[** Update: we’ve been informed the Rookie Game will now start at 5:30pm. Plan accordingly. Admission is free.**]
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Sorry, had that 3pm Blue vs Grey scrimmage stuck in my head.
Blue won, 8-5. Spoiler alert: Matt Fonteyne and Orrin Centazzo (10 points in camp) each had three points.
More nuggets coming along from Friday, but for now, here is where everything stands for the scrimmage chapter of training camp:
The Tips Rookie Game is 5pm on Saturday, followed by the 1:30pm Green vs. Grey Game on Sunday. As a reminder, for games at XFINITY Arena, admission is free. It may be said “the best things in life aren’t free,” but you can never go wrong with free hockey.
Among the developments from today:
- Team Blue leads with a +5 goal differential and has buried 18 goals in 3 games. While you can’t place 100 percent stock into training camp, like a baked good that’s only been in the oven for 30 seconds, the names down the line bear little to no surprise this is happening: Fonteyne, Centazzo (as articulated above with a whopping 10 points), Dawson Butt, ’17 second rounder Jackson Berezowski, Conrad Mitchell, and former Red Deer Rebel Quinn Martin. Jake Christiansen is the elder statesman on the blueline.
- Team Grey isn’t too far behind with 16 goals in the 3 games. Patrick Bajkov, Ethan Browne, Connor Dewar, prospect Brayden Morrison, and defenseman Montana Onyebuchi are among the notables still in the hunt for the prospect round robin title. There really hasn’t been one shift I’ve seen, involving Bajkov/Dewar/Browne where something HASN’T happened.
- We had more conversations with notable Tips prospects that you could be hearing from in the future. One fun did you know: BC native (and ’17 draftee) Kent Johnson goes back as family friends with Ryan Johansen (Portland) and Lucas Johansen (Kelowna). The games of shinny have been few and far between recently, for obvious reasons, but a strong WHL connection still remains intact.
Browne stopped gracefully to say a few words into the recorders of mine and (Everett Herald) Jesse Geleynse:
- QUESTION: How productive was this summer?
BROWNE: Really good, I got stronger, that helps. It’s good to be back with the boys.
- QUESTION: You were up and down with the team a couple of times last year. How did that help heading into this year?
BROWNE: It showed me how to play systems, the league, and it’s a lot different compared to midget.
- QUESTION: What’s the biggest difference from midget to this level?
BROWNE: It’s more passive with regards to the forechecks: there’s only one guy forechecking so you have a lot of time when you’re in your own zone. (Reporter: patience with the puck, the better) Yes, that’s my skill – patience with the puck.
- QUESTION: How was the summer with regards to getting ready for your rookie year?
BROWNE: Just working out every day, I went to morning shinny at 5am (Reporter: you’re a morning person!) Sometimes.
- QUESTION: Have you talked with Dennis Williams as far as your role for this year, or is it too early for that?
BROWNE: It’s too early for that. I still haven’t talked to him because we’re still early in camp.
- QUESTION: How often do you keep in contact with fellow members of your draft class, like Mark Liwiski?
BROWNE: I’m actually very good friends with Liwiski. I talk to him every good day, we’re good pals.
- QUESTION: What do you like most about his game?
BROWNE: Oh – he’s physical, aggressive, likes to get in your face. He can probably fight too.
- QUESTION: Anybody else you watched last year or seen this year that you’re looking forward to playing with?
BROWNE: Well, I went to school with Conrad Mitchell in eighth grade. He’s crazy good now. He’s fast, it amazed me seeing him play. We went to school at Vimy Ridge Academy (in Edmonton, Alberta).
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