“Welcome to the Family” were the words ringing through the Molson Centre walls this past weekend, as this years and past year draft picks, along with other free agents were invited to Barrie Colts Rookie Camp.
Saturday saw the players take part in some off ice testing along with on ice drills and some scrimmage. The evening concluded with all the draft picks from the 2017 class including the inaugural U-18 draft, being presented jerseys with the year they were drafted and names on the backs.
The part that everyone was most excited to see happened on Sunday. The players were split up in teams and took part in a blue and white matchup.
The layout for the game was 25 minutes run time 5 on 5, before playing 7 minutes stopped time 3 on 3.
Team White would be the first to strike. It was Colts first round pick from last season Tyler Tucker who beat Pierce Charleson to open the scoring. Not long after Tucker would find the score sheet again for his second of the game, with 2016-17 teammate Curtis Douglas assisting. The Colts sophomore defensemen had just one goal last season, was able to bury his third of the game for the natural hat-trick, giving White the 3-0 lead.
Blue would finally get on the board as another first round pick from last season who was acquired from Mississauga, Kirill Nizhnikov was able to tip one by Kai Edmonds to get Blue on the board.
Before the period could end, white would find the back of the net again. Evan Pringle found a way to beat Charleston to give White the 4-1 lead before the buzzer.
In the second frame it was Team Blue that came out of the gates hard but 2017 Draft pick Joe Howe came up with multiple big saves to keep the game where it was.
White would eventually find the back of the net again, this time on a point shot that beat the screened Jet Greaves to give White a 5-1 lead.
The game would end in a 6-2 final for Team White. The next time the guys will be back on the ice isn’t until Barrie Colts Showcase Camp which takes place the last week of July in Wasaga Beach.