As is customary for Washington Capitals Development Camps, this year’s Development Camp climaxed with a scrimmage among the invited prospects. However, one obvious difference between this year’s scrimmage held this past Saturday was that it was not a part of Caps Fan Fest (held on Wednesday, June 29th), as was the case in past years. In addition, this particular scrimmage among the prospects was the only one to take place at this year’s camp, unlike past years where there would be two or three contests. A good crowd was on hand to watch the scrimmage despite the fact it was not part of Fan Fest.
As in past years, John Walton was on hand to broadcast the game for Monumental Entertainment, with the contest streamed live on their website. All three goalies (Adam Carlson, Jay Williams, and Ilya Samsonov) were dressed in red jerseys so it was difficult for spectators to figure out which goalie would go with what squad.
The first period of the scrimmage featured some breakaway scoring chances, some shots on goal, but no goals scored. The period featured numerous saves from Jay Williams and Adam Carlson, who stopped shots against the “Red” team and the “White” team, respectively. It also featured one penalty shot by Nolan Laporte which was stopped. As soon as the intermission was over, the contest proceeded to a shootout. Craig Pinho, Travis Boyd, and Connor Hobbs each got shootout goals for the “Red” team while none of the “White” team scored. As a result, the “Red” team was awarded a point for “first” period.
After the shootout, the game resumed. The “White” team scored a “real” goal to even up the scrimmage. At the 10-minute mark, Ilya Samsonov replaced Adam Carlson in goal for “Red”.
Quickly thereafter, he gave up a goal to Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, the Swedish prospect famous for his long hair. That goal stood up as the game winner as no more goals were scored for either team. If one of the objectives of this camp was to develop and improve goalie performance, that particular one was achieved.
Post scrimmage, the members of each team did the customary handshake and posed for a joint picture at the end.
By Diane Doyle