CALGARY, AB -- Thousands of spectators crammed into the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport on Tuesday night to catch a glimpse of the 37 hopefuls competing in the Red vs. White intrasquad game and they didn't leave disappointed.
It was a fast-paced affair - ultimately won by Team Red by a score of 3-1 - that displayed the offensive talent in the 20-man forward group and the defensive prowess of the 12 blueliners at camp. But the real story lies in the goaltending.
The four netminders split the game and each of them put forth an extremely strong performance, making the goaltending evaluations even tougher.
"All four guys were solid," Team Canada head coach Steve Spott said afterwards. "(I had) a quick meeting with Ron Tugnutt (goaltending coach) after the game and we were really pleased with the effort of all four goaltenders.
"They were all outstanding tonight so it doesn't make it easier. And looking at the game tonight, how tight it was out there, the checking and the pace, it definitely makes our decisions tough moving forward."
Calgary Flames prospect Laurent Brossoit allowed one goal in his period and half of play. He felt good about his showing in the game but wasn't overly happy with how he fared in the shootout afterwards as Team White's Ty Rattie, Charlies Hudon and Tyler Graovac managed to best him one-on-one.
"I felt good in the game," he said. "I was seeing the puck, my feet felt good under me. It was that shootout that I didn't feel too great in.
"But I know exactly what I did wrong and I know how to improve for next time."
The first goal of the game didn't come until the third period when Team Red's Phillip Danault beat Boston Bruins prospect Malcom Subban. Team White responded quickly as Calgary native Hunter Shinkaruk's quick shot flew past Brossoit.
The 2013 draft-eligible forward, who plays for the Medicine Hat Tigers, had several good scoring opportunities before he was able to slip one in the net.
"It felt good to get that goal," Shinkaruk smiled. "When I hit the post, I was kind of like, 'Awww, really?' but when the second one went in, it felt really good and it was a breath of fresh air."
Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado scored the game-winning tally with under two minutes remaining in regulation. The defenceman sent a wrist shot on net from the blueline that trickled past Subban.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added Team Red's third goal, an empty-netter, to finish off the game. The pivot centered Jonathan Huberdeau and Mark Scheifele during a few shifts, offering a peek of what many consider to be Team Canada's top line heading into the tournament.
"We didn't get too many opportunities tonight but when we did, I thought we were working the puck pretty well," Nugent-Hopkins said of the line.
Team Canada will take on the University of Alberta Golden Bears on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 PM MT at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport. Admission to game is either $5, a canned food item for the food bank or showing your Club Hockey Canada card.
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