NORTH BAY, Ont. — The battle for roster spots continued Tuesday, the third day of the North Bay Battalion’s Ontario Hockey League training camp.
“I’m excited about our camp,” Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach, said earlier of the mixture of veterans and prospects.
“I like our returning players. I think we have a good group coming back, to be honest, which makes it good, but I think we do have some competition, especially on the back end and up front.”
Camp attendees played two instraquad games consisting of three 25-minute periods, with a fourth and final clash set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, after which the roster will be pared for the preseason.
The Team Green and Team White benches were run by Adam Dennis and Scott Wray, Battalion assistant coaches, respectively, while Butler observed from the Memorial Gardens stands. After a lopsided result Monday, eight players changed sides to produce more even games.
Like the others, the final game is open to the public at no charge.
After camp breaks, the Battalion heads to a Preseason Showcase at Kitchener. The team will play three games in as many days starting Friday.
Afternoon: Matthew Struthers and Daniel Walker each scored two goals to lead Green to an 8-4 decision, its first victory of the camp, setting up the fourth game as the title decider, with each team having a won-lost-tied record of 1-1-1.
Green goals: Struthers 2, Walker 2, Postnov, Brazeau, Brown, Caines.
White goals: Moncada, Porter, Baker, Chenier.
Morning: Kyle Potts’s second goal of the game, at 19:24 of the third period, lifted Green to an 8-8 tie with White. Brandon Coe and Adam McMaster scored two goals apiece for White, which won 11-0 Monday.
Green goals: Potts 2, Dey, Brazeau, Hardwick, Brown, Postnov, Walker.
White goals: Coe 2, McMaster 2, Chenier, McMillan, Forhan, King.
Green: Christian Cicigoi, Joe Vrbetic, Christian Purboo, Eric Allair, Jacob Peterson-Galema, Pacey Schlueting, Maxim Mulder, Thomas Gangl, Braden Henderson, Payton Vescio, Egor Postnov, Daniel Walker, Brett Shawana, Kurtis Evans, Patrick Brown, Kyle Potts, Justin Brazeau, Matthew Struthers, Kyle Jackson, Jesse Kirkby, Jack Stockfish, Mat Hardwick, Harrison Caines, Liam Dey.
White: Reece Proulx, Cal Schell, Christian Propp, Nathan Porter, Jackson Hay, David Maier, Travis Mailhot, Simon Rose, Ryan Hall, Nick King, Ryan Mills, Rhys Forhan, Nick Davis, Gabby Kioki, Carson McMillan, Andy Baker, David Campbell, Brandon Coe, Joshua Currie, Cameron Peters, Brad Chenier, Adam McMaster, Luke Moncada.