It’s the final day of training camp and also the day of the championship
game. Teams A and C prepare to face off against each other before
boarding their buses and heading back to Detroit.
The opening line up is impressive. Team A’s starting line up consists of
Brett Hull and Yuri Butsayev, centered by the captain Steve Yzerman. On
defense for Team A is Mathieu Dandenault and Maxim Kuznetsov with Manny
Legace starting in net.
Team B’s starting line up is centered by Igor Larionov with Luc
Robitaille and Darren McCarty as the wingers. Nicklas Lidstrom and
Fredrik Olausson man the blue line with Domink Hasek in goal.
They played two twenty minute periods for the championship scrimmage.
The first ten minutes in each period were played as a regular game. The
next five minutes were played with the buzzer being sounded every fifty
seconds for line changes. The final five minutes played with exciting
Jason Williams was the first to score, notching a goal seven minutes and
thirty-five seconds into the first period for Team A.
A few minutes later Ryan Barnes was battling for the puck along the
boards and suddenly realized the puck was no longer between himself and
the boards. Turning around quickly and glancing to the left and right
for where the puck hand gone he seemed a bit confused until he heard it
hit the glass directly behind his head as someone shot it high trying to
clear it out of the zone.
With three minutes remaining in the first period, Barnes came around
behind the net and tried passing across to Williams who was open on
Hasek’s stick side. Hasek had other plans though and foiled Barnes and
Williams’ when he smothered the puck with his glove on it’s way through
the top of his crease.
With 5.7 seconds remaining in the first period Steve Duchesne evened up
the score with a goal for Team B. Pavel Datsyuk made an impressive cross
ice pass to Duchesne who easily shot the puck in the net behind Legace
who was still facing towards Datsyuk.
At the start of the second period there was a change in goal for both
teams. Dominik Hasek was replaced with this years draft pick, Drew
MacDonald while Manny Legace was replaced with veteran Chris Osgood.
Two minutes and four seconds into the period Larionov tipped Lidstrom’s
shot past Osgood giving Team B a 2-1 lead.
A minute and forty-five seconds later Osgood went to play the puck and
passed it up to a player with the winged wheel on his jersey. The
problem was that player, Datsyuk, was wearing a home jersey and Osgood
was wearing an away jersey. Datsyuk scored an easy goal into the wide
Six minutes and seventeen seconds into the second period Chris Slater
slashed Chad LaRose across the hand, which after the game and x-rays was
shown to be broken. The slash infuriated LaRose’s teammate, Tim
Verbeek, who went after Slater. Slater was on top at the end of the
fight and both went to the box for one minute unsportsmanlike conduct
A minute after Slater got out of the box he instigated another fight,
this time with Barnes. Barnes got the better of Slater with several good
punches to the face. They both went to the box for two minutes for
Boyd Devereaux scored making the score 4 to 1 for Team B with eleven
minuets left in the game.
Osgood went down to his knees for a shot half way through the second
period but the puck bounced up and over his head. Luckily for him,
tryouts Harlan Anderson and Danny Groulx were there and shot the puck
out of the crease as it was rolling towards the goal line.
With six minutes and sixteen seconds remaining in the game, Slater
instigated yet another fight, this time with Dwayne Zinger. Zinger, who
broke his hand in the fight, got several good punches in and Slater fell
to the ice as the officials came in to break it up. When the officials
pulled them apart Slater tried to work his way free of the linesman to
go back at Zinger.
With two minutes to go in the period, playing four-on-four hockey,
Magnus Nilsson scored the first and only goal on MacIntyre with assists
from Uwe Krupp and Jesse Wallin.
The final score of the championship game was 4-2 with Team C on top.
The teams packed their gear and said their last good bye’s. They signed
a few more autographs before they boarded the buses for Detroit to start
the exhibition season. They will face off against the New York Rangers
at the Joe Louis Arena on Monday.
The rink wasn’t empty long before it was filled with the voices of young
boys getting ready for a Squirt AA travel hockey team practice,
developing more young hockey players who play for the love of the game.