When practice wrapped at 10:30 Tuesday night, Colorado College junior Cody Lampl had some words for the players stretching around him.
"That was awesome," he said, exhaling and prompting nods from the rest of the team.
Coach Scott Owens had 16 skaters and three goaltenders dripping with sweat after the high-intensity workout.
For the first time, the Tigers were organized into lines, which I'll put below. But I wouldn't place too much significance on them, considering that forwards Andreas Vlassopoulos, Chad Rau, and Tyler Johnson were not at practice. Defensemen Jake Gannon and Ryan Lowery also did not show.
Until October 6, the date of CC's season-opening exhibition against Calgary and the first official day of practice, players are not required to attend the thrice-weekly workouts. Usually, the only reasons the players will miss practice is for an academic purpose or for medically mandated rest.
Those who did attend participated in offensively minded drills, including the "three-goal" drill, in which one goal is placed at center ice and two are placed in the corners. The team is divided into two and the drill promotes offensive creativity and vision. If one net is clogged, players who go to the open space are often rewarded with breakaway and 2-on-1 situations. Some of the highlights of the three-goal drill were freshman goaltender Richard Bachman, who continues to impress with his saves, and sophomore wing Mike Testwuide, who said his left knee (partial tear of the medial collateral ligament) is healed, looked quicker to the puck than last year.
Testwuide said he focused on increasing his leg strength and speed in the off-season. When I asked Testwuide if he was planning on being involved more in cycling the puck than just sitting in front of the net, he assured me, "No, no, I'll be there."
[in no particular order]
White Sweatt--Walsky (not enough players to complete line)
Defensemen: Wysopal, Fredheim, Hillen, Connelly, Prosser
Goalies: O'Connell, O'Brien, Bachman
Assigned to Manchester (AHL) Tuesday night, former Tiger Richard Petiot will not return to the Centennial State when the the Kings play the Avalanche in a 7 p.m. preseason tilt.