Team Red had to be seeing Red after starting the week with a couple of four-goal setbacks to Team White, a 7-3 loss on Wednesday and a 4-0 defeat on Thursday. That rancor showed on Friday in the third scrimmage of the week at the Capitals annual summer development camp. Red scored the game’s first goal and it never trailed on its way to a 7-3 win of its own on Friday.
Should Squad Red be able to repeat its victorious ways on Saturday in the scrimmage finale, the teams will finish the week all even. If White wins the day on Saturday, El Equipo Blanco retains bragging rights until this time in 2014.
Sergey Kostenko manned the net for Team White and Brandon Anderson for Team Red when the scrimmage started at 11 a.m. on Friday. Two of Washington’s 2012 draftees traded goals to start the game. Chandler Stephenson tallied on a breakaway for Red and Riley Barber continued his stellar showing this week with a redirect tally for Team White to even it up at 1-1.
Conor MacPhee – a teammate of Caps’ 2013 second-rounder Zach Sanford in the EJHL last season – cashed in on a 2-on-1 break to give Red a 2-1 lead. Just over two minutes later, first-rounders Tom Wilson (2012) and Andre Burakovsky (2013) combined on the goal that gave Team Red a 3-1 advantage.
With just under four minutes left in the first period, 2013 draftee Madison Bowey passed from the right point to 2011 draftee Garrett Haar at the left point. Haar wound up and fired, and Edmonton Oil Kings forward Stephane Legault deftly deflected the puck past Kostenko for Team Red to make it a 4-1 game.
With mere seconds remaining in the first, White got one of the goals back. Pouncing on a turnover just above the left circle, Ottawa 67s defenseman Michal Cajkovsky blasted a one-timer past Anderson to pull White to within a goal at 4-2.
Midway through the second, Louis-Phillippe Guindon took over in goal for Team Red and Clarke Saunders took over crease duty for Team White.
White went on a power play immediately after the goalie switch, but Stephenson tore off on a shorthanded breakaway and scored to make it 5-2 for the Reds. Team White did cash in during the waning seconds of its power play. Blake Heinrich – a 2013 draftee fired a shot and Chance Braid was at the goalmouth to help it past Guindon to make it a 5-3 game.
Midway through the third period, Sanford forced a neutral zone turnover and sprung U. of Western Ontario forward Zach Harnden on a breakaway. Harnden did the rest, beating Guindon to give Red more breathing room at 6-3.
White earned a power play with just over two minutes remaining, and it pulled Saunders in an effort to draw closer in a 6-on-4 situation. Instead, Wilson forced a turnover and wristed home an empty-netter with 99 seconds remaining.
The two teams will cap off the week on Saturday at 10 a.m. when they hook up in the final of their four scrimmages this week. If you can’t make it to Kettler to watch live, Monumental Network will be streaming a live feed of the action with John Walton on play-by-play and Caps’ assistant general manager Don Fishman alongside with analysis. Smokin’ Al Koken will chip in with sideline reports throughout.