Brian Pinho Scores Goal and an Assist, Leads Team Red Over Team Blue, 2-1 in Capitals Third Scrimmage

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The Washington Capitals held their third intrasquad scrimmage of the 2020 summer training camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday. Team Blue, consisting of mostly Capitals veterans and starters, faced Team Red, which consisted mostly of players looking to make the Capitals postseason roster.

The rosters for scrimmage number 3:

Format: The game included a 20-minute period followed by an intermission and two 10-minute periods.

After a mostly scoreless first frame, Team Red cracked the seal with a nice give-and-go between Brian Pinho and Daniel Sprong. Pinho would finish for the 1-0 lead. After further review, the Sprong was deemed offsides, and no goal.

Sprong and Pinho would pair-up again, and this time it counted, giving Team Red a 1-0 lead.

Team Red would make it 2-0 with a nice drive by Garnet Hathaway, beating Vitek Vanecek five hole. Team Red led 2-0. Brian Pinho had the assist.

The first period concluded with Team Red leading 2-0. Possession and zone time was relatively equal for the 20-minute period.

Pheonix Copley replaced Vitek Vanecek in goal for Team Blue (White) to start the second frame.

Team Blue (White) had the game’s first power play late in the middle frame, but were unable to convert.

Team Red would get their first power play moments later, but were unable to convert before the end of the period.

The second period (10 minutes) concluded with no scoring. Team Red led Team Blue 2-0 after two periods.

The third period would go scoreless for most of the final frame. Team Blue would get on the scoreboard late when Travis Boyd deflected an Alex Ovechkin shot from the left point.

Team Red would hold on for the 2-1 win.


  • Brian Pinho showed why he is most ready forward prospect to make the jump from the AHL to NHL. He had a goal and an assist, and a goal called back.
  • Braden Holtby had a good game in goal, but was rarely tested.
  • Daniel Sprong had an assist, and an assist called back on his offsides.
  • The Radko Gudas and Martin Fehervary defensive pairing had a good game.
  • Team Blue (White) defense looked lethargic at times.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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