POSTCARDS FROM YARMOUTH - Day Six
(Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) Random notes, quotes and observations from Day Six of training camp:
Ted Nolan wouldn't reveal too much information about who was headed to Moncton and Halifax for the two exhibition games, but he did say Rick DiPietro and Mike Dunham would be the two netminders.
Nolan said that the guys who made it to the exhibition games all earned it and that specifically Jeff Tambellini has earned everything he gets.
Frans Nielsen is hoping to become the first Danish NHL player in history and has received some extra media attention while in Yarmouth. A Danish reporter has been following Nielsen's progress and has even traveled to Yarmouth to cover the story.
The team had a bonding experience on the paintball course today. One of the more seasoned paintballers, Bruno Gervais filled us in on his strategy: œI like to not move around a lot. I stay in one place and look for a good shot. I also like to have a guy with me so one of us can sneak around an opposing player and get him while he's not looking.
Director of pro scouting Ken Morrow noted that when he was a player, they never had activities such as paintballing during their training camps. œI think this sort of team building is good for the players.
Check out the picture bellow for the best-dressed paintballers: Chris Simon and Brendan Witt.
The Lobster Cup was decided today in stunning fashion as 2004 third round draft pick Sergei Ogorodnikov notched the game-winning shootout goal for a 3-2 Team Tonelli victory in the deciding game on Wednesday.
Coming into the final day of the tournament Team Henning had nine points to Team Tonelli's five and Team Nystrom's four.
The first game between Tonelli and Nystrom ended in regulation tied at one with goals by Tonelli's Brandon Cullen and Nystrom's Jason Blake.
In the penalty shot period, goals by Radek Martinek and Joel Bouchard for Tonelli and Viktor Kozlov and Trent Hunter for Nystrom knotted the score at three. Ogorodnikov showed more of what was to come by making a nifty backhand deke to seal the game for Tonelli, matching Team Henning with nine points and creating a final game showdown to decide the Lobster Cup winner.
Team Tonelli continued their momentum into the second game by scoring twice in the first few minutes off Rick DiPietro. Arron Asham blasted a slapper past the blocker of Ricky for a quick 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Asham was attacking again, this time flanked by Ogorodnikov, who fired a low shot. Asham banged home the rebound to give Tonelli a 2-0 and put Henning back on their heels.
Recent acquisition Andy Hilbert got Team Henning on the board putting one past Wade Dubielewicz who played all four periods today because of Chris Madden's absence from the ice.
The regulation period ended with Tonelli up 2-1 and with Henning set to take six penalty shots and Tonelli, four.
Mike Mole stopped all four initial shooters for Team Henning and Dubielewicz let in only one of team for Team Tonelli giving up a goal to Jeff Tambellini.
From there, it was sudden death. With the players razzing each shooter as they came down by following them as they shot, Ogorodnikov made it look easy by deking to his forehand, then to his backhand and finally distributing the puck on his forehand passed a sprawling Mole.
Hilbert received the same sort of stalking by Team Tonelli when countering for Tean Henning, but a save by Dubeliewicz gave Tonelli the victory and the Cup.
When asked what the feeling was like after winning the first annual Lobster Cup, Robert Nillson jokingly replied, "It's like winning the Stanley Cup."
So what does the winner of the Lobster Cup earn? "They'll get some sort of special dinner," said Nolan. (And a lot of pride).
Sergei Ogorodnikov played down his Cup-clinching penalty shot. "I wasn't that nervous," he said. "It was a move I had done before." Sergei should look into teaching clinics on how to score on penalty shots, because he makes them look easy.
Known more for his skill and scoring touch, it was 2006 third round pick Robin Figren who laid out tough guys Joe Grimaldi and Brandon Cullen during today's final game. "It's not about size, it's about speed," said Figren. "Somebody had to do it."
39 Rick DiPietro
60 Mike Mole
3 Tom Poti - 6 Sean Hill
38 Allan Rourke - 37 Johan Halvardsson
56 Dustin Kohn - 65 Nick Tuzzolino
11 Andy Hilbert - 17 Shawn Bates - 29 Petteri Nokelainen
15 Jeff Tambellini - 44 Chris Ferraro - 81 Miroslav Satan
41 Robin Figren - 61 Jason Guerriero - 48 Steve Regier
50 Tomas Marcinko - 10 Richard Park
1 Mike Dunham
35 Billy Thompson
32 Brendan Witt - 8 Bruno Gervais
14 Chris Campoli - 68 Bryan Rodney
36 Mark Wotton - 43 Ryan Caldwell
47 Andrew MacDonald
34 Wade Dubielewicz
33 Chris Madden
77 Alexei Zhitnik - 2 Rick Berry
4 Joel Bouchard - 24 Radek Martinek
59 Kevin Mitchell - 64 Joe Grimaldi
79 Alexei Yashin - 18 Mike Sillinger - 21 Robert Nilsson
57 Blake Comeau - 40 Matt Koalska - 45 Arron Asham
53 Brandon Cullen - 62 Chris Gaudet - 26 Peter Ferraro
46 Sergei Ogorodnikov
Reported by Jason Lockhart