As the rains started to subside in the state of Colorado, a large mass of Avalanche fans gathered at Family Sports to take in the second day of training camp. For the first hour or so, members from Team Black and Team Gray participated in drills ran by head coach Patrick Roy.
The scrimmage belonged to Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly , who dominated nearly every shift on the ice. If there is any animosity between the two players, it certainly did not show on the ice.
Ryan O'Reilly – Matt Duchene – Troy Bourke
Bryan Lerg – John Mitchell – Patrick Bordeleau
Michael Schumacher – Brad Malone – Gabriel Desjardins/ Guillaume Desbiens
Erik Johnson – Chris Bigras
Jan Hejda – Mason Geertsen
Karl Stollery – Daniel Maggio
Jamie McGinn – Nathan MacKinnon – Steve Downie
Cody McLeod – Colin Smith – PA Parenteau
Paul Carey – Michael Clarke – Mark Olver/ Andrew Agozzino
Tyson Barrie – Matt Hunwick
Gabriel Beaupre – Andre Benoit
Nick Holden – Nat Guenin
When it was all said and done, Team Black took the scrimmage 5-3. Scoring for the victorious Team Black was Troy Bourke , Ryan O'Reilly , Matt Duchene , and Erik Johnson (2). For Team Blue, Cody McLeod (2), and Andre Benoit found the back of the net.
Nathan MacKinnon perhaps tried to do to much in his first scrimmage in front of Avalanche fans. It clearly showed on the young man's face in interviews after the practice had concluded. Michael Schumacher had the task of keeping the youngster in check and did a fairly solid job containing MacKinnon.
The Avs still continue to show a lot of faith in Chris Bigras , pairing him with Erik Johnson. He continues to show his smart defensive instincts, but had a quiet second half to the scrimmage. Yet, quiet doesn't necessarily mean bad. He didn't have any notable mistakes.
Mason Geertsen continues to show that first impressions are not long lasting. His strong physical presence has been more noticeable than can realistically be displayed during drills. Not only the physical play, but making smart defensive plays with his stick.
Troy Bourke was the lucky winger who got to play with Duchene and O'Reilly and he was a good fit; even cashing in on a goal. His fearlessness around the net certainly doesn't hurt.
Training camp concludes on Saturday, before the club heads to Colorado Springs on Sunday for their annual Burgundy & White game.