, there are other things going on regarding the officials and the
outcomes really don't mean much, so, just an interesting situation. There was a lot of buzz in the stands, as one might imagine, but really amounts to
nothing more than a foot note.
Game stars in this game go to Team Red goalies Jurusik and Kerner and to Matthew Tkachuck.
Team Red is now 1-1, 4gf, 4ga. Team Gold is 0-2, 2gf, 6ga.
Goalie Stats - all players through 2 games, 50 minutes play
Team # Player Winter Team GAA
Team Gold 35 Thornton (Wisc. A, Sun Prairie) 0
Team Red 35 Kerner (Russel Stover) 1
Team White 35 Wendlendt (MN Bantam A) 2
Team White 1 Opilka (Stl Blues) 2
Team Red 1 Jurisik (Mission) 2
Team Blue 1 Cutting (Wisc. Bantam A) 2
Team Blue 35 McCann (CYA) 3
Team Gold 1 Van Dyke (Russel Stover) 4
Team Black 35 Laken (Wisc. Bantam A) 4
Team Black 1 Neal (Mission) 4
Team Green 1 Young (Stl Blues) 4
Team Green 35 Marshall (CYA) 4
Empty Net 3
Player Stats - all players through 2 games (empty net goals not included)
Team # Player Winter Team G A Pts
Team Black 8 Gabrielle Russel Stover 2 4 6
Team White 11 Tzveyn CYA 3 2 5
Team White 9 Finnegan Russel Stover 0 4 4
Team Blue 16 Cholak CYA 3 0 3
Team Blue 10 Baker Madison Capitols 2 1 3
Team Black 10 Rueschoff Stl. Blues 1 2 3
Team Black 14 Gilbert Milwaukee Admirals 2 0 2
Team Blue 9 Hank Russel Stover 2 0 2
Team Green 12 Price Omaha U16 2 0 2
Team White 8 Byce Madison Capitols 1 1 2
Team Red 10 Tkachuck Stl. Blues 1 1 2
Team Red 8 Chatham Afton Americans 1 1 2
Team Blue 14 Floodstrand Mission 0 2 2
Team Blue 13 Kunin Stl. Blues 0 2 2
Team Blue 3 Matthews Stl. Blues 0 2 2
Team Black 16 Dufresne Wisconsin Bantam A 0 2 2
Team Black 9 Segvich CYA 1 0 1
Team Black 12 Laczynski Mission 1 0 1
Team Blue 11 Notterman Minnesota Bantam A 1 0 1
Team Blue 12 Conley Green Bay 1 0 1
Team White 3 Stillwell Green Bay 1 0 1
Team White 14 Finner Chicago Blues 1 0 1
Team White 10 Henderson Stl. Blues 1 0 1
Team Black 13 O'Bryan Stl. Blues 1 0 1
Team Green 9 Fischer Mission 1 0 1
Team Green 8 Mudra Stl. Blues 1 0 1
Team Gold 9 Mitchem Stl. Blues 1 0 1
Team Gold 12 Fader Wisconsin Bantam A 1 0 1
Team Black 2 Dello Mission 0 1 1
Team Red 6 Rucker Stl. Blues 0 1 1
Team Red 13 Richter Mission 0 1 1
Team Green 2 Espenscheid Stl. Blues 0 1 1
Team Green 11 Kropp CYA 0 1 1
Team Green 13 Perkins Wisconsin Bantam A 0 1 1
Team Gold 5 Davies Stl. Blues 0 1 1
Team Gold 10 Cook Russel Stover 0 1 1
Team Blue 8 Hoffman Mission 0 1 1