Sunday, June 12, 2011

2011 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - All-Star Game (First)

<----Click the picture to the left to view the roster from the first all-star game today.  If you have any problems viewing the picture, send me a note at, and I can email you the roster sheet.  

The last day of the 2011 Lincoln Stars tryout camp started with the first of two all-star games at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  This first all-star roster was mainly a lot of the younger players whom the coaches wanted to see even more of.  There were a lot of 93's, 94's, and 95's, and a few 92's and one '91. 

 Each squad (Black and White) had two goaltenders, five defensemen, and ten forwards.  This particular scrimmage was broken down into two, 25 minute halves.

Final:  Team White 7, Team Black 5

In the first half of this all-star scrimmage game, the Black squad got out to a 4-2 lead thanks to goals from (F) Alex Schoenborn, (F) Johan Sjoden, (F) Will Clark, and (F) Tyler Drevitch.  The two goals from the White squad in the first half came from (F) Max Birkinbine, and (D) Travis Maxwell.  

White goaltender Joakim Jutras played the first half of the scrimmage and gave up four goals.  After giving up only one goal in his previous 125 minutes between the pipes in the tryout camp, Jutras struggled a bit this morning.  Black goaltender Michael Taffe gave up two goals in the first half of the scrimmage.

In the second half of the all-star scrimmage, the White squad came out and dominated play for the majority of the half.  Down 4-2 at half, White stormed back and outscored the Black squad 5-1 to win the game by a score of 7-5.  Scoring goals for White in the second half was (F) Jesse Neher, (F) Kevin Loppatto, (F) Sean Malone, (F) Trevor Cope, and (F) Will Suter.  The long goal from the Black squad in the second half came from (F) Garrett Cox.

White goaltender Ty Marble played the second half of the scrimmage and gave up only one goal.  I thought Marble was key for the White squad in their comeback.  He made a number of big saves to keep his team in the game.  Black goaltender Chris Funkey surrendered five goals in the second half.  There were no fights in this game.

My MVP from Team White went to forward Will Suter.  In my opinion, Suter was easily the best player on the ice in the first all-star game.  He hustled every shift, created a bunch of offensive chances, and did a very good job with distributing the puck to his linemates.  My MVP from Team Black went to forward Alex Schoenborn.  Considering Schoenborn was the youngest player invited to any of the two all-star games this morning, I thought he showed very good poise and the kid has a bomb of a shot.

I was very impressed with the young talent out on the ice with this first all-star game.  Just about every player on the roster stood out to me at times.  Speed, size, skill....all of the youngsters who made this all-star game certainly have it.  

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