Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: All-Star Game (Second)

Stars goalie Michael Bitzer
Courtesy of Shooting Star Photos
The 2013 Lincoln Stars tryout camp concluded Sunday afternoon with the second all-star game held at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Click here to see the roster sheet from this game.  A total of six players who participated in the first all-star game were asked to play in the second all-star game.  Those players were:  Wayland Williams (D), William Scherer (D), Kyle Fargesen (F), Eric Brenk (F), Connor Chambers (D), and Ken Citron (D).

Each team had two goaltenders, six defensemen, and 11 forwards for a total of 19 players per squad.  23 of the 38 players who participated in this last camp all-star game were protected by the Stars coming into the tryout camp.  So 15 players in this final all-star game were undrafted free agents, a much higher number that you would normally see at a Stars tryout camp.  At the 2012 camp, only 5 of the 39 players on the final all-star roster were undrafted free-agents.

Final:  Team Royal 5, Team White 4  Overtime
This game consisted of three, 17 minutes periods with the clock stopping at every whistle.  Each of the four goaltenders who participated in this game played 1.5 periods a piece.

Both Royal and White traded a goal a piece in the opening period of this game.  Norway native Ludvig Hoff got White on the scoreboard first with a nice deflection goal past goaltender Jacob Nehama, with an assist going to defenseman Tony DeVito (little brother of former Stars forward Jimmy DeVito).  Royal answered shortly after the Hoff goal with a tally from 15-year old phenom August Von Ungern-Sternberg.  "Auggie" jammed the puck past White goaltender Michael Bitzer to even the score at 1-1 going into the first intermission.

White outscored Royal 2-1 in the second period thanks to goals from David Parrottino and Hunter Anderson.  Parrottino fired the puck past Nehama on a goal-mouth scramble, while Anderson's goal came on an odd-man rush with a very nice assist going to Nicholas Monfils.  Royal's lone second period goal was scored by Brandon Smith, with an assist going to Thomas Carey.

In the third period, Royal turned the tables on White and outscored them 2-1.  Defenseman William Scherer and forward Michael McNicholas both potted goals for Royal in the final stanza to give Royal a 4-3 lead at one point.  Scherer's goal was snapshot just outside the slot area in front of White goaltender Nick Schmit.  McNicholas' goal was set up nicely by forward Max Humitz who centered the puck to McNicholas from behind the net.  White got the equalizer and forced overtime when Nicholas Monfils scored a very nice one-timer goal on an odd man rush with assists going to Ludvid and Magnus Hoff.

Towards the end of regulation in the third period, White defenseman Zach Frye, and forward Ludvig Hoff were both called for hooking minor penalties.  Royal started the overtime period on a 5-on-3 powerplay, and capitalized about a minute in.  Royal forward Eric Brenk fired a shot on net that was saved by White goaltender Nick Schmit, but the rebound came right to defenseman Connor Chambers who fired the puck into the open net past Schmit's outstretched arms.  Chambers scored both game-winning goals in the two camp all-star games on Sunday.

Royal goaltenders Jacob Nehama and Brandon Wildung both played 1.5 periods worth of hockey and gave up two goals a piece.  White goaltender Michael Bitzer gave up 1 goal, while his teammate Nick Schmit gave up four goals, which included the OT GWG.

Another fantastic paced game with a lot of end-to-end action.  You could tell these players left it all on the ice with their effort.  It was definitely the hightlight of camp.  Very fun to watch from the stands.

My MVP of Team Royal goes to defenseman Luke Shiplo, who had a great overall game and a terrific camp.  This kid really impressed me with his play over the weekend.  He's on the small side, but is fantastic with the puck and seems more than capable of being Lincoln's powerplay quarterback next season.  A side note, I thought Royal forward Brandon Smith also played very well in this game and is deserving of some attention.  My MVP of Team White goes to forward Nicholis Monfils (1g, 1a), who like defesenman Connor Chambers, came out of nowhere as an undrafted free agent to have a very good camp.  Despite being on the 0-5 Royal squad during the first three days of camp, Monfils played extremely well without a whole lot of help.  I'm not sure if the Stars have him on their radar, but Monfils definitely helped his cause this past weekend with his play.

That's it for the camp recaps!  I'm hoping to post a few more articles related to the camp in the next couple of days. First off, I want to post a quick overall review of the camp tomorrow.  I will post photos from the two-all-star games courtesy of Shooting Star Photos in the next couple of days as well.  You can also view photos from camp courtesy of Brandon Anderson, who is the Stars' official photographer.  Also, I will post some goal stats and a B³ first-team from camp as well as a honorable mention team.

Thanks to all of you who followed the blog this past weekend.  I really appreciate the support.  Special thanks to my friend BellTolls for helping out back in Lincoln by posting all of the rosters on the blog, as well as updates from the two all-star games.  Without his help, I would have had to work a lot harder.

-Yeti (Tim)

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