A couple quick notes from the two tournament mini games yesterday...
In game one (Tean Trottier vs Team Ruskowski), veteran d-man Derek Claffey had the hat-trick as he showed some offensive flair - something we rarely see from the defense first 18 year-old. It was enough to get Team Trottier into a shootout in which they won thanks to pretty goals from Euro David Steiler and Justin Dowling. Final score: Trottier 7 Ruskowski 6
- I thought 07 first rounder Christian Magnus for Team Ruskowski looked as good as he's been all week. 17 year-old Mike Brown continues to excel on occasion. He played a pair of games last season on a call-up basis.
- An unlikely scrap broke out late in the game between Trottier's Bienvenu and Ruskowski's Brad Hoban. Hoban has been a much talked about 16 year-old as he tries to crack the line-up this season.
Game two was another good one as Team Tiger held on to beat Team Sakic 6-4 with an empty netter. Dale Wiese scored two more goals - including the empty netter in the dying seconds after what looked like the tying goal from Team Sakic's Kris Foucault. Foucault is drawing more attention after a pair of nice goals in the contest. He has five in two games.
One of the best players in rookie camp last season, Foucault has worked on his conditioning this past year and has come to camp in better shape. He says it's definitely helping him this year.
'06 first rounder Cody Eakin continues to look impressive.
Game action continues today at 4pm and 7pm from the Fairview. A lot of Bronco fans are taking in the sessions and that's great to see. You can tell everyone is excited about the upcoming season.
- I should correct myself from a post on Thursday night. It was Team Sakic over Team Trottier 8-4 and not the other way around. I apologize to B.C. scout Albert Van Hoek who is behind the bench of Team Sakic who pointed that out to me yesterday...
- A quick note from around the league. Brandon Wheat Kings 18 year-old Matt Hallick will not be returning to the Wheaties. He's at home awaiting a trade after both sides agreed a change of scenery is necessary. Hallick only scored once in 49 games last season which was below expectations for all involved.