Sunday, August 28, 2016
Regina Pats 2016 Training Camp Day 2 Recap
The rookies were back on the ice to start day two of 2016 Regina Pats training camp. Team White took on Team Navy for a third time, Navy won the first two matchups on day 1. The club made a couple of changes to their team rosters as shown below.
Rayce Ramsay started in goal for Team White while Dawson Rattai got the nod for Team Navy. Neither allowed a goal in the opening period, White led the shots on goal 15-12.
In the second Team White broke the deadlock on the powerplay when Michael Ladyman fond a loose puck left side and beat a diving Rattai. Blue tied it up later in the period when Riley Krane tipped a puck in front and it fluttered over the shoulder of Ramsay and just inside the far post. White took the lead back when Luc Masse cut to the slot and shot just inside the post to make it 2-1 and that was the score through 40 minutes.
In the third Duncan Pierce tied the game for Team Navy with assists to Mackenzie Belinski and Randon Schmidt. However late in the period Logan Nijhoff redirected a puck from the left side of the net to make it 3-2 White and that was the final score.
The veterans took to the ice next with a Team Red practice and then Team Navy Blue practised as well.
The afternoon scrimmages started with the rookies Team Navy and Team White. Max Paddock started in goal for Team Blue and Dawson Rattai for Team White.
In the first period Kjell Kjemhus gave Team White the 1-0 lead with an assist to Reese Jackson. Spencer Weinkauf tied it up for Team Navy a short time later with assists to Cam Mitchell and Aaron Yuke. White got the lead back however when Miguel Tetreault finished one off from Logan Nihoff and Trevor Simpson and it was 2-1 after 1.
In the second Bryan Lockner made it 3-1 White, assisted by Logan Nihoff and Kiano Robinson but Team Navy responded with two in a row, the first from Cole Muir the second Duncan Pierce and it was 3-3 at the buzzer.
In the final frame Tristen Robins scored early, the first of two in the period to give Team White the 4-3 lead. Late in the frame Bryan Lockner stole a puck in the corner, cut in front and finished a beauty on the backhand for his 2nd of the night to make it 5-3. Robins then added an empty netter to make it 6-3 White and that was the final.
The late scrimmage for the veterans was Team Red against Team Light Blue. Jordan Hollett started in goal for Team Red, Kurstis Chapman for Light Blue.
In the first period Team Light Blue opened the scoring on the powerplay. Jake Leschyshyn banged in a rebound, assisted by Chase Harrison and Dawson Leedahl. That was all the scoring for the frame, Team Light Blue outshot Red 15-13.
In the second Austin Wagner scored to make it 1-1 with assists to Adam Brooks and Austin Johnston. Jared Freadrich made it 2-1 on a shot from the right point and then Lane Zablocki extended the lead to 3-1. Luc Smith with two assists in the period and Red took the two goal lead to the break.
In the third Riley Woods finished a beautiful feed from Adam Brooks to make it 4-1. Light Blue got one back when Filip Ahl forced a turnover, skated in all alone and beat Jordan Hollett 5-hole to make it a 4-2 game. Light Blue pulled Chapman late but Adam Brooks scored to make it 5-2. Light Blue got one back in the final 10 seconds when Filip Ahl potted a rebound for his second of the game but the final was 5-3 Team Red.
Henry says he is feeling a little pressure from both sides. "Yeah you are getting tugged both ways a little bit. You know you are on the phone all the time either calling or texting John (Paddock) or Andy (Murray) or assistant coaches. It's a lot of talking and stuff but just trying to make the best decision here for my career and hopefully that will get me somewhere where I want to get which is pro hockey."
Henry feels no matter what he decides, it will work out for his benefit to getting to the pros. "There's no wrong decision, no wrong way to go at it but you just have to figure out what's the best for you right now and then so yeah it's going to be a tough decision here in the next couple of days."
However Henry went on to say he's still not sure what is best for him going forward. "I don't know, it's tough feeling it all out you know... The college route you get a couple extra years to develop and you will have a couple extra years to try and earn that pro contract. In the Western League you are going to play with the top guys and this Regina Pat team is going to be a heck of a team this year so it would be a heck of a team to play on."
Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock says he has been impressed with Henry so far in camp. "I think he showed what our guys had seen in him, our scouts and Dave (Struch) last spring in Estevan (at the WCC). He's very smart, passes the puck hard, makes good plays, shoots the puck hard. That's all apparent."
Paddock on the prospects of signing the 17-year-old. "I guess you could say I am cautiously optimistic that things are going in the right way."
The Pats are back on the ice for a couple of morning practises on Monday before the annual Blue and White game at the Co-operators Arena at 7 PM.