Friday, 31 August 2012

Hurricanes Camp Wrap: Day Three

The 2012 Lethbridge Hurricanes Training Camp at the ENMAX Centre wrapped up on Thursday with the vets and rookies separated for practice and scrimmages for the last time.

The day kicked off with the 96 and 97-born players from Team Red and Team Blue squaring off in a game that saw 13 goals scored. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Canes 2012 Draft pick Josh Hayward scored a pair of goals less than 5 minutes apart to open up a 3-0 cushion for Team Blue, but Reid Nemeth would get the Red squad on board before the first period was done. Starting in goal for Team Blue was Jonny Hogue who stopped 15 of the 16 shots he faced while Ryan Ferguson got the start at the other end. The goals came fast and furious in the 2nd. Ryan Pilon spotted Tyler Wong just three and a half minutes in making it a 3-2 game, but Blue would restore the 2 goal lead on an unassisted marker from last year’s 25th overall pick (2nd round) Kolten Olynek. The two sides would trade the next 5 goals and then Team Red would add a pair of in the final two minutes to make it a 7-6 game, but that’s as close as they’d get. Final shots on goal were 38-22 for Team Red and both Kolten Olynek (1G, 3A) and Jackson McKinstry (2G, 2A) both had 4 points in the game.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

1. Team Blue: Andrew McLennan (Kolten Olynek, Keven Moreau) 15:49
2. Team Blue: Josh Hayward (Jackson McKinstry) 16:25
3. Team Blue: Josh Hayward (Jackson McKinstry, Kolten Olynek) 21:00
4. Team Red: Reid Nemeth (unassisted) 23:10

2nd Period:

5. Team Red: Tyler Wong (Ryan Pilon) 3:31
6. Team Blue: Kolten Olynek (unassisted) 4:01
7. Team Blue: Andrew McLennan (Kade Jensen) 6:50
8. Team Red: Mik Doell (Giorgio Estephan) 7:40
9. Team Blue: Jackson McKinstry (Kolten Olynek) 18:44
10. Team Red: Mik Doell (unassisted) 19:40
11: Team Blue: Jackson McKinstry (Phoenix Worth, Andrew McLennan) 21:46
12: Team Red: Jesse Zaharichuk (Josh Read) 23:07
13: Team Red: Ryan Pilon (Mik Doell, Giorgio Estephan) 24:13

The rookies from Team Red and Team White met in the second scrimmage of the day and they traded goals making it a 2-2 game after Reid Nemeth banked his 2nd of the game. Team Red would get their first goal of the game thanks to an unassisted marker by Colton Sandboe at the 16:38 mark. Team White would tie things up again, but in the final 2 ½ minutes it was all Team Red who would tie the game at 4 sending it to a shootout. The lone goal would come off the stick of Zack Finlay giving Team White a 5-4 win.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

1. Team White: Zack Finlay (Thomas Lenchyshyn) 1:38
2. Team Red: Reid Nemeth (Jesse Zaharichuk) 5:52
3. Team White: Colby Chartier (Bryton Sayers) 9:34
4. Team Red: Reid Nemeth (Cole Kapak, Tyler Wong) 14:15
5. Team Red: Colton Sandboe (unassisted) 16:38
6. Team White: Josh Giacomin (Kody White, Thomas Lenchyshyn) 22:30

2nd Period:

7. Team White: Josh Giacomin (Colt Conrad, Braden Ruff) 22:37
8. Team Red: Tyler Wong (Ryan Pilon) 23:40


Team White:

Reid Duke – Miss
Colt Conrad – Miss
Zach Befus – Miss
Zack Finlay – GOAL

Team Red:

Giorgio Estephan – Miss
Zachary Goberis – Miss
Tyler Wong – Miss
Ryan Pilon - Miss

Sam McKechnie scored a hat trick to help lead Team B/White to a 4-2 victory in their first game, but this time it would be the Blomqvist brothers who would score a pair of goals in leading Team White to another “w” over Team A/Red. Russ Maxwell (Team Red) scored the first goal, but three straight by their opponents helped lead them to a 3-2 win despite another late goal from Maxwell. Final shots were 32-20 for the Red team.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
Team Red: Russ Russ Maxwell (Dan Johnston)

2nd Period

2. Team White: Michael Sofillas (Spencer Galbraith)
3. Team White: Albin Blomqvist (Craig Leverton)
4. Team White: Axel Blomqvist (Graham Hood)
5. Team Red: Russ Maxwell (Jamal Watson, Dan Johnston)

Team Blue and Team White closed out the final scrimmage of the day. Jackson McKinstry scored first for the Blue team giving them a 1-0 lead after the first period. Blue also narrowly outshot White 12-11. A trio of goals in the 2nd period with Canes Bantam picks from the last 2 years scoring all the goals. Bryton Sayers pulled the White team even just 3 minutes into the 2nd but an unassisted marker by Cole Plotnikoff gave Team Blue the lead while Kolten Olynek added some insurance at the 14 minute mark. Team Blue with a 3-1 win even though they were narrowly outshot 25-21.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period

1.Team Blue: Jackson McKinstry 17:512.

2nd Period

2. Team White: Bryton Sayers (Reid Duke, Devin Ruff) 3:23
3. Team Blue: Cole Plotnikoff (unassisted) 13:39
4. Team Blue: Kolten Olynek 14:50

The teams are now done being separated into rookies and vets. For the final three days of camp, the players will all be combined and split into 4 teams that will play 2 games each day over the next two days before the 3rd Place and Alumni Championship game on Sunday.

Be sure to visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily reports from Hurricanes Training Camp and the preseason which is proudly sponsored by ENMAX. Fans are encouraged to attend camp to get their first look at the 2012-2013 Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Canes exhibition schedule starts on September 5th (vs. Calgary in Taber) before the Canes host Medicine Hat at the ENMAX Centre on September 12th. Tickets for both games in Taber and Lethbridge are available through their Minor Hockey Associations.

(Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)



  1. Interesting Article from a Tri-City newspaper....Hurricanes President and Board should read this:

    Tot adjusting to fast pace of Americans' campPublished: August 30 17 hours ago
    Annie Fowler, Herald staff writer It didn’t take Phil Tot long to realize he wasn’t in Lethbridge anymore.Acquired by the Americans on Aug. 14 from the Hurricanes, Tot has gotten a taste of main camp with the Americans this week, and his Twitter account has documented the suffering: “2 a days and 3 a days really kick your ass. Get me to a bed. #recovery #coconutwaters.” And: “The things I would do to go back to bed. #Unforgiveable.”“Everything is a lot higher pace here,” Tot said after Thursday morning’s practice. “Practices in Lethbridge, you go about 70 to 80 percent. Here, Jim (coach Hiller) doesn’t care if you mess up, just as long as you are going as hard as you can. Then there are bag skates (similar to lines drills in basketball) afterward. It’s good and it tires you out, but it gets you more game ready, and you will have that extra push in the third period.”Tot, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward, will get to put his new-found skills to work today against the Everett Silvertips at the Everett Tournament. The Americans will face Portland at 3 p.m. on Saturday in their final game of the tournament.Former Lethbridge teammate Derek Ryckman, who came to the Americans in a trade last year, gave Tot a bit of a heads up when it came to the hard work that is expected.“Derek gave me the lowdown,” Tot said. “It’s all good. I love it here. The organization is professional. Everyone has been very welcoming, and the climate is nice.”After experiencing camp, Tot has come to realize how the Americans have been so successful in recent years, scoring 90 or more points each of the last six years and winning four U.S. Division titles in five years.“Practice is a lot tougher,” he said. “When the season rolls around, I will be ready for a lot of hockey. I think last year (Tri-City) beat us 10-4 or something like that (it actually was 7-3). Everything they did was fast. Their system works a lot faster. Everything is high intensity, and it shows in the games.”Tot has been paired with Jesse Mychan and team captain Justin Feser in practice, though Mychan won’t play today or Saturday.“I think we will work well together,” Tot said. “I just have to learn the system a little more. It’s a lot different than what I’m used to.”The Americans still have 34 players in camp, though four 15-year-olds will head home after Everett. Feser, in his fifth year with the Americans, said main camp has run smoothly.“Our guys came ready for camp,” Feser said. “We are ready to get the exhibition games going and to get the season started. Obviously, we have holes left by guys who were here last year, and now they’re gone. It’s a chance for guys who are ready to take that step and put more weight on their shoulders.”NOTE

    Read more here:

  2. Not sure what to make of this?? It could possibly be that Tot wasn't in shape when he showed up for Canes camp and decided of his own accord to give 70-80%. The reason things are faster paced in Tri-city is because, once again, he might be out of shape and not ready for camp.

    Just some thoughts.


  3. There is a code that has been broken here. Lethbridge does a great job of sending Tot to a great program, and Tot turns around and sewers the clu in the media. Very disappointing. Lethbridge is currently undertaking a wonderful rebuilding process, with a great list of players. They should just stay on the high road on this one. As for Tot, his mom and dad and new coach should take the kid over their knees and give him a lickin' for how much disrespect he has just shownto a team which treated him very well. Bad character.

  4. Not sure why Pat won't show my comments. I simply stated, that as a father of a player on the team the last few seasons that the hurricanes coaches have ran the kids through the same two practice plans for 2 seasons now. The practices get old and stale. Kids can go at 75% when they have been doing the drills for so long. They can do the drills in their sleep. It's a shame really.

  5. Sorry. I did not see a post from you prior to this. If you submitted one it may have got held up somehow. I've had that happen in the past.

  6. That's not good to hear about the practices being stale. I would expect the coaching staff to have implemented some new drills/practice schemes this year to challenge the players. With none of the coaches willing to engage the public/parents on this issue, I can only assume this parent is telling the truth.

    I'm not impressed with this.


  7. Plus, put your name to it. Pat, I'm Emerson Etem's dad. Honest.

  8. I too have watched the Hurricane drills over the last couple of seasons and they appear to be the same old, same old things. Heck, all one has to do is check online and a coach (of any level) can find drills, powerplay setups, etc.

    Main concern still remains coaching the d-men. With a very young d-corps this year, getting the puck out of their zone, d-zone coverage and communication could be a huge problem for this group. I am not knocking the talent, because it is there........but I do have concerns about who is coaching the d-men. These players have to develop (not just based on their skill). I believe this is still a major concern for the Hurricanes.