Capitals Development Camp Scrimmage 2018

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June 30 was the last day of the Washington Development Camp in 2018.  As was customary for Caps Development Camps, this year’s camp climaxed with a scrimmage among the invited prospects.  It was also the Capitals Annual Fan Fest where this year fans could have their picture taken with the Stanley Cup or to take part in the Equipment Sale. 

The report was that fans had been lining up for their picture with the Cup since before 6:00 a.m.   The fans who were not inclined to wait in line for either a Stanley Cup picture or the Equipment Sale were treated to the prospects’ scrimmage.  The stands were not initially full, since many were waiting in line outside for their picture with the Cup, but by the time the scrimmage started, the bleachers became crowded with fans, with others watching from either the rink balcony or standing behind wall behind the goalie.

The prospects were divided into two groups, Red and White.  The Red team consisted of forwards: Shane Gersich, Garrett Pilon, Steven Spinner, Mason Mitchell, Riley Sutter, Juuso Ikonen, Eric Florchuk; defensemen Tobias Geisser, Conner Hobbs, Cooper Zech, Benton Maase, Martin Fehervary; and goalies: Ilya Samsonov, and Logan Thomson.  The White team consisted of forwards: Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Brian Pinho, Ryan Barrow, Beck Malenstyn, Mark Simpson, Kody Clark, Kristian Roykas-Marthinsen, Maximillian Kammerer; defensemen: Sebastian Walfridsson, Alex Kennok-Leipert, Jonas Siegenthaler, Chase Priskie, Alexander Alekseyev; and goalies: Peyton Jones, Francois Marotte, and Mitchell Gibson.  The Caps first round pick from 2016, Ryan Johansen, was unable to play due to an injury.

Instead of being a game of three 20 minute periods, this game was two 25 minutes periods.  The starting lineup for the Red Team was Gersich, Pilon, and Spinner on the top line, with Geisser and Hobbs on defense, and Samsonov in goal.  The starting lineup for the White Team was Jonsson-Fjallby, Pinho, and Barrow on the top line with Walfridsson and Kennok-Leipert on defense.

There was no scoring during the first fifteen minutes of the first period.  The White Team seemed to have many more shots, with shots from Jonsson-Fjallby, Clark, and Alekseyev, among others but Samsonov stood tall in goal, both literally and figuratively.  At about the 15:00 point, both teams switched goalies.  Almost immediately, Eric Florchuk scored the first goal for Team Ted, with assists from Pilon and Gersich.  Their lead did not last that period as Simpson scored to Team While, with an assist from Pinho.  The score remained at 1-1 when the period ended.

Eric Florchuk Goal:

Mark Simpson Goal:

The White Team wasted no time scoring when the second period started.  41 seconds into the period, Sebastian Walfridsson for the White, getting an assist from Ryan Barrow.  Their lead did not last long as Shane Gersich scored for Team Red, getting an assist from Spinner.  The score was now 2-2.

Sebastian Walfridsson Goal:

Shane Gersich Goal:

The White Team took the lead at 10:18 when Brian Pinho scored, getting an assist from Kody Clark.  There was no scoring again until 19:45 when Chase Priske scored an insurance goal for Team White as he was assisted by Barrow.  The last goal was scored off Ilya Samsonov who had returned to the crease for the Red Team to finish out the game.  The final score was 4-0 in favor of Team White.   In this particular scrimmage, the White Team had more goalies, so they ended up lending one of theirs to Team Red to start off the second period.

Brian Pinho Goal: 

Chase Priske Goal:

At the end of the scrimmage, there was the ritual handshake line between the Red Team and the White Team and both teams raised their sticks to salute the fans.

Handshake Line:

The Red Team’s best player was Shane Gersich who had an assist and a goal.  It was harder to determine the best player on the White Team as different players scored each of the goals.  Ryan Barrow had two assists to lead the team in points.

By Diane Doyle

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Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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5 Responses to Capitals Development Camp Scrimmage 2018

  1. Lisa C says:

    Appreciate the recap! Ryan Johansen should, of course, be changed to read Lucas Johansen in the third paragraph.

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