Ron Burgundy (no login) Posted Jun 22, 2011 4:29 PM
Game 7: Gold 6, Black 4
This one was a story of two halves, with Black dominating the first half and Gold dominating the second. The scoring started on the very first shift as Russel Stover star Jesse Gabrielle chipped a breakout pass up to Wisconsin forward Collin Peters, creating a 2-on--1 with St. Louis forward Zane O'Btyan. Peters fed it across beatifully and O'Bryan slid it past Stover netminder Lucas Van Dyke. The very next shift Tanner Laczynski of the Chicago Mission buried a Brent Segvich (CYA) feed and just like that it was 2-0 Team Black. Team Gold would fight back a little but got stoned by Illinois goaltender Brady Neal. Most of the opening half took place in the Gold zone with Van Dyke getting peppered from all angles. Drew Croghan (Afton) looked spectacular on an end to end rush which he finished through the 5-hole of Van Dyke and St. Louis forward Austin Reuschoff finished the first half scoring by tipping home a pointshotfrom Mission defenseman Michael Joyaux. Halftime score, Black 4, Gold 0.
The second half started strong for Gold as Russel Stover forward Van Barr got hot, setting up CYA forward Nicolas Pigozzi with a nice low shot on the pads of Team Black Thomas Laken (Wisconsin). Pigozzi cleaned up the rebound. On the ensuing faceoff Barr jumped on a losse puck and worked his way to the slot where he sniped it to close the gap to 4-2. Then the Wisconsin connection of Tommy Novak (Wisconsin Fire) and TJ Polglaze would take it from there, connecting on the next 2 goals before Christian Evers (NPI Leafs) would explode from his own zone straight down the middle, splitting the black defence and going in on Laken to shelf the go-ahead goal. The scoring ended just as it had started for Team Gold with Pigozzi cashing in a Barr rebound to end the game 6-4 in favor of the Gold Team.
The story of the game is two-fold. Firstly, whatever the coach said at halftime worked, as this talented group had been held to just 2 goals through 2 1/2 games of hockey here despite controlling play for the most part all the way through. Good to see them find their touch and with 2 games left they may be the team to beat.
Another big developing story here the young Bantam A goaltender from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Jake Thornton, who is just putting on a clinic here. Through 3 games he has yet to give up a goal. In this game he was peppered by the likes of Gilbert, Gabrielle, O'Bryan and Reuschoff to name a few, but wouldn't crack. No other goalie in camp is close, as Opilka (St. Louis) and McCann (CYA) have both given up 3 and they are next closest. Can the young unkown kid from rural Wisconsin steal the show here in Ames? So far he has.
Game 8: Green 9, Red 3
It was just a matter of time before this stacked Green team exploded and today was the time. Team Red actually scored the first two goals of this game - both by Mission forward Andrew Richter, who was also due to break out. The first was a cleanup job on a Justin Drapoo (Wisconsin) point shot and the second was a nifty cross slot feed from linemate Matthew Tkachuk.
From that point on the Green flood gates were wide open. Fischer (Mission) from Perkins (Wisconsin). Fischer from Perkins and Espenchied (St. Louis). Heimman (Russel Stover) from Mudra (St. Louis). Perkins unassisted. Heiman unassisted on a breakaway. Price (Omaha U16) cleaning up a Gysbers (Wisconsin) rebound. At the half, young Max Kerner (Russel Stover) had been pelted for 6 goals after allowing just 1 through the previous 2 games. 6-2 in favor of Green.
Green kept up the pressure in the second half, pelting Matt Jurisik from every angle. we did have one penalty shot awarded for covering the puck in the crease. Stover centerman Andrew Heiman had the honors but lost the puck in his skates as he tried a move at the crease. St. Louis forward Luke Radetic, who had been quiet thus far, found the net twice for Team Green, as did fellow Blues team mate Tommy Espenchied. Rounding out the scoring was Wisconsin forward kevin Ford with a final score of 9-3.
Game Note: Thane Owens (Russel Stover) left the game after a few minutes and had his shoulder iced down by medics. He did not return to the game.
Game 9: Blue 3, White 2
This was a battle of the last 2 undefeated teams and it was a good one. Back and forth action here from two evenly matched, deep and talented squads. Scoring opened on a blistering point shot by Charlie Raith (CYA). Raith has been one of the best d-men at camp and working with fellow blueliner Joseph Matthews (St. Louis) they don't give up too many quality chances. Team Blue would make it 2--0 on a Midwest connection when Luke Notterman (Iowa) would grab a rebound on a Jordan hank (Russel Stover) shot and give the Blue team a 2-0 lead at the half. Liam McCann (CYA) posted the first half shutout.
In the second frame the camps most explosive combination would strike back as tiny Ryan Finnegan (Russel Stover) would feed big Anthony Tzveyn (CYA) who beat Blues netminder Luke Opilka to cut the lead in half but Jordan hank would answer back, grabbing a Joseph Matthews pointshot off the pads and feeding Michael Floodstrand (Mission) who would stretch the lead back to 3-1. White would get 1 goal closer when Jake Henderson (St. Louis) buried a rebound off little Lucas Finner's (Chicago Blues) shot. An empty net 6-on-5 situation didn't change the score and it ended 3-2.