After two days of teaching and drills, the players were ready to add a little more fun and competition to their day. The Ducks had their first (and only) scrimmage of training camp on Monday morning. While there were not a lot of people to watch the first group practice in the morning, plenty had gathered for the 10:00am scrimmage.
Team Black, who had just finished their time on the ice, had less jump in their step. While they took at early lead with a goal from JF Jacques just 5:00 minutes in. Anaheim’s newest draft pick, Rickard Rakell, took advantage of a muddle in the neutral zone and got the puck to Jaques, who finished it off. It looked promising, but that was all they had to show for their efforts at the end of 60 minutes.
Peter Holland tied up the game for Team White midway through the first half with a shot that made it from the blue line through traffic and into the net.
A breakaway from Dan Sexton was stopped by John Gibson, who looked very poised and solid in net considering that he is only 18 years old.
The teams entered the second half tied at 1-1, but it did not take long for White to pull away. Andrew Cogliano got his puck up and over the shoulder of the netminder and Team White never looked back.
Andrew Gordon, got the next two goals, making certain that coaching staff remembered his name. Gordon took Bobby Ryan’s spot on a line with Holland and Cogliano. Ryan did not practice or scrimmage after pulling a groin in yesterday’s camp session. Gordon clearly stepped up and made an impression.
Nick Bonino made it 5-1 with six minutes left to go in the scrimmage. Black was frustrated further when Emerson Etem upended Sheldon Brookbank mid ice. Brookbank retaliated with a hook on Etem, but he should have remained focused on the game instead of exacting revenge. Etem had the last laugh by finishing off the shift with the final goal of the day, leaving Brookbank’s dignity completely disgraced.
After the scrimmage, Team White held their drill practice, but nothing as eventful as yesterday. No injuries is a good thing.
Tomorrow the Ducks get down to business with their first pre-season game against Phoenix. I would be surprised if Gordon’s name is not on the first list of players to dress for the game.
In other notes: Defenseman Kurtis Foster has figured out what is causing his knee inflammation. After breaking his leg in March 2008, there were all sorts of wires and pins placed in the leg for stability. One of the wires was determined to be causing the irritation and inflammation in his knee.
Therefore, Foster underwent surgery at UCI Medical Center to remove the wire this morning. He will be out two to four weeks recovering.