Keegan Allison had a hat trick to pace Team Black to a 6-3 win over Team Gold in the Estevan Bruins' annual intersquad game on Sunday afternoon.
Allison, a 1995-born forward with the midget AAA Saskatoon Blazers who still has a year of midget eligibility remaining, scored twice in the third period. He also scored in the first period off of a turnover in the neutral zone.
Another 1995-born prospect, Adam Oscevski, had a goal and an assist for Team Black, as did defenceman Brett Dumaine. Hudson Morrison had Team Black's other goal. Midale's Dylan Johner had three assists.
Ben Williams had a goal and an assist for Team Gold. Wyatt Trumbley and Wyatt Garagan had Gold's other goals. Tyler Paslawski had two helpers.
All nine goals were recorded by players who weren't with the Bruins last year.
Brett Lewchuk was the starting goalie for Team Black and was credited with the win. Ryland Pashovitz entered the game midway through the second period when the score was 2-1, and impressed with several spectacular saves to keep the game at 2-1.
Cody Murray was the starter for Team Gold, and he took the loss. Travis Pelletier entered the game midway through the second period.
The intersquad game capped three days of fall camp activities. Head coach/GM Keith Cassidy said he was pleased with the level of play. Some players have created some difficult decisions for the Bruins' staff.
"They're still going to be fighting it out (for roster spots) over the exhibition games, but all in all, I was very impressed with the level of talent and enthusiasm these guys bring to the game," said Cassidy.
Veteran forwards Calder Neufeld and Cole Olson had strong camps, as expected, Cassidy said. So did returning defenceman Connor Milligan. Morrison, who has some junior experience but finished last season playing midget AAA in Manitoba, played well. And Williams had a good camp.
Lewchuk and Pelletier impressed in goal.
"We had a small camp in terms of goaltenders, and I think they all represented themselves very well," said Cassidy.
Pelletier will likely open the season as the back-up to Steven Glass, but that's not a knock against the other goaltenders who were in camp, Cassidy said.
Glass sat out camp with a recurring knee injury. His absence was a precautionary measure, Cassidy said.
Defenceman Nick Sova, who spent last season in the America West Hockey League, was a surprise at camp. He has an opportunity to play hockey in Estevan this year, Cassidy said.
Sova is in a large group of defencemen battling for roster spots.
"It's going to be a dog fight," said Cassidy. "Even if we're going to go ahead and keep eight, I think we have 14 guys here who can play junior A hockey. It's going to be a tough decision."
The Bruins will open the pre-season Monday night with a rookie game against the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox. Their first home game of the pre-season is Wednesday night against Weyburn.
Cassidy expects the club will continue to carry about 33 players until Wednesday, and then further cuts will occur.