Halifax Mooseheads centre Nathan MacKinnon (The Canadian Press)Toronto, ON — About 1500 fans, parents and scouts filed into the MasterCard Centre on a Saturday night in August for the Team Canada U-18 camp Red-White game, the first of three contests to be held over the long weekend.
Team Red won the first contest 3-0, which is being used as a tune-up and tryout for the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, to be held August 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic. With no TV or radio coverage of the event, this is fans' only chance to get an in-game look at some of the players competing.
The hitting in the game was pretty intense, and a couple of boarding penalties were handed out as players look to make an impression on the Todd Gill-led coaching staff. Players were out blocking shots even as the game was already decided when time ticked away in a late powerplay for Team White.
Here are a collection of thoughts from the contest:
-Team Red got on the board early on with a bang-bang play at centre ice by, who else, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin. The Halifax Mooseheads pair exchanged the puck at centre, opening up space for Nick Ritchie to move in with the puck. It was the only time that that group was able to click for a goal, as they were mostly shut down the rest of the game.
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