Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Two (Evening)

Back at it with another recap from the Lincoln Stars' 2012 tryout camp at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  It was a full day of hockey, which is pretty much heaven for a hockey nerd like myself.  As I've stated previously, I've been really impressed with the amount of talented players on showcase here.  It is going to be unbelievably tough for the coaches to cut down to the 25-player protected roster on July 1st.  I don't envy them at all.  I can't imagine having to decide on the four players born in 1992 to protect.  All six of the returning vets born in '92 have played really well thus far.

Scrimmage #7:  Team Black (1-1) vs. Team Columbia (1-1)
Team Columbia took this scrimmage with an impressive 5-2 victory over Team Black.  Scoring for Columbia was Will Suter, Colin Larkin, Brooks Lewis (empty netter), and  Austin Heakins (two goals).  Scoring for Team Black was David Parrottino and Dominik Shine.  Columbia improved to 2-1 while Black fell to 1-2 through three scrimmages.

Columbia goaltender Robert Goor started the first half of the game and gave up two goals.  Columbia netminder Michael Bitzer started the second half and pitched a shutout (no goals against).  Black goaltender Cam Johnson started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up three goals.  Black netminder Jordan Severo started the second half and only surrendered one goal.  There was one fight which saw Columbia defenseman Logan Smith drop Black defenseman Charlie Donlin with two punches.

Players from Team Columbia who stood out to me were Brad Hawkinson, William Scherer, Logan Smith, Will Suter, Colin Larkin, and Michael Bitzer.  Players from Team Black who stood out were Gordie Helmuth, Bryan Yim, David Parrottino, Tommy Schutt, Dominik Shine, and Jordan Severo.  My MVP of Team Columbia goes to Austin Heakins who had two goals and seemed to be around the puck quite a bit.  My co-MVP's of Team Black go to Bryan Yim and David Parrottino.  Both come from the same Honeybaked U-18 team, and it's obvious they work well with one another on the ice.

Scrimmage #8:  Team Royal (1-1) vs. Team Red (1-1)
In a low-scoring goaltending battle, it was Team Royal beating Team Red by a score of 2-1.  Goal scorers for Team Royal were AJ Marcinek and Tyler Nanne.  The lone goal scorer for Team Red was Aidan Muir (very nice individual effort).  Team Royal improved to 2-1 while Team Red fell to 1-2.

Royal goaltender Tim Shaughnessy started the first half of the game and did not give any goals.  Royal netminder Michael Santaguida started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Red goaltender Jake Ireland started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up just one goal.  Red netminder Jackson Teichroeb started the second half and also gave up only one goal.  There was one fight which saw Royal defenseman Justin Woods and Red defenseman Travis Maxwell scrap to a draw.

Players from Team Royal who stood out in my opinion were the two goaltenders (Shaughnessy, Santaguida), Vinni Lettieri, Louie and Tyler Nanne, Max Coatta, Justin Woods, Jake Larson, and Chase Matson.  Players from Team Red who impressed me were the two goaltenders (Ireland, Teichroeb), Aidan Muir, Sam Plaquin, Michael Neville, Zach Aston-Reese, Eric Scheid, Ian Scheid, and Daniel Willett.  My MVP for Team Royal goes to the goaltending duo of Tim Shaughnessy and Michael Santaguida.  Both played very well and kept Team Royal right in the game.  My MVP of Team Red goes to forward Aidan Muir who had one goal and has played very well thus far as a non-drafted player.  He has stood out in just about every game I've watched of Team Red.

Scrimmage #9:  Team Yellow (2-0) vs. Team White (0-2)
Despite giving up 11 goals in their first two losses, Team White squeaked out a hard-earned 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Team Yellow.  Scoring for White was Denver Pierce and an unknown player who scored the game-winning goal with only 48 seconds remaining.  There was a goal-mouth scramble very late in the game in which White was able to jam the puck into the open net.  I did not see who scored it.  The lone scorer from Team Yellow was Michael Bunn who again displayed his incredible speed by skating around a White defenseman to score his third goal of the tryout camp.

White goaltender Joey Staely started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  White netminder Chris Funkey started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Yellow goaltender Brandon Wildung started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up just one goal.  Yellow netminder Sean Healy started the second half and also gave up only one goal.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team White who stood out to me were Cole McCraig, Mitchell Snyder, Matt Alexander, Carl Hesler, and the goaltending duo of Joey Staely and Chris Funkey.  Players from Team Yellow who impressed me were Jake Wood, Michael Bunn, Luke Johnson, Ross Olsson, Austin Yano, and Ben Masella.  My MVP from Team White goes to the goaltending tandem of Joey Staely and Chris Funkey who denied a ton of Yellow shots to keep White in the game.  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to defenseman Ben Masella.  Masella is another non-drafted player who has really impressed me with his play.  He's a stay-at-home defenseman who loves to play the body but very rarely puts himself out of position.

That's about it for Day Two.  Time to get some much needed sleep and do it all over again tomorrow morning.  Thanks again for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

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