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Ames, Iowa Central District Bantam Camp

June 21 2011 at 5:16 PM
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Ames, Iowa Bantam Camp Update, Recaps and Player Stats

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TEAM STANDINGS
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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

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GAME RECAPS
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Game 1: White 3, Red 1
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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
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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
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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
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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

the rebound.

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
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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

-4 tie.

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
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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.


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PLAYER STATS
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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


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Re: Ames, Iowa Central District Bantam Camp

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Updated Standings and Player Stats

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TEAM STANDINGS
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Team W-L GF GA

Team Blue 3-0 13 7
Team White 2-1 10 7
Team Green 1-2 13 11
Team Gold 1-2 8 10
Team Black 1-2 11 14
Team Red 1-2 7 13


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PLAYER STATS
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Goalie Stats - all players through 3 games, 75 minutes play

Team # Player Winter Team GAA

Team Gold 35 Thornton (Wisc. A, Sun Prairie) 0
Team White 1 Opilka (Stl Blues) 3
Team Blue 35 McCann (CYA) 3
Team White 35 Wendlendt (MN Bantam A) 4
Team Green 35 Marshall (CYA) 4
Team Blue 1 Cutting (Wisc. Bantam A) 4
Team Black 1 Neal (Mission) 4
Team Red 1 Jurisik (Mission) 5
Team Red 35 Kerner (Russel Stover) 7
Team Green 1 Young (Stl Blues) 7
Team Gold 1 Van Dyke (Russel Stover) 8
Team Black 35 Laken (Wisc. Bantam A) 10
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 5 7
Team White 11 Tzveyn CYA 4 2 6
Team Green 12 Price Omaha U16 3 2 5
Team White 9 Finnegan Russel Stover 0 5 5
Team Blue 9 Hank Russel Stover 2 2 4
Team Black 10 Rueschoff Stl. Blues 2 2 4
Team Green 13 Perkins Wisconsin Bantam A 1 3 4
Team Green 9 Fischer Mission 3 0 3
Team Blue 16 Cholak CYA 3 0 3
Team Blue 10 Baker Madison Capitols 2 1 3
Team Green 10 Heimman Russel Stover 2 1 3
Team Red 13 Richter Mission 2 1 3
Team Green 2 Espenscheid Stl. Blues 1 2 3
Team Gold 11 Polglaze Madison Capitols 1 2 3
Team Gold 14 Barr Russel Stover 1 2 3
Team Gold 13 Pigozzi CYA 1 2 3
Team Red 10 Tkachuck Stl. Blues 1 2 3
Team Blue 14 Floodstrand Mission 1 2 3
Team Black 14 Gilbert Milwaukee Admirals 2 0 2
Team White 8 Byce Madison Capitols 1 1 2
Team Red 8 Chatham Afton Americans 1 1 2
Team Gold 8 Novak Wisconsin Fire 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 1 2
Team Green 14 Radetic Stl. Blues 2 0 2
Team Black 12 Laczynski Mission 2 0 2
Team Blue 11 Notterman Minnesota Bantam A 2 0 2
Team White 3 Stillwell Green Bay 1 1 2
Team White 14 Finner Chicago Blues 1 1 2
Team White 10 Henderson Stl. Blues 2 0 2
Team Black 13 O'Bryan Stl. Blues 2 0 2
Team Green 8 Mudra Stl. Blues 1 1 2
Team Green 11 Kropp CYA 0 2 2
Team Gold 5 Davies Stl. Blues 0 2 2
Team Gold 10 Cook Russel Stover 0 2 2
Team Blue 12 Conley Green Bay 1 0 1
Team Gold 2 Evers 96 NPI leafs 1 0 1
Team Black 3 Croghan Afton Americans 1 0 1
Team Gold 9 Mitchem Stl. Blues 1 0 1
Team Gold 12 Fader Wisconsin Bantam A 1 0 1
Team Blue 2 Raith CYA 1 0 1
Team Red 12 Ford Wisconsin Bantam A 1 0 1
Team Black 2 Dello Mission 0 1 1
Team Red 6 Rucker Stl. Blues 0 1 1
Team Blue 8 Hoffman Mission 0 1 1
Team Red 5 Drapoo Wisconsin Bantam A 0 1 1
Team Red 16 Mickelson Wisconsin Bantam A 0 1 1
Team Black 11 Peters Wisconsin Bantam A 0 1 1
Team Black 5 Joveaux Mission 0 1 1

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Game 3 Updates

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Game 7: Gold 6, Black 4
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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
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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
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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.

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Mid-Camp Player Reports

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Doing up some mid-camp player notes for my bosses, and thought I'd share with some familes who may be back home wondering. Bear in mind that the following is my scouting report for my bosses. It's by no means exhaustive. I am not a camp evaluater and have nothing to do with picking the players who move on. These are just my observations from my scouting assignment at this camp on the players who have made the biggest impact on me. Other scouts here and camp evaluators may have different impressions. These are mine.

Goaltenders
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Jake Thornton (Sun Prairie Bantam A, Wisconsin). A good crop of goaltenders here in all shapes and sizes but it cannot be overlooked that Jake Thornton has yet to give up a goal. He has faced a lot of firepower from elite forwards on teams Red, Blue and Black. Floodstrand, Baker, Tkachuk, Richter, McCormack, Gabrielle, Rueschoff, Gilbert, O'Bryan ... some of the best snipers at this age on the continent and he has stopped them all. Every shot. Not bad. He's an athletic kid with decent technique and he is just 2 periods of play away from a perfect camp. You'd have to think if he keeps up this play he'll earn a ticket to the next round.

Luke Opilka (St, Louis Blues). His size is a tremendous asset. He not only covers the net well but he moves well also. He is obviously used to the speed of the game out there and he does a good job of being square to the puck at all times, getting in a strong position to make a play. He's allowed just 3 goals through 3 games and has to be considered on the inside track to Rochester.

Liam McCann (CYA). An elite player with a very athletic disposition, McCann has tremendous fundamental goaltending skills. You can see the 100's of hours of training in this kid, as he has great technique for his age and it has helped him in allowing just 3 goals through 3 games.


Defensemen
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Michael Davies (St, Louis Blues). Davies is such an impressive player at both ends of the ice. He is the best pure skater in camp and his hockey IQ is through the roof. He handles the puck real well, knows when to join the rush and has the speed to get back and cover himself. He's always dangerous and always reliable. If I had to pick just one - I'd pick this one.

Charlie Raith (CYA). Makes a great first pass, joins the rush well, hits hard and clean and has a tremendous shot.

Chris Keliher (Mission). Solid and reliable defencemen with a high hockey IQ.

Drew Croghan (Afton Americans). Already close to USHL size, skates with power and hits like a tank.

Blake Wareham (CYA). Big and smart. Always a nice comsination in a defencemen, Wareham has a high hockey IQ, good hustle and nice size.

Tony Stillwell (Green Bay Gamblers) . Brilliant stickhandler, high hockey IQ and slippery with the puck. Small stature immediately makes one skeptical but it doesn't take him long to win you over with his tremendous play. Fun to watch.

Vasili Kolias (Mission). Skill to spare. Great hands. Great feet. Maybe too offensive, often in offensive zone too deep and for too long, but that can be corrected.

Joseph Matthews (St, Louis Blues). Brilliantly reliable defensmen. Tough to get around. Hits hard. Holds line well.


Forwards
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Anthony Tzveyn (CYA). I have no problem stating Tzveyn has been the best forward in camp through the first 3 games. He's played the role of playmaker and he also filled the net, owning the camps only hat trick so far. He plays both ends of the ice, shares the puck, sacrifices his body and apppears to be a great on ice leader. I can't see how they keep this kid out of Rochester.

Ethan Price (Omaha U16). I've scouted Ethan before on other assignments and he never fails to amaze me. His progress has been fantastic, as he looks like a man amongst boys at times out there. A physical specimen for his age. He is the poster boy for the phrase "strong on the puck" and he is so dangerous streaking down that wing. His snap shot, wrist shot and slap shot are quick and powerful and defy his age. He is most dangerous when he is streaking down the wing, as he drives the net with authority and he can shoot (and score) from any angle.

Jesse Gabrielle (Russel Stover). The June edition of Scouting news lists Gabrielle as the #12 ranked prospect in the 97 birth year in the WHL territiories (Western Canada, Minnesota and all States west of the Missouri River) in their scouting list for the 2012 WHL draft. He certainly has done nothing to make a liar out of them. He's the hardest working kid at camp as his feet are always moving and he is always always always forechecking - sometimes to a fault. He is relentless with his pressure, delivers bone crushing hits, constantly forces turnovers and has the skill to cash them in. It is no surprise he leads this camp in scoring, as all he does it create offensive opportunities for his team. He can play on my team any day.

Andrew Richter (Mission). Great skater, Handles the puck well. Has great vision. Makes a great pass.

Austin Reuschoff (St, Louis Blues). Blue collar winger with great worth ethic. Strong skater who is not afraid to deliver a hit. Unselfish team player with great offensive skills.

Christian Fischer (Mission). Silky smooth skater with great hands. Makes a great pass and is always a scoring threat.

Tarek Baker (Madison Capitols). Strong skater with extremly high hockey IQ and great hands. He is a tremendous north-south player but can go lateral on a dime and play criss-cross hockey.

Michael Floodstrand (Mission). Small but uber-skilled. Great hands. Slippery with the puck. Great vision. Strong playmaker and can score.

Matthew Tkachuk (St, Louis Blues). Maybe best hands at camp. High hockey IQ. Decent skater. Shares the puck.

Ryan Finnegan (Russel Stover). Highest hockey IQ at camp. Incredibly smart and best passer at camp. Pheonominal playmaker when he has time. Small stature.

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Re: Mid-Camp Player Reports

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June 22 2011, 7:05 PM 

Ron, you are a breath of fresh air for this site, keep up the the good work.

 
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RE: Mid-Camp Player Reports

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June 22 2011, 7:42 PM 

I just want to add one more thing. All the players here in Ames are great players there have been many big performances. My player list is by no means exhaustive. Also, some of the players that made a big impression on me, really didn't put an exclamation point on it until today.

With two games to go in camp, there is PLENTY of time for every player here to make an impact on camp evaluators. So if you have a player who has been frustrated or struggling through the first 3 games, or even if he's been playing well but not been recognized, please make sure they don't give up.

All players at the camp are one GREAT game away from securing their own ticket to Rochester and I really havn''t seen a player here who is not capable of turning heads with one great game.

Obviously this is a numbers game and only so many can go through, but I think it's important that all players are reminded that it's not over till it's over. Keep playing hard.

On the flip side, just because you've had a good opening to the camp doesn't mean anything. There are two very important games to go so stay focused. We are just passed the half way point and any one of these kids could earn his way ON or OFF the Rochester roster.

Good luck to all the boys!

Stay Classy Chicago!

 
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Thursday Camp Notes

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June 22 2011, 9:50 PM 

Yesterday I posted some notes on some of the players that had made a lasting impression on me.

Heading into Thursday action I want to post pre-game on players that I am hoping will step up. Players that look real good in the practice sessions and players who look real good in the games, but haven't really done much ... yet ... players with the skills to be impact players that evaluators are just looking for an excuse to choose them.

Goaltenders.

Bradley Neal (Team Black/Illinois). This kid has has made some spectacular saves. He's got a great track record on great teams in Illinois and he's been impressive on the ice. At this camp, what keeps him off the Rochster list are 1.) his size - he's tiny at 5'4" and 2.) his stats - he's average for this camp with 4 goals allowed. He needs a couple of shutouts to get him through. He looks good enough, has good technique and is very athletic, but he needs to overcome his size issue statistically. He needs to OUT-PLAY the bigger goalies. That's just the way it is. Unfortunately, (especially in net), size does matter.

Cooper Marshall (Team Green/Illinois). He may already be at the top of the evaluators list. I have him currently #4, but bhe could be higher on lists that matter. He's certainly big enough, covers the net well and moves well enough. i thought he was a little nervous in his first game but has settled in since then. He's a shut out away from climbing my list and I imagine he's on the radar of every evaluator here.

Defense.

Christian Evers (Team Gold/Iowa). he's the biggest kid in camp and deceptively fast. We saw his blazing speed on two occasions. First when he hunted down Matthew Tkachuk from way behind and second when he split the Black defense and went in on an impressive breakaway with finish. He has all the skills to go with his size. I'd like to see a sound mentak game from him, as I have caught him a few times out of position. I want to like this kid, as he has great assets. I really want him to convince me today.

Tony Dello (Team Black/Illinois). This kid looks like a complete player. Speed, size, skill etc. I just haven't seen any razzle-dazzle out of him YET. No real big hits. No real big shots. Nothing that jumps out at me. I haven't seen him make any glaring mistake. I just haven't seen him stand out and I really want to. I hope he has a big game today. It isn't helping that Team Black has allowed a camp-high 14 goals. Not saying it's Tony's fault (it's not) bit he is a key piece of the Team Black defense.

Michael Joyaux (Team Black/Illinois). Again, great track record with this kid in playing on great teams in Illinois, but I am waiting for the WOW factor. Good skills. Solid player. But just like Dello, he is a key piece of the Team Black defense and Team Black has allowed a camp-high 14 goals.

Tommy Espenschied (Team Green/Missouri). Not Tommy's fault that Team Green is missing a forwward and he's been moved up from defense to forward to fill that void. He's done real well upfront too and he has obvious skills. Great skater, good size, nice passer, but we haven't got a chance to see him at defense and though his skills are good, not good enough to make it through this camp as a forward considering all the great forwards that are here. I'd like to see him play defense.

Ben Rucker (Team Red/Missouri). Rucker has a great reputation and plays a solid game. Haven't really seen a big hit or big shot out of him yet and haven't seen him really join the offense yet. He's clearly an elite player, but I need him to show more of his "range".

Adam Parsells (Team Black/Illinois). Another kid with great size and decent skills but needs to stand out today and also, needs to help stop the bleeding on Team Black defensively.

Forwards

Michael Gilbert (Team Black/Wisconsin). One of the first kids I noticed was Gilbert at practice. He also started the camp strong playing with Gabrielle and O'Bryan on a dominant line in game 1. He sort of dissapeared in games 2 and 3 and I want to see more of what I saw in game 1 out of this very elite forward from Milwaukee. He certainly has the skills to ace this camp, but he needs to bring iot in games 4 and 5.

Zane O'Bryan (Team Black/Wisconsin). See notes on Gilbert above. Diddo.

Jordan Hank (Team Blue/Nebraska). This kid is one cool customer with great vision, a high hockey IQ and has a definite touch around the net. However, show me some hustle end to end. I want to see a back check and I want to see a fore check. Crusing down the ice at half speed is not going to get you through.

Kevin Conley (Team Blue/Wisconsin). One of the best players in camp on day 1, Conley dissapeared in games 2 and 3. He certainly has the skills to dominate but does he have the desire? I want to see it. Give me more of your game 1 effort.

Tommy Novak (Team Gold/Wisconsin). Where are you Tommy Novak? could be the name of this camp. This kid has a great reputation as the star center for the Wisconsin Fire and the top forward for the Minnesota Blades. He just got back from a Championship game at the Subway Classic in Winnipeg, leading his team to victory. I know it doesn't help him being on the wing, as he might be the best centerman in the camp and hasn't got the opportunity to play center yet. This kid should be a lock as one of the top 3 forwards here, but outside of glimpses in the second half of game 3, we haven't seen his A-Game.

Van Barr (Team Gold/Missouri). Van Barr finally "woke up" in the last half of Game 3. He's a very skilled forward with fantastic hands, a strong physical game and sees the game slower than it is. That said, he was held off the scoresheet before exploding for 3 points in the back half of game 3. Give them more of thsat in games 4 and 5 and you will be fine.

Sam McCormack (Team Red/Wisconsin). we see you skating around and moving the puck up ice and you look great. What we need to see now is some finish. Afterall, you are a forward and you need to score to complete the package. Up to this point you are doing everything but score. So score or set up goals, do anything to make a difference.

Jacob Henderson (Team White/Missouri). Great size and skills and comes complete woth a solid track record playing for a great team for a long time, but needs more effort. Looking for more hunger, bigger hits and ultimately, more production on the scoresheet. You are too skilled to just be a big kid. Show us you are the complete package.

Ty Byce (Team White/Wisconisn). Another great player with a great track record of high performance on great teams. I saw a little of the brilliance in game 1, great hands, great lateral movement, great vision, but not a lot since then. Need to re-focus and show your NHL pedigree.

Stay Classy Chicago!

 
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Classy?....Chicago

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June 22 2011, 10:04 PM 

In the hockey world there is no such thing as Classy and Chicago. All the other areas/states think Chicago Parents are complete idiots, and the players are not very good. I live in Chicago, but have to agree. WE SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

 
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RE: Classy?....Chicago

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June 22 2011, 10:12 PM 

Pete,

The young men I am seeing here in Ames are representing Chicago and Illinois very well. You would be very proud of all the boys. They are playing hard and clean and showing us all why they were selected.

Very classy - all of them!

Stay Classy Chicago!


 
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Thank you to Ron Burgundy

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June 23 2011, 12:50 AM 

Thank you for your insightful reporting and for your measured response to Pete's unfortunate post.

 
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Baby Burgundy Arrives Today!

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June 23 2011, 6:56 AM 

Just got the great news from the home front as the world will be just a little more Burgundy today with the birth of my first grandson. My sons wife packed up and headed to the Hospital this morning for the big event.

I'll be grabbing the first plane back to Indiana, so cutting my assignment here in Ames a little short, but I will be expecting big things from these kids this winter and I'm sure will be scouting and recruiting many of them in the years to come.

If anyone is in Ames and cares to update this forum, I'd love to keep up with the camp and the progress of the boys.

As I said yesterday, all the players here are fantastic and anyone of them can earn a spot in the couple of dahys so encourage your player to keep working hard. I can't stress that enough. There is nothing set in stone Thursday morning. All roster spots are up for grabs and all players are in the running. Keep working hard. There are great evaluators and coaches here who will do a fine job of selecting the Rochester roster.

For now, this Ron Burgundy signing off in Ames ...

Stay Classy Chicago!

 
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