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GRAY 4 – WHITE 3 (GAME #1 RECAP)

The first game of the day set a great tone as Team Gray completed a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Team White. 2002-born forward Justin Sourdif broke the 3-3 tie late in the second half of the game with a breakaway goal which helped move Gray to 1-0 on the weekend. Grey trailed 3-1 heading into the second half of the game.

John Little opened the game’s scoring five minutes in when he found a soft spot in coverage in front of the net and snapped home a pass from Brad Morrison for his first of Training Camp. Morrison got the play started by racing the puck through the neutral-zone and then took the puck wide on the defender before finding Little in front.

Later in the period though White found an answer with three goals in fairly quick succession. First it was 2000-born forward Cyle McNabb who won a race to a loose puck in front of the Gray net and tucked home his first of the weekend past Jacob Wassermann.

A few minutes later 20-year-old Ty Ronning used his speed down the right wing to dart past the defender and after skating in close he managed to lift a backhand shot over the blocker of Brett Murphy and home.

Then with time winding down in the first half of the game Connor Wetsch made it 3-1 when he snuck into the left circle and one-timed home a pass from the Giants sixth overall CHL Import Draft selection, Milos Roman.

Team White led Gray 3-1 after 30 minutes.

Early in the second half, Gray moved back within a goal when Dawson Holt followed up a Marcus Kichton rebound and wired the puck home to make the game 3-2. Moments later 2001-born forward Parker Johnson got Gray back even when he maneuvered his way past the defender, shoved the puck through his legs and back to himself before going upstairs and in over Braedy Euerby.

With the game tied 3-3 Team Gray made another change in goal replacing Brett Murphy with Todd Scott for the final 20 minutes of play.

Scott came in and was put to the test immediately as he ended up sliding to his right and making a lunging right pad save off Carter Belitski to keep his team tied.

Scott’s heroics would be rewarded moments later when the 2017 third overall pick Justin Sourdif was sprung free on a breakaway. The Surrey B.C. product deked to his forehand and went upstairs, lifting the puck directly underneath the cross bar and in to help Gray complete their comeback bid.

With just north of six minutes remaining in the game, White got a break when Bowen Byram was awarded a penalty shot, but Todd Scott got his blocker on Byram’s forehand attempt to keep Gray ahead 4-3.

Despite a valiant late push from Team White, Todd Scott managed to keep the door shut for the duration of the final half and Team Gray emerged victorious by a 4-3 score.

At the end of the game the two sides competed in a shootout, and the only goal came courtesy of Justin Sourdif.

BRAD MORRISON AUDIO (Team Gray)

MATT BARBERIS AUDIO (Team White)

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