The puck dropped for the final time on Blackhawks Prospect Camp at 10:00 this morning for the final scrimmage of the week. With one last chance to show hockey ops and fans what they could do this week, the prospects put on a great show.
Here’s what the line-ups for both teams looked like. Starters are italicized.
White Team: Forwards: Cohen Adair – Jason Bast – Chris McCarthy; Luke Curadi – Tyler Motte – Chris Calnan; Mark McNeill – Vincent Hinostroza – Anthony Louis; Milos Bubela – Grayson Downing — ______
Defensemen: Travis Brown – Stephen Johns; Sam Jardine – Dillon Fournier; Viktor Svedberg – Robin Press; Zach Loesch – Jake Chelios
Goalies: Brandon Whitney; Matthew O’Connor
Red Team: Forwards: Garrett Thompson – Phillip Danault – Maxim Shalunov; Dario Simion – Alex Broadhurst – John Hayden; Quinn Gould – Matt Lorito – Christensen; Dan Weissenhofer* — Sam Babintsev – Tim O’Brien
*Weissenhofer was also used on his natural position of defense at times today.
Defensemen: Carl Dahlstrom – Nick Mattson; Robin Norell – Justin Holl; Guy LeBoeuf – Gleb Koryagin; Nolan Zajac – Michael Paliotta
Goalies: Matt Tomkins; Jackson Whistle
Scratches: Ryan Hartman, Kevin Hayes, Antti Raanta, Pat Mullane (lower body injury), Kirill Gotovets, Garret Ross, Mac Carruth, Kent Simpson
Red got an early chance to get on the scoreboard as Chris Calnan took a seat for tripping at 1:28, but White was able to kill off the minor. John Hayden was on top of things early on as he took a feed from Alex Broadhurst down low and got a good shot off, but Brandon Whitney’s right pad was there to make the save. Red had another opportunity on the power play when Chris McCarthy was sent to the box, but they still weren’t able to convert. A minute or so after the power play ended, Whitney came up big for his team with his right pad again as he stopped a Tim O’Brien backhand attempt. With 4:43 left in the opening frame, Hayden opened up the scoring with his third goal of camp. He was able to get one by Whitney’s left pad to give Red the 1-0 lead.
Jason Bast had a chance to tie the game up for White in the second as he lead a 2-on-1 rush into the Red zone with Cohen Adair. Defenseman Justin Holl was the only man back for Red and he did good job of taking the passing lane away, forcing Bast to take a shot. Unfortunately for Bast, it went over the net. Red had an equally good chance moments later as Holl sped into the White zone and sent a pass from the left circle over to Maxim Shalunov on the right side of the ice. Shalunov went to one time the puck, but he shanked it. Another chance for White came when Anthony Louis found Mark McNeill open in the right circle. McNeill was able to get a shot off, but he sent it over the net.
With 8:58 left in the middle stanza, Red and White made their last goaltending changes of camp. Matthew O’Connor came in for Whitney for White and Jackson Whistle came in for Matt Tomkins for Red. Whistle’s first real test of the game came with 6-foot-5, 247 pound Luke Curadi parked in front of him. McNeill sent a little pass onto his tape from below the goal line, but Whistle was able to stick his right pad out to stop the shot from Curadi.
The first fight of camp came with 3:18 left in the second. Hayden and Sam Jardine started pushing and shoving after a whistle and then dropped the mitts. Hayden, listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, got a few good pops in on Jardine, listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, but the go-around was mostly just them wrestling.
Tyler Motte tied the game up at 1 for White with 2:46 remaining in the middle frame. White then took the lead at 3:27 of the 3rd period when Grayson Downing showed off his fantastic stickhandling skills and got one by Whistle to make it 2-1. Milos Bubela got the primary assist on the tally.
Red wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Alex Broadhurst netted his first marker of camp with 9:06 left in regulation with a shot from O’Connor’s left side to tie the game at 2. Bubela gave White the lead back at 14:07 with an absolutely wicked shot from above the left hashmarks that went high blocker side on Whistle. Downing sealed the game for White with 2:20 left in regulation with some fancy moves yet again that had Whistle sliding left and the puck going in on his right.
The fireworks weren’t over yet though. With 2:03 left, probable future IceHogs teammates Phillip Danault (6’1”, 198 lbs.) and Viktor Svedberg (6’9”, 223 lbs.) got caught up in the heat of the moment and dropped the gloves. Svedberg easily took Danault down after Danault tried getting a few shots in on him.
Red had a late chance to get within one goal as Tim O’Brien tried to stuff the puck by O’Connor’s pad, but he was able to shut the door and preserve the White lead. The 4-2 score stood as the final as White took home the victory and the trophy the Hawks give out for the winners of the last scrimmage of camp.
-IceHogs head coach Ted Dent was behind Red’s bench again.
-Some Red power play units: Quinn Gould – Matt Lorito – Christensen, Guy LeBoeuf – Gleb Koryagin; Gould – Lorito – Christensen, Justin Holl – Robin Norell
-Some Red penalty killing units: Sam Babintsev, Dan Weissenhofer, Guy LeBoeuf and Gleb Koryagin; Dario Simion, Phillip Danault, Justin Holl and Robin Norell.
-One of the White power play units was: Milos Bubela – Vincent Hinostroza – Anthony Louis, Stephen Johns – Travis Brown.
-Some of the White penalty killing units were: Mark McNeill, Vincent Hinostroza, Viktor Svedberg and Robin Press; Tyler Motte, Chris Calnan, Dillon Fournier and Sam Jardine.
-Defenseman Stephen Johns continued his stellar defensive play on Friday morning. He also made his presence felt numerous times in the physicality department as he sent a lot of guys down to the ice with big hits. He is also extremely patient with the puck, which leads to him making smart decisions on the ice.
-Free agent invitee Quinn Gould looked very solid today. He blocked some shots and played good defense.
-Another free agent invitee, Luke Curadi, also had a very good game. He used his size (6’5”, 247 lbs.) to his advantage as he muscled to the front of the net to screen the opposing goalies. He was involved on numerous offensive zone plays. The RPI student is listed as a defenseman, but the Hawks used him at forward during every scrimmage this week.
-Anthony Louis continued his solid play during camp with his game today. He was great in the defensive zone and still used his speed and size to his advantage while in the offensive zone. The Winfield, Illinois native also has great vision and hockey sense.
-Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom, who the Hawks took in the 2nd round (51st overall) in this year’s draft, is very strong on his skates and his 6-foot-3, 211 pound frame is hard to knock off the puck.
-Center and Bartlett, Illinois native Vincent Hinostroza had a good game today. He showed off his speed very well, made nifty moves with the puck and even showed off a bit of his physical side. He made a big hit on Robin Norell along the red line that sent the defenseman down to the ice.
-Free agent invitee defenseman Nolan Zajac is a very smart hockey player. He tends to make good decision with the puck and has some great vision on the ice.
-Center Phillip Danault was very feisty today, which isn’t a bad thing. In the second period, he had an instance where he was jawing with Vincent Hinostroza and Mark McNeill started crosschecking him to defend his teammate. Then there was the fight with Viktor Svedberg. Danault also played a solid overall game, which he has been doing all camp long.
-18-year-old John Hayden was stellar once again in game play. He did nearly everything well and even showed that he’s not afraid to drop the gloves when it needs to be done.