Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt presented a film session to the HP15 defenders.
On Tuesday, players went back to school, but they might have enjoyed the curriculum more than an average day of class.
Today the HP15s went to Hockey class, which for the defensemen meant a hands-on video session with Vegas Golden Knights D-man Nate Schmidt. Schmidt stressed stick positioning and getting sticks on pucks to break up plays. Schmidt said that the modern defenseman is in the, “transfer and turnover business.” The defenders got to hit the ice to practice their new skills as well.
The forwards worked on several things in their practice as well, including passing around the net, odd-man rushes and protecting the puck.
Finally, more rag ball bragging rights were on the line, and round robin play entered the home stretch with the fourth of five games.
Please check back throughout the bay as we add recaps for each game.
Gold picked up its first win of the week 4-1 over Light Blue in the opening game of the afternoon. It was a fairly comfortable game for Gold as they scored early to lead 1-0 after 3:21 of play. Gold added two goals late in the period to carry a 3-0 lead to the intermission.
Light Blue cut the deficit to 3-1, but with just 1:36 left it was too little, too late. Gold added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining. It wasn't all bad news for Light Blue, as they did hold a 24-18 edge in shots on goal, but it couldn't prevent a fourth loss in a row.
Team Gold got a big 4-1 win over Light Blue on Tuesday afternoon.
Team Royal remained unbeaten with a 5-1 win on Tuesday afternoon. Royal struck first at 3:40 of the first half, and added on with a power-play goal at 6:35. Royal took a three-goal lead on a breakaway goal with 10:25 to go in the half. Red chipped away and got a goal with 1:25 to go in the half.
Royal responded with two goals early in the second half to create the final 5-1 margin. Royal outshot Red 23-12 in the game.
Team Blue attempts to go through the neutral zone in its 5-1 win over Team Red.
Green defeated White 5-4 in arguably the best game of the week so far. Green streaked out to a 2-0 lead less than two minutes in, and appeared to be on cruise control. There was no panic for White, however, as they quickly got the game tied 2-2 with less than nine minutes elapsed off the clock.
White broke the deadlock just 15 second into the second half on a power-play goal, but this time it was Green who needed a response and got it just 35 seconds later to tie the game 3-3. White would take the lead yet again with 19:01 to play, and Green provided another answer with 11:03 left to tie it 4-4. Green went ahead for good with 6:03 to play.
There were 10 penalties called in this game, seven on green and three on white, and White outshot Green narrowly 27-25.
Team White attacks the net against Team Green.
Round robin play will wrap up tomorrow with a huge matchup of unbeaten teams. Green and Royal Blue will play at 3:30 p.m. on the Main Rink...and then they will play again in the championship game at 10 a.m. Thursday. These two teams have separated themselves all week so tomorrow's game should be good fun.
The other four teams can all still jockey for position for either the 3rd place game or 5th place game. Light Blue is guaranteed a spot in the 5th place game, but either they or White could pick up their first win in the matchup tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. That leaves Red and Gold, two teams with the same record, to play in the nightcap tomorrow at 8 p.m. We'll see you tomorrow!
Green 4-0-0 (8 points)
Royal Blue 3-0-1 (7 points)
Red 1-2-1 (3 points)
White 0-1-3 (3 points)
Gold 1-2-1 (3 points)
Light Blue 0-4-0 (0 points)