Las Vegas–Today marked the second day in a row that Team White skated against Team Grey in game 2 of their 3 part exhibition series.
In yesterday’s matchup, Team White came away with a 5-4 victory over Team Grey. For the Grey Team they fell behind early and attempted their late push rally in the 3rd that was highlighted by two goals from Nick Suzuki.
Both Jiri Patera and Dylan Ferguson came up big for Team White stopping all of Team Grey first two periods of shots.
The good news prior to the 2nd game was that Ferguson got wear a Vegas Golden Knights jersey with his name and number on the back. For the majority part of development camp he was the only prospect player with a no number or name on his sweater.
1st Period Action
Both teams in the early stages of the opening period traded shots at both ends of the ice but their respective goalies kept the rubber out of the net.
Some good battle action by Grey’s Tyler Wong and Reid Duke. Definitely something that was off in yesterday’s tilt. Cody Glass mentioned that his squad was slopy in game 1 when he was skating on Team Grey, today is with Team White.
With 8:48 left in the first Team White struck 1st yet again this time was it Patrick Bajkov to give his team the early lead. His marker was helped by Alex Barre-Boulet and Darian Romanko.
Just over a 1 minute later with 7:54 remaining in the period it was Keegan Kolesar this time who went top shelf on Griffin Outhouse. The primary assist came from his linemate Glass.
Team White’s 2 goal would hold after 20 minutes and the SOG clock matched 11-11 between to the two sqauds.
2nd Period Action
With 16:30 remaining it was Team Grey’s Suzuki who cut White’s lead in half to make 2-1. Suzuki cashed in after his far post attempt for his third of the scrimmage. His goal was assisted by Lucas Elvenes.
Suzuki with a dangle, hits the post. Stays in the play, gets Gray on the board. Elvienes and Gottlieb with the helpers.
At 9:52 left in the second both teams went 4 on 4 for the rest of period.
Kolesar struck for the second time in game at 12:57 mark of the middle frame by a nice feed pass on a 2 on 1 from defenseman Grant Hutton to restore White’s 2 goal lead, 3-1.
3rd Period Action
In 8 seconds in the 3rd, Glass converted and brought Team White up 4-1. His tally was assisted by fellow 1st round draftee Erik Brannstrom. Glass’s marker was a beauty short side strike.
With 7:43 left of 3rd it was Team Grey who scored once again this time it was Alex Tuch, Suzuki, and defenseman Jake Bischoff who teamed up to cut into White’s lead in half and made 4-2. Tuch’s goal was laser beam type shot that went short side.
Shorty after Tuch’s goal, Team Grey went on the attack again on Team White this time Elvenes turn to cash in and brought the game’s score to 4-3.
After bringing the game a 1 goal Team White lead, Elvenas went back to work and tied it up a 4-4 with 6:00 to go in the 3rd, his goal was assisted by Wong.
After trailing the series for the most part, it would the first time in the scrimmage series Team Grey took the lead with 3:37 left from Ben Jones who teamed up with defenseman Dimitry Opsiov.
Not even 30 seconds later, Team Grey’s onslaught continued when forwards Jayden Halbgewachs and Jake Dugan connected to extend their lead to 6-4.
Tuch and Suzuki teamed up 35 seconds after Halbgewachs tally to clearly put this game out of reach at 7-4.
The last goal of the game came at the 18:47 mark of the period when Barre-Boulet teamed with Hague and and closed the gap for Team White to a 7-5 Team Grey lead.
That lead would hold up and Team Grey tied the 3 game scrimmage series at 1 apiece.
Post Game Reaction By Kolaser and Glass
Update From Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee
Tomorrow is the final game of the series.