Team White Scores 5-3 Win in Scrimmage
Megna shines in scrimmage on final day of Development Camp
By Mike O'Brien
The Pittsburgh Penguins closed out their 2013 Development Camp with an open scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at CONSOL Energy Center. Jayson Megna's two goals led the way as Team White skated to a 5-3 win over Team Black in front of thousands of fans packed into the lower bowl of the arena.
The scrimmage consisted of two, 25-minute halfs with an intermission in between. Penalties resulted in a penalty shot for the opposing team and each half ended with a three-round shootout. The line-ups were as follows:
Megna's first goal of the contest proved to be the game-winner as he drove the net and waited out goaltender Matt Murray before roofing a shot to make the score 4-2 for Team White late in the second half. Though free-agent invitee Jean-Sebastien Dea got Team Black within a goal, Megna sealed the victory for White on an empty-net goal with 32.5 seconds remaining.
A pair of 2012 Penguins draft picks combined for the game's first tally. Defenseman Derrick Pouliot stole a puck at center ice, stickhandled into the offensive zone and found Matia Maractuoni in stride on the right circle for a wrist shot over the shoulder of goalie Eric Hartzell. Scott Wilson would convert a penalty shot past BU's Sean Maguire just before the intermission to knot the score at one after the first half.
Scoring would pick up in the second period. Garnet Hathaway gave Team White its first lead of the scrimmage with a penalty shot goal that made the score 2-1. Carter Rowney beat netminder Tristan Jarry through the pads with a wrist shot from the hashmarks to even the match, but Bryan Rust responded on the next shift to put Team White back on top for good.
Observations from the scrimmage...
- Adam Payerl seems to be embracing his role as power forward. He finished his checks hard every time he was out on the ice.
- Maguire was the only goalie to not allow a regulation goal and made more than a few quick-reflex saves during his time in the net.
- A pairing for WBS in the playoffs this past Spring, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Mattaa looked very comfortable together on the ice during the scrimmage and repeatedly made quick transitions from the defensive zone into the offensive end.
- With the exception of Brendan Mikkelson, and barring any additional signings, fans in attendance likely saw the defense corps for the WBS come this Fall: Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, Reid McNeill, Nick D'Agostino, Harrison Ruopp, and Philip Samuelsson. Check out Friday's story about the next generation defensive prospects getting ready to lead WBS by clicking here.
- Megna was constantly getting by the defense and creating scoring chances with what John Hynes described as "NHL speed." For more about Megna, Payerl and the rest of the young forward core in WBS this season, click here.
- Great to see Tom Kuhnhackl back on the ice today. Even though it was just a scrimmage, it was Kuhnhackl's first game action since suffering a shoulder injury on December 1 of last year.
- Goaltender Eric Hartzell re-signed with Pittsburgh this morning. Read more about it here.
- All in all, a fantastic way to wrap up Development Camp and finish the week for the team, fans and City of Pittsburgh.
Attached is audio from after the scrimmage..
Penguins Development Camp Audio - John Hynes
Penguins Development Camp Audio - Tom Fitzgerald
Audio from Nick D'Agostino from Day 4 of Development Camp
Thank you all for following this week and we will see you in October for the start of the 2013-14 season.
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