Ontario – The Kings raised their internal competition to a level on Sunday, holding an intra-squad scrimmage in Ontario, Calif. The Black team defeated the White team, led by winger Samuel Fagemo, who was the game’s only goal-scorer.
The competition was divided into two halves with a running clock, then followed by an exhibition shootout. Adrian Kempe of the white team, a forward, was the only player to find the back of the net due to initial hesitation and then a decisive forehand-to-backhand move, which culminated in him taking the puck home.
Jonathan Quick and Matt Vialalta overtook the winning black team, facing all 19 shots. Cal Peterson and Garrett Sparks split time in goals for the white team, each making two saves in rapid succession at various points in the game, stopping 28 for 29 overall.
“I thought it was as cool as a black-and-white or whatever color game you want to call it that I’ve been around for a long time,” said Kings coach Todd McClellan, who worked in San Jose, Edmonton. I also did coaching. and Detroit. “Some were skilled players, some physical and some good goalscorers.”
The Kings made the first round cut from their 66-player group and will continue to reduce their roster in a busy exhibition season. They play four games over five nights this week, with three more preseason games to follow starting Monday against the Arizona Coyotes.
“We have to shrink the camp a little bit before we can really dig in,” McClellan said. “After these first two games, I think you’ll see that we make more commitments to a smaller group, and when we go on the road, we can’t take 40 or 50 players; then it’s more There will also be a smaller group.”
Fagemo opened the scoring in the first half with 11:40. He worked hard towards the front of the net from the left corner to sweep the puck behind Pietersen.
While his goal was mostly an individual effort, amidst some choppy changes, Fagemo worked his way to a top scoring line, with Viktor Arvidsson as team captain Enz Kopitar.
“When I played with (Kopitor) for the first two innings I was like starstruck there… It was a really fun experience for me,” Fagemo said.
During the King’s peak in the last decade, Swedish contributors ranged from very few to non-existent. Here, two thirds of the top line were Sweden between Fagemo and Arvidsson. Other Swedish Kings, such as defensemen Tobias Bjrnfot and Lias Andersson, expanded their roles during the last season.
“I think it helps so many people in Sweden here (speak) Swedish and learn from them,” Fagemo said.
Center Blake Lizzotte appeared to double his team’s lead with only five minutes to play, but his deflection goal was waived as the puck was played with a high stick.
Near the net front between circles and in the case of winger Austin Wagner, there were some prime opportunities on the breakaway, but Fagemo’s goal was the only score of the game.
McClellan offered praise to a few individuals, including center and 2020 No. 2 overall pick Quinton Byfield, which McClellan said was both thorough and constructively offensive. McClellan also particularly praised defenseman Jordan Spence.
“He grew on us every night, and seems to be getting better,” McClellan said.