NAHL Wichita Falls Wildcats


White emerges victorious in both All-Star Games

on Aug 09, 2009

Even after switching around 24 players between the two All-Star Games, the White team won both games at the Wildcats Main Tryout Camp: 6-3 on Saturday night, and 6-5 on Sunday afternoon.

John Waldrop and Andy Cramer each netted two goals on Friday, while Waldrop followed it up again with another two-goal effort on Saturday.

White got on the board only 26 seconds into the game, as Daniel Gentzler put the puck past Brian Phillips for a quick 1-0 lead.  Gentzler's fellow Californian, J.T. Osborne, got the lone assist.  Waldrop's goals both followed at the 1:01 mark and 9:13 mark of the first, putting White in the driver's seat 3-0.  Before the period ended, the Red team's Aaron Quick solved Matthias Horan, getting Red on the board with a power play goal off assists from Adam Kuhn and Nick Christenson, but Red still was in a hole 3-1.

Andy Cramer was the star of the second period, scoring at the 4:02 mark, then again at the 14:21 mark for the White team.  Sandwiched in between was a Red goal from Brian Sheehan on the power play.

The teams would trade goals in the third, with Osborne and Adam Kuhn picking up goals to go with their first period assists.  In goal, Matthias Horan stopped 7 of 8 shots and Phil Graveline shut down 16 of 18 shooters in the crease for White, while Brian Phillips was 19 for 23 and Konstantin Kovalenko was 14 for 16.

After making some personnel changes to the two teams-- with each swapping three defensemen, a goalie, 8 forwards-- it was once again John Waldrop leading the way with two goals for White in their 6-5 victory on Sunday.  Sean McKenzie received some benefit playing next to Waldrop, as he picked up two assists, putting him at three for the weekend.

For the second day in a row, White jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period.  Waldrop scored his first only three minutes into the game, aided by McKenzie and Tyler Lundey.  Red's Daniel Gentzler would tie the game at 1 as he redirected a Jason Nash shot, but Lundey and Ricky Brown each found the back of the net before the period ended, putting White up 3-1.  White would extend their lead to 4-1 at one point, as they traded goals with the Red team in the second period.  Ryan Frost scored his first goal of the All-Star Games, while Waldrop scored his second of the game.  Red's goals came from the camp's scoring leader, Brandon Stroud, and veteran forward Anthony Iaquinto.

Red would get to within a goal as Adam Kuhn scored off assists from Gentzler and Brian Sheehan, and thought they had found the tying marker, but it was ruled that the puck hit the post.  Pulling goaltender Brian Phillips late didn't help, as White's Matt Shost scored an unassisted empty netter to ice the game at 6-4.

White team's goaltenders Phil Graveline and Konstantin Kovalenko went 10 of 12 and 14 of 16 respectively, while Red's Matthias Horan stopped 11 of 15 and Brian Phillips shut down 11 of 12 shooters.

The coaches now have the difficult decision of cutting a field of 40 players down to the final 25-man roster.  Results will be available soon, so keep an eye out at for the final roster once it gets posted!

CAMP TOP SCORERS (Pre All-Star Games)
Brandon Stroud: 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points
Jong Soo Park: 6 goals, 3 assists, 9 points
Sean McKenzie: 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points
Adam Kuhn: 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points
Kyle Gallegos: 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points
Andy Cramer: 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points
J.T. Osborne: 5 goals, 1 assist, 6 points
Aaron Quick: 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Tyler Marek: 4 goals, 2 assists, 6 points
Daniel Genztler: 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points
Sean Heidrick: 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points

GOALTENDERS (Pre All-Star Games)
Brian Phillips: 160 min, 79 saves, 97 shots; 6.75, .814
Greg Ruegsegger: 60 min, 26 saves, 29 shots; 3.00, .897
Phil Graveline: 105 min, 60 saves, 75 shots; 8.57, .800
Konstantin Kovalenko: 105 min, 63 saves, 78 shots; 8.57, .808
Miles Klingenberg: 105 min, 40 saves, 54 shots; 8.00, .740
Matthias Horan, 105 min, 73 saves, 87 shots; 8.00, .839

John Waldrop: 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 points
Adam Kuhn: 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Daniel Gentzler: 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Sean McKenzie: 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points

Konstantin Kovalenko: 60 minutes, 28 saves, 32 shots, 4.00, .875
Phil Graveline: 60 minutes, 26 saves, 30 shots, 4.00, .867
Brian Phillips: 60 minutes, 30 saves, 35 shots, 5.00, .857
Matthias Horan: 60 minutes, 18 saves, 23 shots, 5.00, .783