The teams shake hands following the game. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)
As has become tradition, Kettler Capitals Iceplex was packed to capacity Saturday for the final scrimmage of the team’s Development Camp and annual Fanfest. On a mid-July morning, hundreds were jammed into the team’s practice facility to watch prospects and college and free-agent invitees duke it out for the last time. Fans also took advantage of autograph sessions with Caps prospects and new Capitals center/rapper Mike Ribeiro, who met the media for the first time yesterday.
As for the game itself, Team Red won in thrilling fashion, pulling out a 4-3 victory in overtime. After red pulled their goaltender, T.J. Syner scored in the final minute of the third period. In overtime, Max Iafrate set-up free-agent invitee Greg Miller for a slam-dunk one-timer in the slot. Stan Galiev and Riley Barber also scored for the red team. Daniel O’Donoghue, Taylor Stefishen, and David Vallorani tallied white’s three goals.
Below, check out my shots from the final day of camp.
Photos from Fanfest
Adam Oates addresses the crowd.
P.A. man Wes Johnson unleashes the fury.
Garrett Haar walks out of the locker room.
Sergei Kostenko warms up.
Ribeiro signs for a fan.
Caps great Ron Langway signs autographs.
Galiev fires off a shot.
Filip Forsberg (right) fights for the puck.
Patrick Wey delivers a crushing check.
Red celebrates Galiev’s goal.
Red celebrates another goal, this time from Riley Barber.
O’Donoghue scores White’s first goal.
Caps GM George McPhee speaks to reporters during the first intermission.
Ribeiro talks to the media.
A t-shirt toss from the Red Rockers at Kettler.
Radio play-by-play man John Walton calls the game for a live video stream on the team’s website.
Red celebrates Syner’s late goal.
Miller wins it.
Tom Wilson and Galiev embrace.
Max Iafrate (right) after the win.
Haar smiles after the victory.
Coach Adam Oates laughs after calling Ribeiro a “rapper.”