Las Vegas–Today marked the end of another milestone for the Vegas Golden Knights franchise with the conclusion of development camp. After days of practice sessions with 44 prospects and a 3 game mini-scrimmage, the Golden Knights ended their camp as a success.
For Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee he commented on how impressed he was with the talent that was displayed on the ice. Rather than single a particular player, he applauded the prospects as a group.
Going into the final scrimmage game of the series Team White and Grey split the first two games 5-4 and 7-5 respectively.
First round picks of this year’s draft class Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki, and Erik Brannstrom were some of the serious standouts over the last two matchups. Same goes for Keegan Kolesar who knotted a pair of goals in yesterday battle.
Other honorable mentions for us were Lucas Elvenes, Tyler Wong, and Alex Tuch has also been impressive during the scrimmage series.
Before the final matchup took place, McPhee provided his state of team update on NHL’s annual Free Agency Frenzy. Below is the audio transcript of his update.
1st Period Action
In the final matchup of the series, it was Team Grey who applied some pressure on their counterparts with 4 SOG’s in the first 5 minutes of the period.
For the 3rd game in a row, it was Team White who opened the scoring. It was wrister shot from the left faceoff circle by Nick Campoli from Brannstrom. Making it Team Grey to play from behind yet again in the 3 game set.
A beautiful setup pass from Tomas Hyka to Jonas Røndbjerg knotted the game up at 1 apiece with less 8 to go in the 1st. This goal came courtesy of sweet 2 on 1 by Hyka and Røndbjerg.
Shortly after knotting it for Team Grey they went back to work and was gifted with a turnover by Team White and scored the go-ahead goal from Dugan assisted by Ben Jones.
This marked the second time in the series that Team Grey took the lead.
With 4:19 remaining it was Jake Slaker for Team White that tied up courtesy of a 5-hole mark and made it 2-2.
Team Grey held the SOG advantage thru 20 at 10-6.
2nd Period Action
With 14:46 left in the middle frame Hyka from Team Grey worked it big time, crashed the net and scored the go-ahead goal. The primary assist went to Suzuki putting Team Grey back in the lead for the 2nd time of the game.
A beautiful breakaway mark by Team White’s Max Veronneau tied it up for the 2nd consecutive time of the game with less than 5 minutes to go, his goal was assisted by Brendan Harris.
3rd Period Action
At the 12:06 remaining mark of the 3rd it was Team Grey that ended taking the lead once more this time it was Suzuki who went upstairs from sweet cross-ice pass by Hyka. 4-3 Team Grey lead.
Minutes later Hyka struck to extend Team Grey’s lead to 5-3 as he connected with Alexey Solovyev.
With 3:49 left in the 3rd, Wong scored a beauty from the point. His mark was assisted by Alex Tuch.
At 1:20 to go Elvenes put the dagger on Team White with the empty net goal with a commanding 7-3 lead for Team Grey.
Team Grey took the series 2-1 with a final score of 7-3.
I have to say one thing about the players from Team Grey they always battle even when fell behind in the first and second games of the series.
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