Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Three (Evening)

Can you overdose on live hockey?  I have certainly tried this weekend.  I'm pretty tired right now but I'm going to power through this recap and try to get a decent night's sleep afterwards.  The tryout camp will conclude Sunday morning with two all-star games.  If the two games are like last year, the first scrimmage will be some of the younger players at camp, and also some of the undrafted players who have impressed the coaches.  The second all-star game will include most if not all of the returning vets, a lot of the draft picks, and "free agents" who the coaches feel have a good shot at making the team.  I'm really looking forward to that.

As soon as I have the all-star rosters I am going to email them to BT who will put them on the blog, so keep an eye out for those sometime after 10:00am CST on Sunday.  I will not be able to post a recap article of the two all-star games until I get back to Lincoln late Sunday evening.

Scrimmage #13:  Team Red (1-3) vs. Team Black (1-3)
In the battle of 1-3 teams, it was Team Red winning this one by a score of 4-1 over Team Black.  Scoring for Red was Max Humitz (breakaway goal set up nicely by Michael Neville), Zack Pittman, and CJ Smith (two goals).  The only goal for Team Black was scored by Dominik Shine (nice wrister).  Red improved to 2-3 while Black fell to 1-4.

Red goaltender Jackson Teichroeb started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Red netminder Jake Ireland started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Black goaltender Cam Johnson started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up four goals.  Black netminder Jordan Severo started the second half and did not give up any goals.  There was one fight in this scrimmage which happened right after the opening faceoff.  Red defenseman Zack Pittman earned a decision over Charlie Donlin.

Players from Team Red who stood out in my opinion were Michael Neville (at least two assists), Max Humitz, Aidan Muir, Brandon Kearney, Zack Pittman, Travis Maxwell, and Parker Reno.  Players from Team Black who impressed me were Tommy Schutt, Dominik Shine, Jordan Severo, David Parrottino, and Garrett Skrbich.  My MVP of Team Red goes to forward Michael Neville.  Love, love watching this kid play.  In my opinion, he's been the best non-drafted player at camp.  He has a great all-around game.  My MVP of Team Black goes to goaltender Jordan Severo.  Severo didn't have a great start to the camp, but turned it around and has not given up a goal in Black's last three games.  Props to him.

Scrimmage #14:  Team Royal (3-1) vs. Team Yellow (3-1)
The top two teams knocked heads to see which squad would end the camp with the best record, and it was Team Yellow who beat Team Royal by a surprising score of 5-1.  I thought this game would be a lot closer than it turned out.  Scoring for Yellow was Anthony Uglem (two goals), Brent Wold (two goals), and Ty Comrie.  The lone goal for Team Royal was scored by Kirby Kinslow.  Yellow improved to 4-1 while Royal slipped to 3-2.

Yellow goaltender Brandon Wildung started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Yellow netminder Sean Healy started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Royal goaltender Tim Shaughnessy started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up four goals.  Royal netminder Michael Santaguida started the second half and gave up one goal.  There were no fights during this scrimmage.

Players from Team Yellow who impressed me were Anthony Uglem, Brent Wold (one of his two goals was a highlight reel), Ty Comrie (nice snipe on his goal), Charles Guevremont, Jake Wood, Austin Yano, and Paul LaDue.  Players from Team Royal who stood out to mere were Chase Matson, Justin Woods, and Michael Santaguida.  My MVP for Team Yellow goes to Brent Wold who had the two goals and had a number of other offensive opportunities.  My MVP of Team Royal goes to defenseman Justin Woods who continues to have a solid camp.

Sending good vibes to Yellow forward Michael Bunn who was injured late in this scrimmage after a collision with Royal defenseman Justin Woods behind the Royal net.  It was a clean check, but Bunn injured his left leg and was not able to put any weight on it as he left the ice.  Bunn has been one of the better players I've seen in the past couple of days, and would get my vote as the fastest player at camp.

Scrimmage #15:  Team Columbia (2-2) vs. Team White (2-2)
The last scrimmage of the camp before the two all-star games tomorrow saw Team White win their third in a row with a 2-0 shutout win over Team Columbia.  Scoring for White was Cole McCaig and Cody Wickline. White improved to 3-2 while Columbia fell to 2-3.

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 also did not surrender any goals.  Columbia goaltender Robert Goor started the first half of the scrimmage and did not give up any goals.  Columbia netminder Michael Bitzer started the second half and gave up two goals.  There were no fights during this scrimmage.

Players from Team White who impressed me were Carl Hesler, Colin Staub, Bob Kinne, Johno May, Cody Wickline, and the goaltending duo of Staely and Funkey.  Players from Team Columbia who stood out in my opinion were Vincent Muto, Ryan Collins, Jack Suter, and Robert Goor.  My MVP of Team White goes to goaltenders Joey Staely and Chris Funkey.  White gave up 11 goals in their first two scrimmages, but in their last three scrimmages (all wins) they gave up only two goals.  Quite the turnaround for Team White, and a big part is due to the play of Staely and Funkey.  My MVP from Team Columbia goes to Vincent Muto who plays a quiet, but steady game on the blueline.

Whew!  That's it for tonight.  Thanks for reading.  Back at it tomorrow morning for the two camp all-star games.  Thanks for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

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