The Caps development camp concluded activities for the week with a scrimmage on Saturday morning in front of a standing-room only crowd at Kettler Iceplex.
Caps fans were rewarded with the first overtime scrimmage of the week, and the Red team scored 1:42 into the extra frame to signal the end of camp and a 3-2 series victory.
With 53 seconds left and the White team ahead 3-2, Red team's Stanislav Galiev delivered a sharp pass across the crease for T.J. Syner to stuff in for the tying goal. The Red squad needed just 2:35 of gameplay before Gregory Miller stuffed in another cross-ice pass to win the game after blowing a 2-0 lead.
Galiev had given Red a 1-0 lead thanks to a pretty Andreas Martinsen pass, and sixth-round pick Riley Barber made it 2-0 less than a minute later following a bad turnover.
However, the White team battled back to take the lead with three unanswered goals. Daniel O'Donoghue, Taylor Stefishen, and David Vallorani (of course) all notched goals to take a 3-2 advantage heading into the final period.
While the game was certainly the highlight of the day's festivities, the Fan Fest also seemed to be a big success.
Capitals 101 took some photos of the neat setup atop the Kettler parking garage:
Among the activities: street hockey, moon bounce, and a shooting station.
The Capitals also hosted the annual used-equipment sale throughout the morning for all Caps season-ticket holders. (Always a popular activity, so we hear.)
Mike Ribeiro was introduced to the media as well, and here's Sky Kerstein's piece regarding the interview.
It has been a wonderful experience covering development camp the last three days, and a special thanks is in order to all the readers.
During the three days of camp coverage, it was a pleasure meeting/chatting some of you fans and the likes of Caps writers Ted Starkey and Adam Vingan.
One last note to conclude camp: Adam Oates looks like he belongs out there as a head coach. It's been impressive to see how much he's interacted with players on the ice, giving small tidbits of advice.
Can't wait for his teachings to come to fruition with the Capitals in October. (or whenever the CBA is signed)
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