Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cottonmouths 2011-12 Training Camp - Day 2

Day 2 started off with a less strenuous skate than Day 1.  That's because we had a scrimmage scheduled for the afternoon against Kennesaw State University (coached by former Cottonmouth Barry Dreger).  Since we were going to play a simulated game in the late afternoon, Jerome didn't feel the need to tire out the boys too much in the morning.  He wanted to see them at their best in the scrimmage.

We added 2 more players to the training camp roster this morning - Peter MacDougall returned after attending camp with the Reading Royals (ECHL) and David Berube made his way here after being released from the South Carolina Stingrays' (ECHL) camp.  Both were on the ice this morning.  The lineup was as follows:


Hammond   Bowles   Sullivan
   Moore        Lind      Kinnunen
Hergott      Braid       James
Berube   MacDougall  Wall


   Tyler          Barlow
Maldonado   Cianfrini
   Kessler       Krelove


    Vigier    Loewen

Again, I'm not sure of the exact pairings on defense, but basically that's what we had out there.

After a brisk but brief skate this morning, the guys came back this afternoon for the scrimmage.  It wasn't like a real game-not the same intensity-but it was better than a regular practice.  Sometimes it's nice just to see a different face on the other squad...even behind a bird-cage.  KSU was short a couple of guys, so Jerome let them borrow a couple of our defensemen.  The guys rotated through the lineup, 2 different D-men swapping jerseys to play for the KSU Owls for each period.  In the first it was Will Barlow and Bret Tyler.  I told Ty he looked damn good in that KSU jersey (they looked like Tyler's hometown Boston Bruins' jerseys).  For the last 2 periods we swapped goalies with KSU, letting Vigier and Loewen face some better shots from our guys than they were seeing from the college kids.  The Owls were a little better than we expected.  They had a lot of energy and just kept coming at our guys.  They were relentless.  I guess that's a product of their coach.  That's the way Dreger was.

The good guys won, but it was a pretty good game for both squads.  All in all, not a bad way to end a long but productive day.

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