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Main Camp Blog - Day 2

By Bloomington Thunder, 06/09/17, 9:45AM CDT


First full day of games starts at 9 a.m. (CT); Day 2 finishes with five mini games

The Bloomington Thunder's 2017 Main Camp is part of the process of setting the roster for the 2017-18 season, which will be the organization's fourth as a member of the USHL. More than 200 players will participate at the camp, including returning players, affiliate list players, the Thunder's draft picks and free agents. 

WEST DUNDEE, Ill. – Friday marks the first full day of Main Camp for all skaters with five games and five mini games on the docket at the Leafs Ice Centre. 

The games start at 9 a.m. and will go until 4:20 p.m. before the mini games start at 4:30. Mini games will be two 17-minute periods with no intermission. Teams will switch sides after the first 17-minute period. 

Thursday recap
Games started on Thursday, as each of the 10 teams played once. Close contests highlighted the action with all but one game decided by one goal or less. Three games finished in ties, including Team Purple's 2-2 draw with Team Orange, Team Gold's 5-5 deadlock with Team Blue, and Team Yellow's 4-4 tie with Team White. 

There were total 11 multi-point games throughout the day, including a trio of three-point performances from Team Gold's Drew Elser and Ryan Colwell and Team White's Buster Larsson. Simon Butala (Team Purple), Tyler Madden (Team Grey), Daniil Ovchinnikov (Team Gold), Cody Hoban (Team Blue), Alexander Poluektov (Team Blue), Josh Lusby (Team White), Michal Stinil (Team Yellow), and Andrew Kangas (Team Yellow) all finished the day with two points. 

Game Notes

  • Calen Kiefiuk posted a multi-goal game to aid Team Light Blue to a 4-2 win over Team Orange to start the day. It was the first points of Main Camp for the Michigan commit and returning Thunder forward. 
  • Mackenzie Harden also recorded a multi-point affair in game one, tabbing two assists. Harden, who played with the Drayton Valley Thunder (AJHL) last season, scored a goal on Friday and now has three points (1 G, 2 A) this weekend. 
  • Nick Capone posted the highest scoring game of the day so far in Game 2, as the Team Grey forward netted a goal and a pair of assists. The University of Maine commit was selected in the third round (38th overall) by the Thunder in the 2017 USHL Phase 1 Draft. Capone is tied for the scoring lead among all skaters halfway through Day 2 with four points (1 G, 3 A). 
  • Tyler Madden (Avon Old Farms) is off to a solid start at Main Camp. The Thunder's top draft pick in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft had an assist in Team Grey's 4-1 win and now has three points (1 G, 2 A) in two days. 
  • Team Grey had two other multi-point efforts in their win over Team Blue. Davis Bunz (Chilliwack Chiefs) and Regen Cavanagh both had a goal and an assist. 
  • After a furious comeback on day one that saw Team Yellow overcome a 4-0 deficit to earn a tie with Team White, Yellow led the whole way en route to a 3-1 win over Team Purple in game three. 
  • Shattuck St. Mary's product Jeremy Davidson (UMass Amherst) paced Team Yellow with a goal and an assist and now has three points (2 G, 1 A) in two days. 
  • Michal Stinil (Springfield Pics, USPHL) netted his second goal of Main Camp and also had a penalty shot attempt, which was the first penalty shot of the weekend. He also has three points (2 G, 1 A), tying him for the team lead on Team Yellow. 
  • In game three, Bradley Marek (Fox Motors U16) had his first tally of Main Camp. Marek, a Michigan State commit, played two games as an affiliate for the Thunder in the 2016-17 season. 
  • Game four featured a 3-1 win for Team White and a balanced display of scoring. Six different players posted a point in the win for White, including Buster Larsson who had the eventual game winner. Larsson now had three goals to lead all players at Main Camp and is tied for the lead with his four points. 
  • Equipment issues have been few and far between thanks to the hard work of Thunder equipment manager Frank Jury. The oddest malfunction of the Main Camp so far happened to Team Green netminder Mirko Pantkowski. In the early stages of the first period, Pantkowski had his blade break in half. Unfortunately for Team Green, Pantkowski was the only goaltender on the roster at the time, meaning Team Gold goaltender Zach Stejskal had to step in against his own team. 
  • Team Green followed up a loss on Thursday night with a convincing 4-1 win over Team Gold in game five. Will Garin led all scorers in the tilt with a goal and an assist, his first points of the Main Camp. 
  • Garin's points came just 53 seconds apart as Team Green scored twice in less than a minute to take a 2-1 lead. 
  • In Team Gold's setback, Ryan Colwell continued his scoring prowess and posted his fourth point of the weekend, an assist on Team Gold's only goal. Colwell is tied for the scoring lead with his point total (2 G, 2 A). 
  • Gabe Malek, a sixth round pick (86th overall) by the Thunder in the 2017 Phase I Draft, notched his first goal of Main Camp with a second period tally. Malek spent the 2016-17 season with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. 

Mini games notes

  • The first mini game between Team Light Blue and Team Purple didn't see its first goal until the 10-minute mark of the second period, but both teams then scored in the final seven minutes to force a shootout. Roman Ahcan had his first goal of Main Camp with just 11 seconds left in the second period to knot the score at one. He then potted the only goal of the shootout to give Light Blue the win. 
  • Spencer Kimball scored on a 'breakaway and chase' to get Team Purple on the board. Because of the mini game format, the 'breakaway and chase' took the place of a power play in the case of a penalty. 
  • Returning forward Marko Reifenberger (UMass Amherst) tabbed his first goal of Main Camp to lead Team Orange to a 3-2 triumph over Team Grey. Jake Flynn, a Phase I pick by the Thunder, recorded an assist for Team Orange for his first point of camp. 
  • Team Grey's Tyler Madden climbed into a tie for first place in points with a goal for Team Grey in the setback. Madden now has two goals and two assists.
  • Returning Thunder forward Will Garin had two more points to run his Day 2 total to four points as Team Green picked up the biggest win of Main Camp in a 4-0 triumph over Team Yellow. 
  • Mack Byers and Creighton McMahon also put up multiple points in Team Green's victory. Both players sit at three points apiece through two days of camp.
  • Lucas McGregor netted the other goal for Team Green in mini game three. The Thunder's sixth round pick in this year's Phase II Draft had 46 points in 25 games for Centennial High School (MN) in 2016-17. 

Game Results

Game 1: Team Light Blue 4, Team Orange 2
Scoring: LB (1st/4:49) - Kiefiuk (DiLiberatore); ORG (2nd/10:15) - Lundy (Worth); LB (2nd/13:33) - Van De Zilver (DeSanctis, Harden); LB (2nd/16:43) - Scott (Larkin); ORG (2nd/21:02) - Lowell (Miller, Lundy); LB (2nd/29:56, EN) - Kiefiuk (Harden, Ahcan); 
Scoring leaders: ORG - Lundy (1 G, 1 A); LB - Kiefiuk (2 G), Harden (2 A)

Game 2: Grey 4, Blue 1
Scoring: BLUE (1st/7:07) - Poluektov (Szmagaj, Nunn); GREY (1st/17:50) - Bunz (Capone); GREY (2nd/6:30, PP) - Capone (Madden, Cavanagh); GREY (2nd/20:18) - Cavanagh (Capone, Bunz); GREY (2nd/29:30) - Sedlak (Groenstad, Chomniak);
Scoring leaders: BLUE - Three tied at 1 apiece; GREY - Capone (1 G, 2 A); Bunz (1 G, 1 A); Cavanagh (1 G, 1 A); 

Game 3: Yellow 3, Purple 1
Scoring: YEL (1st/29:47) - Davidson (unassisted); YEL (2nd/6:02) - Stinil (Davidson, Olbing); YEL (2nd/14:45) - McLeod; PUR (2nd/27:12) - Marek (Oszytko); 
*Penalty shot: YEL (1st/16:40) - Stinil (missed)
Scoring leaders: YEL - Davidson (1 G, 1 A); PUR - Marek (1 G), Oszytko (1 G); 

Game 4: White 3, Red 1
Scoring: WHI (1st/4:30) - Schwab (Stavrou); RED (1st/10:20) - Menotti (Griebel); WHI (1st/29:12) - Larsson (Laylin); WHI (2nd/6:55) - Boysen (Farthing)
Scoring leaders: WHI - Six tied at one; RED - Menotti (1 G), Griebel (1 A)

Game 5: Team Green 4, Team Gold 1
Scoring: GOLD (1st/13:02) -  Colwell (Eckerle); GRN (1st/19:52) - Dirven (Garin, Gosiewski); GRN (1st/20:45) - Garin (unassisted); GRN (2nd/6:48) - Barnes (Newton); GRN (2nd/9:25) - Malek (McMahon, Byers)
Scoring leaders: GRN - Garin (1 G, 1 A); GOLD - Eckerle (1 G); Colwell (1 A)

Mini Games


Mini Game 1: Light Blue 2, Purple 1 (SO)
Scoring: PUR (2nd/10:22) - Kimball (penalty shot); LB (2nd/16:49) - Ahcan (Kiefiuk)
**Shootout (LB wins 1-0): LB - Ahcan (goal), PUR - Burke (missed); LB - Kiefiuk (missed), PUR - Butala (missed); LB - Smallidge (missed), PUR - Kile (missed)
Scoring leaders: LB - Ahcan (1 G), Kiefiuk (1 A); PUR - Kimball (1 G)

Mini Game 2: Orange 3, Grey 2
Scoring: GREY (1st/1:18) - Madden (unassisted); ORG (1st/5:20) - Worth (Flynn); ORG (1st/9:20) - Lundy (Raith); GREY (2nd/6:18) - Spence (Kons, Groenstad); ORG (2nd/12:39) - Reifenberger (Criminisi)
Scoring leaders: ORG - Six tied at one; GREY - Four tied at one

Mini Game 3: Green 4, Yellow 0
Scoring: GRN (1st/3:30) - Byers (McMahon); GRN (1st/5:18) - McGregor (Garin); GRN (1st/14:34) - Malek (Byers, McMahon); GRN (2nd/6:59) - Garin (Gosiewski);
Scoring leaders: GRN - Garin (1 G, 1 A), Byers (1 G, 1 A), McMahon (2 A);

Mini Game 4: White 2, Gold 1
Scoring: GOLD (1st/16:35) - Johannesson (Elser, Jungwirth); WHI (2nd/2:07) - Lusby (Larsson); WHI (2nd/9:49) - Callahan (Menges, Morin)
Scoring leaders: WHI - Four tied at one; GOLD - Three tied at one

Mini Game 5: Blue 3, Red 0
Scoring: BLUE (1st/7:00) - White (unassisted); BLUE (1st/16:56) - Osik (Dennehy); BLUE (2nd/9:50) - Szmagaj (Nunn)
Scoring leaders: BLUE - Five tied at one