Day 3 of Lethbridge Hurricanes Training Camp brought with it the beginning of the Training Camp Mini Tournament.
Team Pushor, Seabrook and Wright (Named in honor of the three former Hurricanes Captains) were made up of all camp participants and gave fans the first chance to see the 96 and 95 born players mixed in with their veteran counterparts. Each team played each other twice today and will play again tomorrow with the top two teams advancing to the Sunday final at 11AM. It should be noted that former Hurricanes Captain Carter Bancks is expected to be joined by former Hurricanes fan favorites Mike Wuchterl and Mitch Versteeg and possibly others as special guest coaches of the final game on Sunday.
Game 1 - Team Pushor (Red) vs. Team Wright (Blue) - Team Pushor wins 4-3
The day started early with an 8 AM matchup between Cam Braes' Team Pushor and Austin Fyten's Team Wright. Camp invite Mac Hardy got things started in the first with a one timer to the far side of the net. Braes then followed suit as he roofed one to give Team "Push" the 2-0 lead with about 7 minutes gone in the 35 minute period. Fyten another of the Canes 20 year old overages in camp was not to be outdone by his linemate from last season - He notched his first of the 2011 Training Camp as Team Wright looked to show some push back. Later in the period - Veteran Graham Hood snapped home a nice wrister from the slot on a 3 on 2 rush to extend the lead to 3-1 for Team Pushor. The Blues of Team Wright would not go away as Brady Ramsay - a Canes sophomore tallied before camp rookie and 95-born draft pick Kolten Olynek scored to make it a 4-2 lead for the Reds. Fyten would add another a top shelf snapper to make it close in the second half as goaltender Christopher Tai posted 35 shutout minutes but in the end Team Wright would fall 4-3 to Team Pushor. Braes (1G,2A) and Fyten (2G) led their respective teams in points.
1. PUSHOR RED - Mac Hardy (Braes, Norlin)
2. PUSHOR RED - Cam Braes (Poirier, Hackman)
1. WRIGHT BLUE - Austin Fyten (Maxwell)
3. PUSHOR RED - Graham Hood (Braes, M.Watson)
2. WRIGHT BLUE - Brady Ramsay (Johnston, Merkley)
4. PUSHOR RED - Kolten Olynek (Bezuch, Poirier)
3. WRIGHT BLUE - Austin Fyten
Game 2 - Team Pushor (Red) vs. Team Seabrook (White) - Team Seabs Wins 8-4
Team Seabrook looked like the fresher side coming out of the gates as they blazed out to a quick lead and found themselves up 3-0 through the first 13 minutes of play off goals from Mitch Guiel, Jaimen Yakubowski and Jamal Watson. Guiel would go on to finish the game with 3 points (2G,1A) while Yakubowski would finish with a pair of genos and veteran Brody Sutter had a trio of assists to lead Team Seabs in the rout. Team Pushor showed signs of life but in the end it was too little push back too late - possibly combined with fatigue from the morning game that seemed to spell the end for the now 1-1 Red team. Trevor Poirier, Juraj Bezuch, Sam Young and Chris Stovall all scored in a losing cause as Team Pushor piled on to finish with an 8-4 win in their first game of the tourney. Kelly Duke, the older brother of Canes 96-born draft pick Reid Duke scored the other goal for Team Seabs who would line up against Team Wright in the evening game. For Team Seabrook's Albin Blomqvist this game gave him his first taste of WHL caliber talent and the young swede responded with a solid physical game.
1. SEABROOK WHITE - Mitch Guiel (Oslanski, Sutter) :24
2. SEABROOK WHITE - Jaimen Yakubowski (R.Duke, Guiel) 5:56
3. SEABROOK WHITE - Jamal Watson (Sutter, Amson) 13:18
1. PUSHOR RED - Trevor Poirier (Braes) 14:00
4. SEABROOK WHITE - Kelly Duke (Tait) 17:30
2. PUSHOR RED - Juraj Bezuch (Braes) 33:00
5. SEABROOK WHITE - Jaimen Yakubowski (Sutter) 6:58
3. PUSHOR RED - Sam McKechnie (Stovall, Hirose) 10:15
6. SEABROOK WHITE - Mitch Guiel (Thorimbert) 14:48
4. PUSHOR RED - Chris Stovall (unassisted) 16:30
7. SEABROOK WHITE - Kelly Duke (Tait) 32:18
8. SEABROOK WHITE - Clayton Tait (Henry) 33:18
Game 3 - Team Seabrook (White) vs. Team Wright (Blue) – Team Wright Wins 9-6
One of the tighter checking games of the day was the evening game between Team Seabrook and a "rested" Team Wright who were looking to keep pace and move all three teams into a 1-1 record going into Saturday games. The Boys in Blue did not disappoint as they blasted their way to a 3-2 lead in the first half off goals from Mitch Foyle, Tyler Wong and Jay Merkley. Jaimen Yakubowski and Jamal Watson both tallied for the second straight game for Team Seabs in the first half. But it was Brady Ramsay who led the way as Team Wright took over in the second half of the game with six goals including a hat trick from the sophomore Ramsay. Joel Topping, Sam Young and Russell Maxwell all chimed in as well for the winning side while Brody Sutter (2G), Landon Oslanski and Clayton Tait scored for Team Seabrook. 96-born tendy Jonny Hogue put in a solid performance in the first half for Team Blue with an amazing 30 saves on 33 shots.
1. WRIGHT BLUE - Mitch Foyle (Jackson)
2. WRIGHT BLUE - Tyler Wong (Topping)
1. SEABROOK WHITE - Jaimen Yakubowski (Oslanski, Sutter)
3. WRIGHT BLUE - Jay Merkley (Fyten)
2. SEABROOK WHITE - Jamal Watson (Blomqvist)
4. WRIGHT BLUE - Joel Topping (Fyten)
5. WRIGHT BLUE - Brady Ramsay (Laurencelle, Young)
3. SEABROOK WHITE - Brody Sutter (Henry)
6. WRIGHT BLUE - Brady Ramsay (Pilon)
4. SEABROOK WHITE - Landon Oslanski (Guiel)
7. WRIGHT BLUE - Sam Young (Laurencelle)
5. SEABROOK WHITE - Clayton Tait (K.Duke)
8. WRIGHT BLUE - Russ Maxwell (Fyten, Leverton)
6. SEABROOK WHITE - Brody Sutter (J.Watson)
9. WRIGHT BLUE - Brady Ramsay (Young)
Day four promises to be very competitive with all three teams knotted at 1-1. Games start bright and early at 8 am Saturday as each of the three teams will play each other twice - then wrap up Sunday with a Championship game between the top two teams.
(Report from Ryan Ohashi, Hurricanes Manager of Communications & Events)
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