BLUE EDGES WHITE IN U17 CAMP FINALE
JASON LA ROSE
CALGARY, Alta. – Joe Carroll (Almonte, Ont./Carleton Place, HEO) scored the game-winner with just under four minutes to go, sending Blue to a 3-2 win over White in the final game at Canada’s national under-17 development camp on Friday afternoon.
Blue ended its intrasquad schedule with two wins and a loss, while White could only manage a single shootout victory alongside a pair of defeats.
With Blue pressuring, Carroll cruised through the slot and got his stick on a shot from Robert Calisti (Toronto, Ont./Toronto Nationals, GTHL), redirecting it past Mack Guzda (Nashville, Tenn./Detroit Honeybaked, USU16) to give Blue its third and final lead of the game.
Outshooting White 13-6 in the first period, it was no surprise Blue struck for the only goal in the opening frame; after a turnover at the White blue-line, Philip Tomasino (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga Rebels, GTHL) knocked in a rebound in front of goaltender Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta./Calgary Buffaloes, AMHL) for a 1-0 lead.
White got that back with the lone goal of the second period, with Connor Bouchard (Cochrane, Alta./Okanagan Hockey Academy, CSSHL) going to the net and burying a centering feed from Navrin Mutter (Lucan, Ont./Elgin Middlesex, MHAO) to send the game to the intermission even at 1-1.
Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, N.L./Bishop’s College School, CAHS) put Blue back on top just past the three-minute mark of the third period, corralling a rebound in front and tucking it around Guzda, but Samuel Poulin (Blainville, Que./Collège Esther-Blondin, LHMAAAQ) answered four minutes later, chipping a shot up and over Nolan Maier (Yorkton, Sask./Yorkton, SMAAAHL) to make it 2-2 ahead of the Caroll winner.
All four goaltenders were busy; Blue starter Roman Basran (Abbotsford, B.C./Yale Hockey Academy, CSSHL) stopped all 13 shots he faced before giving way to Maier, who turned aside 10 of 12. At the other end, Guzda made 18 saves in relief of Gauthier, who went 13-for 14.