Pacioretty debutes for Ambri
Max Pacioretty is playing his first NLA game today for Ambri-Piotta against Fribourg.
Fribourg is one of only 3 NLA teams without a “lockout player,” their most notable player to North American audiences is their goalie Benjamin Conz who is famous for a dominant 2010 WJC performance. Many expected this to lead to him getting drafted as an overager in the 2010 entry draft but he was not selected. His relatively small size for a modern goaltender as well as his overage status were likely factors. He is now a regular starting goaltender in the top Swiss league.
The current score is 2-2 in the second period, with Fribourg managing 2 powerplay goals against Ambri’s two even strength marker by Pacioretty. Pacioretty took only 6 minutes and 18 seconds to get his first goal assisted by Park and Williams.
EDIT: Game ends in a shootout victory for Fribourg, shots 36 to 29 in favour of the winners due to a dominanting 2nd frame where they held a 16-3 shots advantage.
Gomez goes home
Gomez would join NHLers and fellow Ancorage natives Joey Crabb and Nate Thompson for Alaska. It is unclear if these PTO contracts are merely to allow these players to join formal practices with the Aces or if it will lead to the trio suiting up for the Aces in league games.
The last lockout, when Gomez suited up for the Aces he tallied 13 goals and 86 points in 61 games and was +26.
ECHL is a distant third tier in North American professional hockey, even at a shadow of his former self Gomez should dominant it. Maybe he can also figure out his shot mechanics against while playing against weaker competition.
Bulldogs Camp Begins
The 43 players invited to the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp have assembled and are going through their paces at the Canadiens Brossard training complex. Expect plenty of pictures of young men doing athletic things to circulate today.