Red 2 - White 3
Junior Development Camp
GREAT FAN SUPPORT FOR FIRST INTERSQUAD GAME
CALGARY – The first National Junior Development Camp intrasquad game took place at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary on Wednesday night, with Team White winning 3-2 over Team Red.
The two youngest goalies got the nod in net for both teams as Jonathan Bernier (Laval, QC/Lewiston, QMJHL) started for Team Red and Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC/Tri-City, WHL) was between the pipes for Team White.
The game got off to a blistering start as both teams looked to take control of the first game in the three-game series.
Team White’s Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, NS/Moncton, QMJHL) opened the scoring five minutes into the game with a great individual effort splitting the Team Red defensemen and getting a shot off that was initially stopped by Bernier, but trickled between his legs as he was searching for the puck.
Andrew Cogliano (Woodbridge, ON/Michigan, WCHA) increased Team White’s lead to 2-0 at the half way mark of the first period when a miscue behind the Team Red net sent a bouncing puck on to Cogliano’s stick, and he made no mistake, burying the puck into an empty net with Bernier caught out of position.
At the half way mark of the second period, Team White forward Bryan Little (Cambridge, ON/ Barrie, OHL) was hauled down and awarded a penalty shot. Little tried to go between the netminder’s legs but Price was up to the challenge and left the game with a 2-0 lead for Team White.
Both teams replaced their goaltenders with 8:02 remaining in the second period. Team Red’s Bernier finished with 11 saves, while allowing two goals. Team White’s Price made 13 saves, allowing no goals. Tyler Plante (Brandon, MB/Brandon, WHL) took over for Team Red, and Jean-Philippe Levasseur (Victoriaville, QC/ Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) took over for Team White.
Kenndal McArdle (Burnaby, BC/Moose Jaw, WHL) got Team Red on the board with four minutes remaining in the second, pushing a Claude Giroux pass behind Levasseur to get Team Red to within one.
Team Red had a two man advantage late in the second period looking to tie things up, but Levasseur was up to the task as he turned aside numerous Team Red scoring chances. Team White led 2 -1 heading into the final period.
A minute and a half in to the third, Team Red defensemen Patrick McNeill (Strathroy, ON/Saginaw, OHL) banged home a rebound after jumping up into the play to knot things up at 2-2.
Team White regained their one goal lead two minutes later on the power play when Chris Stewart (Scarborough, ON/Kingston, OHL) took a rebound and slid the puck in to the open side of the net as Tyler Plante was on the opposite side of the net after making the initial save.
Stewart’s goal held up as the winner as Team White took game one 3-2 in an intense battle that went right down to the wire. Levasseur made 13 saves in 28 minutes while allowing two goals, and Tyler Plante made 10 saves while allowing one goal in net for Team Red.