© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Prince Albert Raiders 16-year-old hopeful Matteo Gennaro leaps into the air in an attempt to avoid a collision with goaltender Tanner Balk as Spencer Meyer (in white) and Cody Paivarinta watch the puck in the background during the third period of the intrasquad game at the Are Hauser Centre on Sunday.
If the action during the Prince Albert Raiders intrasquad game was any indication of what's to come this season, you better buy your season tickets now.
Team White won 5-4 in a shootout in a game that featured more than 90 shots on net and two goals in the last 63 seconds.
The two teams traded goals in order until Leon Draisaitl's marker with 1:03 left appeared to ice the game for Team White. But rookie hopeful Drake Lindsay scored his second of the game with 12 seconds remaining for Team Black to send it to a shootout.
Josh Morrissey's shootout goal for Team White gave them the win. Draisaitl, and Jayden Hart for Team Black, had also scored in the shootout.
Dakota Conroy, Cole John McCarten, Mike Winther and Draisaitl scored for Team White while Team Black had Lindsay's pair and singles from Jayden Hart and Reid Gardiner.
Both teams had a blend of veterans and rookies.
Hart said he wasn't surprised by the intensity of the game.
"It's been competitive all main camp," Hart said. "It's been the same two teams so we've been going back and forth all camp. It's all good fun with teammates on the other side."
Each goaltender had 30 minutes of work. Nick McBride of Team White was perfect, Cole Cheveldae of Team Black gave up one goal, Tanner Balk of Team Black gave up three and Rylan Parenteau of Team White gave up four goals. Parenteau blocked two of three attempts in the shootout while Balk surrendered a pair of goals.
Cheveldave chuckled later about the frantic pace in the first period.
"Coming in there I kind of got shell-shocked in the first period but I held my ground as much as I could," he said. "I kind of got in the groove in the second period and things started to even out. It was all around a great intrasquad game. I can't wait for the season to start."
Raiders GM Bruno Campese said he was pleased with several things, from the work his veterans put in to the competitive nature of the camp.
"It was excellent," Campese said. "From rookie camp to main camp I thought the competitive spirit was very good, the best since I've been here. I think we're making progress in lots of areas."
The Raiders did their one-on-one interviews with the players after the game. Fifteen of the 43 players were released, bringing the roster down to 28. Four 15-year-olds that were still in camp can't play full-time with the team this season.
The names of the players who were reassigned will be released on Monday, Campese said.
"Any general manager will tell you that it's probably one of the worst days of the year when you have to tell some of these kids that they're not moving on," he said.
No veterans were let go, something that pleased Campese after three failed to make the team last year.
Campese was unsure of how many players the team will carry during the season. He expects that by the home opener the team will be down to 24 by the home opener and then they will decide on their next step later.
GAME NOTES ... Each team skated 21 players ... Gage Quinney, 1995, R, is out with a groin injury ... Four 15-year-olds skated in the intra-squad game; Cody Paivarinta, Dylan WIlliamson, Kylan Shea for Team Black and Luke Coleman for Team White ... The Raiders had four goalies, 14 defencemen and 25 forwards in camp prior to making the cuts ... The Raiders play a pair of preseason home-and-home games against the Regina Pats and Saskatoon Blades . They have Monday off before facing the Regina Pats at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. They then face off in Regina on Friday ... Saskatoon plays here on Sept. 13 and then the two teams meet in Warmen on Sept. 14 ... The season kicks off on Sept. 20 in Saskatoon, with the two teams playing the next night at the Art Hauser Centre ... The final shots on net were 54-38 for Team White ...
TEAM ROSTERS BY POSITION:
(name, birth year, veteran or rookie):
• Goalies: Cole Cheveldave, 1993, V; Tanner Balk, 1996, R;
• Defence: Evan Morden, 1993, V; Sawyer Lange, 1994, V; Riley Guenther, 1994, V; Mackenzie Stewart, 1995, V; Ben Verrell, 1996, R; Brendan Guhle, 1997, R, Cody Paivarinta, 1998, R.
• Forwards: Chance Braid, 1994, V; Carson Perreaux, 1994, V; Jayden Hart, 1994, V; Shane Danyluk, 1994, V; Tanner Magalas, 1995, R; Drake Lindsay, 1995, R; Dylan Williamson, 1998, R; Darcy Zaharichuk, 1996, R; Dylan WIlliamson, 1998, R; Lance Yaremchuk, 1996, R; Reid Gardiner, 1996, V; Caleb Seaman, 1997, R; Kylan Shea, 1997, R.
• Goalies: Rylan Parenteau, 1996, R; Nick McBride, 1997, R.
• Defence: Dylan Busenius, 1993, V; Josh Morrissey, 1995, V; Tomas Andrlik, 1995, R; Tyler Dea, 1995, R; Kristjon Finnson, 1996, R; Rhys Kipling, 1996, R; Jerad Coghill, 1997, R.
• Forwards: Dakota Conroy, 1994, V; Mike Winther, 1994, V; Leon Draisaitl, 1995, V; Brayden Atkinson, 1995, R; Cole John McCartan, 1996, R; Joshua Passolt, 1996, R; Spencer Meyer, 1996, V; Tim Vanstone, 1996, V; Ryan Duret, 1996, R; Matteo Gennaro, 1997, R; Dylan Stewart, 1997, R; Luke Coleman, 1998; R.