Team C won the first scrimmage in the battle for the Duchesne Cup, defeating Team B, 5-0. While it was a decidedly lopsided contest, keep in mind that Team B lifted prior to taking the ice.
All that considered though, Team C's forwards showed a level of chemistry and perhaps no line stood out as much as the one of Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault and Eric Fehr, who each scored a goal.
Chimera went top-shelf after using his blistering speed to create space for a breakaway, Fehr smacked in a rebound from another Chimera shot, and Perreault out-maneuvered Tomas Fleischmann to get two of his own rebounds before scoring his goal. The line also had several more prime chances, but faced a rather young defensive group most of its time on the ice.
"I thought they looked really good," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the line. "Jason with his skating speed is in midseason form right now. He had three breakaways, but there was a young [Group B] defense other than [John] Erskine and [Tom] Poti and I don't think they'd seen speed come at them like that before."
All things considered, with it being only the first scrimmage of the season, Chimera was glad to see his line gel as quickly as it did.
"I played pretty well with Fehrsy last year and me him and [Brendan] Morrison were a pretty good line for the team last year," he said. So it was nice. Matty's the same kind of player as Brendan is. He's gifted offensively he can get the pucks out to us and it's fun."
Here are some other notes and quotes from the third day of training camp:
-- The format for these scrimmages is a 30-minute, running-clock first period; a 20-minute, running-clock second; and a final 10-minute, stop-clock third.
-- Trevor Bruess made himself known early on by flipping Fleischmann into the bench. Later in the scrimmage, Matt Hendricks exacted a little payback on the Bruess with an open-ice hit.
-- The other goals were scored by Brian Fahey and Andrew Gordon, whose tally was the end result of a nifty tic-tac-toe series that began with Keith Aucoin and Samuel Carrier.
-- In his media scrum, Boudreau seemed to hint strongly at the possibility of young defensmen Karl Alzner and John Carlson being paired together in the NHL like they were so much for Hershey.
"That's why we teamed them up from the start of training camp," Boudreau said. "One of the things the Hershey coaches always told us is those two guys have tremendous chemistry together. You could tell in the playoffs, you could tell when they're up here. They're two really good young defensemen and at the same time they don't feel like: Oh I'm playing with this guy I've got to make a great play or he's going to be mad at me. [They're] just young guys trying to find their way and it's good for them."
-- Goaltender Brandon Anderson has been sent back to his junior team, the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes. Phillip Grubauer has taken his spot with Group A.