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Development Camp Day 6: Final Scrimmage
The last scrimmage, in front of a sardine-packed Kettler crowd, was nothing short of physical and exhilarating. Group B defeated Group A by a score of 5-2.
Group B received goals from Karl Stollery, Reid Edmondson, two from T.J. Syner and Stanislav Galiev tallied an empty netter with less than 30 seconds left in the game. For Group A, Garrett Mitchell and Luke Lockhart were the goal scorers.
In addition, there was plenty of the usual rough stuff. Dustin Stevenson and Aaron Schmit dropped the gloves first. Fists were flying in that one, but it was all in good fun as both players were laughing with each other throughout the fight. Mitchell and Mike Boivin had a bit of a tussle after Mitchell hit him after the whistle. The final fight was between Dannick Paquette and Karl Stollery.
Overall, it was a good week. The players showed what they could do and impressed the coaches. Head Coach Bruce Boudreau commented afterward that every player in attendance impressed him.
Here are some other quick notes from the day:
- Matt Hendricks stopped by to sign autographs. He said he only came into town for Fan Fest, but that he’s planning on coming back in mid-August to start preparing for the 2011 season.
- General Manager George McPhee said that Garrett Haar was the player who surprised him most at camp.
- A couple of the free agent invitees will be coming back in September for Rookie Camp. Thomas Frazee and Scott Wietecha announced on Twitter that they would, in fact, be returning to Washington. Mitchell, who inked a contract at the end of last season, also announced via Twitter that he would be back in the fall.
- Cody Eakin said he was disappointed in his play and that he felt out of shape. However, Boudreau didn’t seem to think any less of the young center.