Training Camp Journal: Part III
Day 3 of training camp is in the books. We’re headed to Quincy tomorrow for four scrimmages in front of fans.
Some thoughts from Monday:
- I can confirm that Mac O’Keefe has 2-point range. He ripped the loudest nothing-but-net shot from beyond the arc that these ears have ever heard. Making the pipes sing is one thing; slapping the twine is another.
- Jack Rowlett, Jarrod Neumann, and Johnny Surdick took most reps together down low.
- Troy Reh made plays on faceoff wings, in passing lanes on the penalty kill, and collapsing in the six-on-six.
- Three faceoff units competed in a king-of-the-hill tournament to end practice. Austin Henningsen, Mark Glicini, and Reh looked like the best three-man unit; Kyle Gallagher won the final rep.
- Audi Staats can and will run through anyone between him and the heart of the defense.
- The Waterdogs playlist – featuring strictly pop punk – is a distinct practice vibe. Investigative journalism forthcoming.
- Dillon Ward has the weirdest warmup routine. Zach Currier lobs 10 “shots” in his direction – and then, suddenly, Ward is ready to go deny 100-mph stepdowns.
- Ryan Conrad and company kept trapping Chrome offensive midfielders on the field during their scrimmage. Despite all this team’s roster turnover, its two-way versatility is still a major part of its identity.
- Everyone was looking for (and finding) Ryan Brown during the scrimmage; he might lead the league in shots per game this summer.
- Zach Goodrich is pressing out on the perimeter, and nobody is running by him. He put a couple Chaos dodgers in the turf.
- Reece Eddy is still one of the best faceoff wingmen in the league.
- Holden Garlent played strong defense on Josh Byrne.
- Chrome switched a lot of picks; more than they’d planned on. At one point Joel White asked everyone on the team to quit the “Left, right, center” stuff, and to fight through.
- John Ranagan took reps on the powerplay – he joked on the broadcast last year to Ryan Boyle that he’s been asking head coach Tim Soudan for PP reps for years, and he finally go it.
- Speaking of Ranagan – he always beats an opponent to the box. It doesn’t matter how much of a headstart the opponent has. Ranagan will get there a tenth of a second sooner.
- Randy Staats left the scrimmage with a lower body injury; Jackson Morrill took reps on attack.
- Archers and Whips started their scrimmage with sixes on each side of the field.
- The Archers offense zipped the ball as quickly as it ever has. Their new pieces are buying into unselfish offense.
- Marcus Holman scored a nice left-handed goal driving from X when the Whipsnakes dared him to become a dodger.
- Latrell Harris looks really strong at SSDM.
- Michael Ehrhardt mentioned Chris Aslanian’s two-handedness and Charlie Hayes’ toughness when I asked him which newcomers have impressed the most.
- Ryan Tierney is a human highlight reel.
- Brent Adams stung a high-to-high 2-point goal. The Atlas bench went wild. They were pumped to see BA bury one against his former team.
- You get the sense that a lot of BA’s goals – even those inside the 2-point arc – count a little extra because they’re so emphatic. His two-way play can turn tides.
- Tucker Durkin described defensive coordinator Ken Clausen’s philosophy as simplifying defense. They’re focused on their own scheme and consistency week-to-week, rather than starting from the ground up with each gameplan.
- A big point of emphasis for the Redwoods during camp: Start faster.
- It’s still a work in progress. The Woods fell down 7-2 to Atlas before rallying back to an unofficial 7-7 final.
- This six-on-six offense already looks better than last year’s.
- Rob Pannell is trusting Ryan Lee to catch and finish everything.
- Ryder Garnsey and Matt Kavanagh are drawing favorable matchups on the lefty wing.
- Jules Heningburg looks better out of the box each day.
- The Redwoods’ ride, with Garrett Epple roaming, will win them back a possession per game – and will often lead directly to points.