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Live update from Blackhawk Prospect Camp, Kelly Manke on site at Johnny's West.

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Ms. Manke reports to ChicagoNow that at the first break of game one of the scrimmage the score is tied Red 1 : White :1.  In goal for for Red is is Joe Palmer who looks much improved this year .  Palmer a native or Utica NY last played for Texas Brahmas in the Central Hockey League.  In net for White is Kent Simpson last of  Evert Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.  Goals were scored by David Gilbert and Kevin Hayes.


At the start of the second frame Jody O'Neil (presently in his third year at Dartmouth College has replaced Joe Palmer in net for Red and Kent Simpson has returned for White. 


Midway through the second period the score is now tied with Atte Ohtamaa getting a penalty shot past Simpson.


At time of first post 12:00 in second period score os White -3 Red 2


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Afternoon Scrimmage at Prospect Camp is loaded with talent, Kyle Beach, Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, Jeremey Morin, Drew Leblanc and  Ben Smith.  This group has come from some of the elite American and Canadian programs Kitchener Rangers,  Minnesota's Golden Gophers and St. Cloud State and Boston College.  The competition at this stage is very tight.  Among the 75 or so hopefuls at this camp less than 3-5 most likely will see the NHL. Another 10 will see the Blackhawks affiliate teams.  Others will pick up their bags on Monday after "exit interviews" and head to other camps with similar odds.  However perhaps their skills will be a better "fit" with that teams system.  


4 minutes until game 2.


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Game On!

 In goal for White is Wheaton native Phil Cook who has been wearing Golden Gopher colors for Minnesota .  In Red Johan Mattsson  last played in Sodertajje.  Mitchell Versteeg a last name known to Hawk fans is teamed with Kyle Beach for White.  


With 19 minutes left in the first the score is 2-0 White, goals by Richard Schofield and Bretton Cameron from the hockey powerhouse of Medicine Hat Tigers.


At 12:00 into the first Jeremy Morin  slides on past Mattsson to make it 2-1 White .  Moments later Nick Leddy (Red) misses a penalty shot on Cook(White).  

This makes for a total of five penalty shots awarded so far three in the first game an two so far in the second game.  Ms. Manke describes this scrimmage as being the "feistier" of the two games.


End of first period (half) score 2-1 White.


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Round 2 begins....


Change in net for both teams.  Calvin Heeter (Ohio State University)  for Red and Mac Carruth (Portland Winterhawks , Western Hockey League)  in for White.


Fight! Fight ! Fight!  

With 18:42 left in the second Kyle Beach and John Kurtz fight it out.  Ms Manke calls it a draw.


With 6:30 to go in the second period, score remains at White 2-1 

Goal, White makes it 3:2 Ms Manke reports it looks Jeff Dimmen, a University of Manie Black Bear  finds the back of the net for Red making it 3-2.


Despite pulling their goalie and the effort of Dimmen, Red lost the first days second game.  Leaving the game total White -1 Red 1.


What do these scores mean, nothing it is the impression made on owners, coaches and scouts that will make the difference over the next four days.  The lucky few will be looking for apartment in Chicago or Rockford.  Far more will be moving on  down the prospect camp trail.


Thank you Kelly!


Rumor at camp: Niklas Hjalmarsson Has been offered and has signed an offer sheet with the San Jose Sharks for a 4 year 14 million dollar deal. The Blackhawks have one week to match the offer, ESPN is reporting the story.  Oh, the bleeding of the Stanley Cup Hawks continues.  Next year we will see if Coach Quiniville can recreate the Stanley Cup magic with his new team.


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