2016 RED VS WHITE INTRASQUAD GAME: SUMMARY AND THOUGHTS
(Photo Credit: Lethbridge Hurricanes)
After a fast and furious rookie camp and countless main camp scrimmages, the 2016-2017 Lethbridge Hurricanes’ roster is slowly starting to take shape. Tonight the remaining players faced off in the annual Red vs White intrasquad game at the Enmax Centre. a great opportunity for fans (particularly those who’ve been unable to attend any of the previous training camp sessions) to get a sneak peak at their favourite major junior team and to catch a glimpse of the promising young prospects in the system.
It was a great opportunity for fans (particularly those who had been unable to attend any of the previous training camp sessions) to get a sneak peak at their favourite major junior team and to catch a glimpse of the promising young prospects in the system.
What happened, who stood out, and were there any big surprises?
Here’s your game summary and some quick analysis.
- The crowd turnout for tonight’s game was pretty impressive. The concession was open and people were having a good time. It’s great that the intrasquad game can help serve the local food bank as well.
- Reagan threw a couple of nice hits and also had an active stick, breaking up a number of quality chances for Red with well-timed deflections. I’m curious to see how he will fit into this team’s defense and if he can build on a really strong final few months of ‘15-’16. The Canes will need his veteran experience.
- Calen Addison’s offensive sensibilities aren’t hard to see. He’s always wanting to jump into the rush and be involved in the attack.
- I couldn’t help but notice a more offensive style of play from Watson – his slap shot goal was beautiful and he was also more involved off the rush than what we may have seen last year. He almost created a tap in for Folk in the 2nd but Carter just couldn’t get it off the backhand.
- Babenko is looking as slippery as ever. He was giving defenders fits all night – including a lengthy battle down in the corner with Riley Shamray where the Russian really put his footwork on display.
- Zane Franklin had a good game. He Goal and breakaway (denied) aside, he also looked great on the PK. He was moving his feet and working noticeably hard on the backcheck. He’s not big, but he also made a point of throwing his weight around and finishing checks. Two notable instances were hits on Burke and on Ethan King.
- Adam Swan looked pretty good in his 30 minute half for team White. He surrendered just one goal (a slap shot from the point by Watson on which he was screened). Some of his rebound control was suspect and he didn’t face too many grade A chances, but he stopped the puck when called on and that’s what matters most.
- Carter Folk was a little snake-bitten tonight. He had two close calls in the goal-crease and a few posts as well. He played a strong game.
- Brandon Kegler made some really solid saves during his 30 minutes of play including two flashy glove saves. He was particularly good in the final minutes of the 3rd when Red was forced to kill a 5 on 3.
- I won’t say much about the top line (because there will be plenty of time for that in the future), but Wong, Estephan and Burke all look really good at this point in camp.
- I thought ‘98 born Riley Shamray had a solid defensive game for team red. He stood out on a few occasions with critical defensive plays – particularly in the dying moments of the game when Red was killing a 5 on 3 penalty. He even wore a slapshot off his visor – an act that he was rewarded for with a friendly tap from Carter Folk.
- After some stellar performances in last week’s scrimmages, Jadon Joseph had a bit of quiet game tonight. It wasn’t a bad game, he just didn’t factor into too many scoring chances. He’s one of the 17 year olds to watch for heading into the exhibition games.
- Skylar Gutierrez scored the goal of the night in the shootout. His backhand deke was a thing of beauty you had to see to fully appreciate.
- The “uncredited” goal was legitimatly uncredited. It was a strange goal that came via an empty net on a delayed penalty. Crazy stuff.
You can never read too far into an intrasquad game, but there were some great things on the ice tonight. We will see how things change when the bullets start flying for real this weekend.
Were you at tonight’s game? Did anything or anyone stand out in your eye?
Hit up the comments section below. I’m curious to hear the thoughts of fellow hockey fans on the team the Hurricanes are putting together in 2016-2017.
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