Team White was victorious in intrasquad action on Saturday morning at Mooseheads training camp after skating away with a 5-4 shootout win. All three games so far at camp have been extremely close. Green took Friday’s opener 6-5 in a shootout before White grabbed a narrow 5-4 win in the afternoon tilt.
The games have consisted of two 35-minute non-stoppage periods. The teams played with a great pace on Saturday morning but neither side could manage to find the back of the net until late in the first period. Antoine Morand tallied for White on a penalty shot chase down to put his team on the board. Rookie Samuel Dube responded for Green in the final few seconds as he stretched to deflect one in on a delayed penalty call and the game was tied 1-1 heading to the break.
A big moment in the first period came as hulking rookie defenceman Zachary Byard hammered Team Green’s Miguel Duchaine in the near corner. The Enfield native was selected in the 12th round by the Mooseheads in June’s QMJHL Entry Draft and scored a goal on Friday. He says he enjoys both the offensive and defensive aspects of the game.
“I’m an offensive guy but I’m really strong in the (defensive) zone and I like to jump up in the play a lot.”
Byard has been witness to a strong start to camp by fellow Team White player Raphael Lavoie who has continue to show that he will be one of the most dangerous offensive forwards in the QMJHL this season. Lavoie made it look easy as he beat the Green defense and made some excellent moves with his long reach to beat goalie Noah Battaglia early in the second period, giving White a 2-1 advantage. That lead stood for several minutes until Benoit-Olivier Groulx picked his spot from the slot for Green to tie the game 2-2 with under 10 minutes remaining. That goal seemed to open the floodgates as the sides went back and forth resulting in Green goals from Justin Trudel and Kyle Petten and White goals from Marcel Barinka and once again Raphael Lavoie who netted the equalizer just before time expired. The scratched players watching from behind the corner glass just shook their heads.
“Raph again” said Jake Ryczek with a smile.
Marcel Barinka’s shootout goal was the difference in the win and gave Team White a 2-1 intrasquad series advantage. The final Green vs White game is coming up at 4pm at the Dartmouth 4Pad. The event is free for the public to attend. The Mooseheads will open the preseason on the road in Cape Breton Sunday afternoon at 4pm.