The Chicago Wolves didn’t waste any time Tuesday on the first day of training camp.
Led by veteran head coach John Anderson, the coaching staff divided 33 players into split squads and put each group through a vigorous practice before wrapping up with an energetic scrimmage at Triphahn Center in Hoffman Estates.
Team A, directed by assistant coach Brad Tapper, and Team B, handled by assistant coach/skills development coach Bob Nardella, played to a 1-1 draw during the 30-minute exhibition.
Veteran forward Eriah Hayes, who spent parts of the last two seasons with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, opened the scoring 2:58 into the scrimmage when he rushed the net to slam home a rebound. Rookie forward Jaedon Descheneau and veteran center Justin Hodgman earned assists as black-jerseyed Team B took advantage of an odd-man rush.
After a 12-minute opening period played with the conventional 5-on-5 format, the teams conducted a three-minute 3-on-3 session to practice the American Hockey League’s new overtime setup. Just 56 seconds in, Team A defenseman Scooter Vaughan found right wing Danny Kristo breaking down the ice for a snap shot that knotted the scrimmage 1-1.
Incumbent Wolves goaltender Jordan Binnington handled the entire 30 minutes in net for Team A while Niklas Lundstrom and Sebastien Auger shared netminding duties for Team B.
With the team’s pair of exhibition games and the official opener fast approaching, the Wolves felt they put in good work on Day 1.
“It’s just good to be back, to meet the new guys, play with them and get a feel for their tendencies,” said veteran center Pat Cannone, who enters his third year with the Wolves. “For myself, I wanted to make sure I’m sharp, making crisp passes and working hard. That’s what I take away from the first couple days.”
The Wolves open exhibition play Thursday with a 7 p.m. game at Rockford. Chicago hosts Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Saturday at Triphahn Center, which serves as the final tuneup before the 2015-16 opener on Saturday, Oct. 10, against Milwaukee at Allstate Arena.
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