The annual intra-squad game in front of about 500 fans at the Interior Savings Centre ended in a 4-2 win for Team White over Team Blue Tuesday night.
JT Barnett opened the scoring for Team Blue with a rocket over the shoulder of goaltender Cole Cheveldave for a 1-0 lead. Team White responded quickly as Matt McLeod buried a rebound past goaltender Cam Lanigan for a 1-1 tie through the first period.
Team White had a strong second period as Logan McVeigh was set up nicely by veterans Brendan Ranford and Marek Hrbas giving Team White a 2-1 lead. Dylan Willick gave Team White a 3-1 lead potting a terrific centering pass from Devin Oakes past goaltender Taran Kozun. Team White outshot Team Blue 12-5 in the frame.
In the third period, Team Blue made it interesting as Aspen Sterzer found a Braden Pears deflected shot first and scored, cutting the lead to 3-2 in favour of Team White. Colin Smith iced the game with an empty net goal and a 4-2 victory.
1. Team Blue – JT Barnett (Chase Souto, Tyler Hansen), PP, 9:08
1. Team White – Matt McLeod (Jared Marchi, Dallas Calvin), PP, 12:45
Team Blue – Chase Souto, 2 minutes for Roughing, 4:18
Team White – MacKenzie Ferner, 2 minutes for Slashing, 8:05
2. Team White – Logan McVeigh (Marek Hrbas, Brendan Ranford), 1:35
3. Team White – Dylan Willick (Devin Oakes, Mitch Friesen), 13:33
Team White – Josh Connolly, 2 minutes for Holding, 10:35
Team Blue – JC Lipon, 2 minutes for Holding, 11:44
Team Blue – Tre Potskin, 2 minutes for Elbowing, 11:58
2. Team Blue – Aspen Sterzer (Braden Pears, Chase Souto), 13:58
4. Team White – Colin Smith (Devin Oakes, Mitch Friesen), EN, 18:32
Team Blue – JC Lipon, 2 minutes for High-Sticking, 1:58
Team Blue – Tre Potskin, 2 minutes for Tripping, 5:31
Team Blue – Chase Souto, 2 minutes for Hooking, 9:11
Shots by period
Team Blue – 12, 5, 9 = 26
Team White – 13, 12, 9 = 34
Team Blue – Cam Lanigan 12/13, Taran Kozun 10/12, Braden Krogfoss 8/8
Team White – Cole Cheveldave 11/12, Troy Trombley 5/5, Scott Lapp 8/9
The Blazers will look to get the roster down to around 30 players from the current 46. I'm expecting the team to have an announcement regarding that shortly.