Red tops White in Team Canada selection camp game
Canada's National Junior Team Red's, Malcolm Subban stops Team White's, Tom Wilson during game action at the National Junior team selection camp Dec 11-13, 2012 in Calgary, prior to the World Junior championships that starts Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia on Tuesday Dec 11, 2012. Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI AGENCY
If at first you don’t succeed, keep firing the puck.
Hunter Shinkaruk hit two posts Tuesday night before finally finding the back of the net.
He scored Team White’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss in the annual world junior selection camp Red & White Game.
“When I hit the post, I thought ‘aw, really?’ ” Shinkaruk said. “But when that second one went in, it felt really good.
“Coming into this camp, I wanted to prove I could put up numbers and be an offensive guy even at a young age.
Shinkaruk also clanked a shot off the iron during a first-intermission shootout.
“I thought I did my best,” the Medicine Hat Tigers standout said. “I didn’t do too much in the first two periods.
“I kinda realized this is a short tryout, so I’ve gotta do something in the third.
“I picked up my game and at the end, I thought I had a good night.”
Phillip Danault broke a scoreless draw with 5:40 to play in regulation before Sjinkaruk tied it 36 seconds later.
Frank Corrado’s floater from the point with 1:03 left stood up as the winner and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added an empty-netter for Team Red.
Tyler Graovac, Charles Hudon and Ty Rattie beat Laurent Brossoit, who picked up the win, in the end-of-game shootout while Malcolm Subban stopped all five shooters he faced.
The two teams played a tentative, scoreless opening frame with no one wanting to risk making an eye-catching blunder.
Jonathan Huberdeau and Brett Ritchie scored during the shootout at the end of the period as starting goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Jake Paterson each stopped four of five attempts.
Nugent-Hopkins received a reaction from the Calgary crowd before his shootout attempt.
Whether it was mostly booes or "Nuuuuge" is still being debated.
Binnington (five stops) and Paterson (10 saves) finished their nights with unblemished records.
The most notable play in the middle frame was 6-foot-4, 218-pound bruiser Brett Ritchie pasting defenceman Matt Dumba with a board-rattling hit.
That had to have head coach Steve Spott cringing.
Spott, well aware of what happened last year when NHL loaner Brett Connolly injured Quinton Howden with a big hit, has gone on record as not being a big fan of the Red & White Game.
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