NORTH BAY, Ont. — Defenceman Tyson Rismond and goaltender Michael McIvor have signed standard player’s agreements, including education packages, with the North Bay Battalion, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Wednesday.
The signings came on the third day of the team’s training camp at Memorial Gardens, which saw numbers reduced to 29 from the original 49. A further three players weren’t in attendance at the four-day camp, which ends at midday Thursday.
Both Rismond and McIvor were fourth-round picks in the OHL Priority Selection in April. Rismond, six-foot-one and 183 pounds, was chosen 66th overall from the Sudbury Nickel Capitals U16 team, while McIvor, six-foot-one and 150 pounds, was taken 83rd from the Quinte Red Devils U16s.
“Tyson showed up to camp in great shape and clearly dedicated himself to his fitness routine this offseason,” said general manager Adam Dennis, who noted that Rismond, from Chelmsford, Ont., will join the affiliated Powassan Voodoos of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
“He has shown great promise in scrimmages so far and will be a quick study under our coaching staff. Tyson will be fulltime with Powassan this season but will remain ready for a call-up in case of injury.”
Dennis said McIvor, a resident of Warkworth, Ont., will play with the North Bay Trappers U18 program.
“He’s shown great athleticism and hockey sense in the two camps we’ve had so far and has the pedigree to become a big-game goalie.”
In the second of two intrasquad games, which featured 14 per roster playing periods of 12, 12 and 15 minutes, Team Green defeated Team White 8-5 for a fourth straight victory. Charlie Robertson went the distance for the win in goal, while McIvor manned the White crease.
Assistant coaches Bill Houlder and Scott Wray ran the Green and White benches respectively. The first game Wednesday, which ran in three 20-minute periods, saw Green prevail 7-4.
Camp, which opened with off-ice activity Monday, ends Thursday after a final intrasquad game at 9 a.m., admission to which is free.
Absent were defenceman Avery Winslow, recovering from offseason surgery at home in St. Pete Beach, Fla., and Russian imports Matvey Petrov, a left winger, and rearguard Alexander Lukin, both of whom are expected to arrive Saturday.
SECOND GAME RECAP
Green surrendered the first four goals, including three in the opening frame, before rallying to win. White led 4-3 after two periods.
Green: Charlie Robertson, Carson Ricci, Tyson Rismond, Paul Christopoulos, Jacob Therrien, Nolan Laird, Nikita Tarasevich, Dalyn Wakely, Owen Van Steensel, Brett Bouchard, Ty Nelson, Kyle Jackson, Lirim Amidovski, Nic Sima.
White: Michael McIvor, Dom DiVincentiis, Wyatt Kennedy, Cam Gauvreau, Brayden Turley, Jake Fullerton, Justin Ertel, Michael Podolioukh, Liam Arnsby, Anthony Romani, Owen Outwater, Kyle McDonald, Ethan Procyszyn, Chase MacQueen-Spence.
Green goals: Christopoulos 2, Laird, Wakely, Tarasevich, Sima, Bouchard, Therrien.
White goals: MacQueen-Spence 2, Outwater, Ertel, Romani.
FIRST GAME RECAP
Nikita Tarasevich scored two goals, including one on the power play, and Paul Christopoulos had a shorthanded empty-netter as Green defeated White 7-4. Goaltender Kolton Bourret backstopped the win, while White counterpart Dom DiVincentiis allowed six goals.
Green: Kolton Bourret, Jack Lisson, Carson Ricci, Tyson Rismond, Paul Christopoulos, Jacob Therrien, Hunter Martell, Thomas Sefton, Nolan Laird, Nikita Tarasevich, Dalyn Wakely, Kaedyn Long, Owen Van Steensel, Brett Richardson, Beckett Ewart, Alex Stephen, Zach Losier, Brett Bouchard, Ty Nelson, Kyle Jackson, Lirim Amidovski, Luc Malkhassian, Nic Sima.
White: Michael McIvor, Dom DiVincentiis, Wyatt Kennedy, Cam Gauvreau, Owen Kinghan, Nik Young, Andrew Lanni, Brayden Turley, Jake Fullerton, Justin Ertel, Michael Podolioukh, Liam Arnsby, Anthony Romani, Aidan Russell, Dylan Richter, Owen Outwater, Kyle McDonald, Vince Baiocchi, Ethan Procyszyn, Chase Thompson, Jesse Lefebvre, Chase MacQueen-Spence, Nash Giles.
Green goals: Tarasevich 2, Nelson, Amidovski, Therrien, Sima, Christopoulos.
White goals: McDonald, Ertel, Procyszyn, Arnsby.