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Capitals Dev. Camp: Lapierre, Laviolette Lead Red Past White In Scrimmage



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hendrix Lapierre made his return to Capital One Arena on Friday, as the Washington Capitals prospects took the ice on the big stage at Capital One Arena for a scrimmage to close out development camp. He made it that comeback one to remember as he led the way on the ice.

Lapierre dished a goal and assist, while Peter Laviolette, Chase Clark, Brent Johnson and more shined to carry Team Red over Team White, 5-3.

No. 29 kicked off the night, as he made a long stretch pass up ice to find David Silye on the breakaway and open the scoring in the scrimmage. Team White would strike back soonafter, when David Gucciardi unleashed a rocket from the point to tie it before Grant Cruikshank struck on a laser from in tight to make it 2-1 heading into the second.

Red took over in that middle frame. Peter Laviolette — yes, the coach’s son — scored another highlight-reel goal in the same fashion as his baseball goal in scrimmages. The Plymouth State captain batted another puck out of mid-air to make it 2-2. After that, Camden Thiesling scored to make it 3-2. Hendrix Lapierre then dazzled with a great move, deking before tucking in a loose puck past Clay Stevenson to make it 4-2 going into the third.

Ryan Siedem struck in the third to make it 5-2, but later in the frame, Vinny Iorio had a great shot from the point, which Oskar Magnusson cleaned up in front to make 5-3, which held as the final score.

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Lapierre and Laviolette both finished with two points apiece, each dishing a goal and assist.

“It’s been the best week of my life so far honestly,” Laviolette said postgame. “This has been a dream come true for me.”

Here are other takeaways from the game:

  • Chase Clark was dominant between the pipes for red. He came up with quite a few big stops, including one on a Haakon Hanelt penalty shot that looked like a sure goal. Still, the 2021 seventh-rounder stuck with it and helped preserve Red’s lead.
  • Martin Has moved the puck very well, but arguably, in my opinion, the best defenseman was Brent Johnson. He was physical, took good care of the puck, shut down his opponents and made a good first pass while starting the breakout.
  • Hanelt and Alexander Suzdalev, who signed his entry-level contract on Friday, have great hands and put some good moves on display. Hanelt had some nice dekes and quick moves, while Suzdalev pulled off a between-the-legs pass and made some other great plays.
  • I liked Lapierre and Iorio’s play, especially as Iorio got chippy toward the end.
  • Magnusson played a strong two-way game.