EVERETT — Dustin Wolf admitted he was impressed by the size and scope of the Xfinity Arena crowd Sunday as the Everett Silvertips concluded the first week of training camp with their annual Green vs. Grey Game.
Then the 15-year-old goalie from Orange County went out and played like a savvy veteran rather than an awestruck teenager as Team Grey defeated Team Green 2-1.
“The more people the better,” said Wolf, who saved 21 of the 22 shots he faced before he was lifted for star netminder Carter Hart midway through the second period. “You don’t get very many people watching California hockey unless it’s the (NHL’s) Kings or the Ducks. Getting watched by other people is really fun.”
Hart picked up where Wolf left off and saved all 21 shots he encountered. It was the first scrimmage action for Hart, whose training activity was limited to goalie sessions with goaltending coach Shane Clifford for the first two days of camp.
“Of course I want to be out there, but the coaches came in thinking I needed some rest. I had a busy summer so I just took most of that and rested up,” said Hart, the reigning WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year. “It felt good to get back out there. The team played solid and I thought I played decently well. Overall (it was) just a lot of fun to be back out there with the boys.”
The Wolf-Hart duo combined for 42 saves to preserve the one-goal lead for the final 47 minutes of game time.
“I was tracking the puck really well,” Wolf said. “I had good defense in front of me, of course. Just getting in that environment was good.”
The Tips also got a glimpse of their offensive future as 2016 first-round bantam pick Ethan Browne scored Team Grey’s first goal, and recently acquired forward Sean Richards scored what proved to be the game-winner.
Browne, out of Sherwood Park, Alberta, scored the winner in overtime during Saturday’s Volunteer Cup Bronze game. His goal Sunday came on a bank shot from the goal line that snuck over Green goaltender Mario Petit’s right shoulder for an unassisted tally at 4:33 of the opening period.
“I was walking up the wall and just decided to throw it in front of the net, and it just went in,” Browne said. “I started getting better yesterday. The nerves were gone. It helped me start to play my game.”
It took Everett native Wyatte Wylie less than a minute to answer for Green as he flicked a wrister past Wolf at 5:15 with assists from Brandon Ralph and Riley Mohr. Wylie is one of several young defensemen vying to make the team this season after signing and debuting with the Tips in one game during last year’s playoffs.
Richards, who came over in an offseason trade with Regina for former Everett captain Dawson Leedahl, broke a 1-1 tie when he collected a turnover at center ice and finished the ensuing breakaway by putting the shot past Petit at 12:42 in the first as Grey took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
That turned out to be the final goal of the game.
“I thought I was missing for sure,” Richards said. “The puck was bobbling still so I was a little nervous there coming in. But lucky enough it bounced in. I was pretty happy about that.”
Petit saved 10 of the 12 shots he encountered. He was replaced by Lasse Petersen, who saved all eight chances he faced.
A number of players now head home as the camp roster is trimmed prior to next week’s Holiday Inn Classic at Xfinity Arena.
Team Blue won the Rookie Game 3-0 over Team Red Sunday morning as Ryan Robinson tallied two assists… Sean Mallonee of Team Blue finished as the top scorer in Volunteer Cup action with six goals and three assists in four scrimmages held Friday and Saturday.
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Grey 2, Green 1
Green 1 0 0—1
Grey 2 0 0—2
1st Period—Goals: 1, Grey, Browne (unassisted), 4:33; 2, Greene, Wylie (Ralph, Mohr), 5:15; 3, Grey, Richards, (unassisted), 12:42. Penalties: none.
2nd period—Goals: none. Penalties: Grey, Thomas (high sticking), 16:25.
3rd period—Goals: non. Penalties: Grey, Wilton, (slashing), 19:57
Shots on Goal—Green: 14-14-15-43. Grey: 10-4-6-20.
Power Play Opportunities—Green: 0/2; Grey 0/0.
Goalies—Green, Petit (12 shots, 10 saves), Green, Petersen (8 shots, 8 saves); Grey, Wolf (22 shots, 21 saves), Grey Hart (21 shots, 21 saves).
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Sean Richards of Team Grey and Brandon Ralph vie for control of the puck during the Silvertips’ annual Green vs. Gray intrasquad game Sunday at Xfinity Arena in Everett.
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Orrin Centazzo of Team Green tries to score against Dustin Wolf during the Silvertips’ annual Green-Grey intrasquad game Sunday at Xfinity Arena in Everett.