Roster Update: Royal's No. 6 Brandon Schieman (Injured), Columbia's No. 9 Gregory Aliotta (Injured), Black's No. 3 Noah Hanifin (Unspecified), Gold's No. 16 Alexander King (Unspecified) and Forest's No. 14 Robert Jackson (Unspecified) did not take part in Thursday's action.
Bit of a Different Feel: This week's camp is providing participants with an opportunity to play some of their games on an Olympic-sized rink, as opposed to the NHL-sized ice surface, which many players are more accustomed to. The result of that change was summed-up by goalie coach Phil Osaer, who explained, “Skating on the larger rink mainly gives players an extra few seconds to make a decision, which may increase creativity and allow them to generate more offensive opportunities.” U.S. National Team Development Program Director of Player Personnel Peter Ward built on these comments, noting, “The amount of time and space is the biggest factor for all players, but for defensemen in particular it brings about different angles and alters their gaps when faced with oncoming forwards.”
First to Double-Digits in a Wild Affair: In a back-and-forth dual that took over as the week's highest scoring game, Red became the first club to put double digits on the board as it defeated Columbia, 10-8.After combining to light the lamp six times in the first half, the two teams came out and buried six goals apiece over the final 25 minutes. The teams also saw a joint-total of 25 different skaters pick up at least a point and 10 notch multiple-points. Red's No. 8 Jeremy Bracco (1G,4A) and No. 17 Aaron O'Neill (3G,2A) paved the way with five points apiece in the effort, which saw Red nearly double its goal output heading into Thursday.
Sizing Them Up: As the old saying goes, all things come in different shapes and sizes. In this week's camp, specifically, Forest and Columbia come in as the tallest (5-foot-11.5 and 5-foot-11.09, respectively) and heaviest (176.19 pounds and 179.88 pounds, respectively) squads in terms of skaters. With regard to all participants in the Select 16s, Kelly goaltender No. 30 Evan Smith (6-foot-6) and Kelly forward No. 17 Nick Passafiume (221 pounds) take home the individual honors.