Saturday, June 14, 2014

2014 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Two (Afternoon)

Day two of tryout camp concluded with three additional games on Thursday afternoon at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

As this camp goes along, I think the quality of the hockey has improved, which is to be expected.  At times some of the morning session games were sloppy, but the sharpness of most players got better in the afternoon I thought.

These kids are playing a ton of hockey, especially compared to prior camps.  A total of 64 minutes (running clock) in each game, twice a day.  That's a grind.

Game #4:  Team Boll (Columbia) vs. Team Dzingel (Yellow)
Team Dzingel rebounded from their morning game in which they gave up 9 goals with a solid 5-3 victory over Team Boll.  Both teams finished the first day of tryout camp with a 1-1 record.

Scoring goals for Team Dzingel was Josh Bell (2 - one of those two was an empty net goal), Logan Orem, Danny DiGrande, and Biagio Lerario.

Scoring goals for Team Boll was Max Humitz, Dominick Mersch, and Tony DeVito (younger brother of former Stars forward Jimmy DeVito).

Team Dzingel goaltender Tanner Creel played the first half of this game and gave two goals.  Team Dzingel netminder Josh Creelman played the second half of the game and surrendered only one goal.

Team Boll is the only team that has three goaltenders, and it's a bit difficult to keep track of who is in goal.  Team Boll goaltender Tommy Nappier gave up one goal in this game.  Brady Boudreau (son of Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau) also gave up one goal.  Team Boll goaltender Tanner Holmes played in most of the second half of the game and gave up 3 goals.

Players from Team Dzingel who stood out to me were Biagio Lerario, Demetri Katsis, Anthony Wyse, Josh Bell, and Danny DiGrande.  My MVP of Team Dzingel goes to forward Josh Bell who had the two goals and generated quite a few offensive opportunities on his own.

Players from Team Boll who stood out to me were Tony DeVito, Lubos Vacek, John Schuldt, and Dominick Mersch.  My MVP of Team Boll goes to forward Dominick Mersch who had two very good games on Friday and does not look out of place as a '98.  He has all the tools to be a very good hockey player.

Game #5:  Team Bollig (Royal) vs. Team Johnson (Grey)
Team Bollig exploded for 7 goals in the second half of this game to propel themselves to a 9-4 victory over Team Johnson.  Both teams finished the first day of tryout camp with a 1-1 record.

Scoring goals for Team Bollig was Dominick Sacco (2), Darren Brady (2), Luke Voltin, Jade Miller, Will Scherer,  Colton Fletcher,  Mitch Campbell.  

Scoring goals for Team Johnson was Corey Hoffman, Jack Badini, Dylan Woolf, Aaron Lara.

Team Bollig goaltender Jake Berger played the first half of this game and gave up only 1 goal.  Team Bollig netminder Peyton Jones played the second half of the game and surrendered 3 goals.

Team Johnson goaltender Quentin Prokopetz started the first half of this game and gave up two goals.  Team Johnson goaltender Cody Gibson started the second half and surrendered seven goals.

Players from Team Bollig who stood out to me were Will Scherer, Joe Nathe, Dominick Sacco, Colton Fletcher, and Endre Medby.  My MVP of Team Bollig goes to forward Dominick Sacco who not surprisingly is having a terrific camp.  Sacco easily stands out compared to most of the other forwards here.  He's polished.

Players from Team Johnson who stood out to me were Cameron Lee, Dylan Woolf, Corey Hoffman, Aaron Lara, and Sander Boroczky.  My MVP of Team Johnson goes to forward Aaron Lara, who last season played for the Valencia Flyers, whose head coach is former Stars forward Josh Berge.  Lara had a very solid game and was always in the mix. 

Game #6:  Team Bartkowski (White) vs. Team Backes (Black)
The last game of day two of tryout camp saw Team Backes get a 4-2 victory over Team Bartkowski.  Team Backes improved to 2-0, while Team Bartkowski dropped to 0-2.

Scoring goals for Team Backes was Michael Miller, Jonathan Desbiens, Elijiah Barriga, and Tyler Jutting.

Scoring goals for Team Bartkowski was Conner Blanck and Jared Bethune.

Team Backes goaltender Holden Kurtz played the first half of this game and did not give up any goals.  Team Backes netminder Jacob Nehama played the second half of the game and surrendered two goals.

Team Bartkowski goaltender Parker Butler played the first half and gave up one goal.  Team Bartkowski netminder Hunter Shepard started the second half and surrendered three goals.

Players from Team Backes who stood out to me were Wes Michaud, Tyler Jutting, Angus Scott, Troy Terry, and Elijiah Barriga..  My MVP of Team Backes goes to forward Troy Terry who has showed off some incredible moves so far in this camp.  Really impressed with his game.

Players from Team Bartkowski who stood out to me were Wyatt Kalynuk, Nick Fiorentino, Tyler Augustinsen, Wes Baker, and Jared Bethune.  My MVP of Team White goes to defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk who as a young '97 plays a cool, calm, and composed game.  

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