Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pens Development Camp Scrimmage

Penguins prospects took to the ice in front of a crowd of fans at Consol Energy Center for the annual Development Camp scrimmage this afternoon, with Team White holding off Team Black for a 6-4 win.

Troy Josephs will be heading back to Clarkson this summer, but not before he turned some heads this afternoon. Josephs tallied two goals in the win for Team White and added the winner in the shootout as well. His speed, feistiness and creativity could be seen in the AHL down the road.

Jospehs' linemates - Adam Payerl and Matia Marcantuoni - also made an impact today.

The first nine minutes were kind of a feeling out process but that quickly changed in middle part of the first period. Marcantuoni used his blazing high-end speed to burst past Brian Dumoulin and feed a centering pass that Payerl was able to direct past the netminder to put Team White in front 1-0.

About three minutes later, Ryan Segalla sent a stretch pass off the boards and Nick Lappin caught up to it, beating Stephen Mastalerz with a quick wrist shot low to the glove side to even things at 1-1.

Halfway through the first frame, Conor Sheary drew the game's first penalty and made no mistake on the penalty shot, undressing his former college teammate at UMass (Mastalerz) and finishing the play with a backhand to forehand goal. That goal put Team Black ahead 2-1.

On the next shift, Scott Wilson stole a puck on the offensive blue line and let loose a laser of a wrist shot wired to the top shelf on Mastalerz to extend Team Black's lead to 3-1.

Team White narrowed the gap to 3-2 before the first frame ended with Bryan Rust centering a puck to Blaine Byron, who with a defender on his back impressively found the handle on the puck and found a way to beat Jake Hildebrand in tight.

The physical play picked up in the second period as guys like Harrison Ruopp, Ryan Segalla and Reid McNeill delivered some punishing body checks for an intra-squad scrimmage.

Jospehs tied the game at 3-3 with his first of the contest, being rewarded for his hard work throughout the afternoon. Payerl got credit for the assist with a beautiful pass in tight from down below the goal line out to Jospehs, who buried it past Jarry to even the score. Credit Marcantuoni, who took a big hit behind the net to get the puck to Payerl and allow the play to happen.

Team White continued to pile on goals midway through the second frame, as a hard wrist shot from the point by Nick D'Agostino trickled through Jarry's legs to put White in front 4-3.

Oskar Sundqvist was clipped by an errant stick of Dumoulin a few minutes later and Sundqvist finished off the penalty shot with a nice move and goal to put White ahead. 5-3. Joseph's added his second of the game on a shot through traffic with about six and a half minutes left to kind of seal the deal at a 6-3 game.

Local product Sam Lafferty got Team Black within two at a 6-4 count in the final four minutes but that would be as close as they would get.

The event concluded with a shootout, which saw only three shooters score. Penguins 2014 first round pick Kasperi Kapanen started things off with a forehand to backhand roof job on Matt Murray, but it was Team White's Jake Guentzel and Troy Josephs responding to give White the clean sweep this afternoon..

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