Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie had an assist, scored a shootout goal and threw his weight around during the first scrimmage at Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp on Tuesday evening.
The camp, which is being held in Calgary, will determine Canada’s roster for the 2013 World Junior Championship, which gets underway December 26 in Ufa, Russia.
Ritchie, Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in 2011, started Tuesday’s scrimmage on the right wing for Team White with his Niagara IceDogs teammate and New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome at center and Montreal prospect Charles Hudon on the left wing.
There was no scoring and few scoring chances in the first period. Just before the first intermission there was a shootout and Ritchie was one of two goal scorers, beating Team Red goalie Jordan Binnington with a wrist shot.
In the second period, with the two teams playing four-on-four briefly, Ritchie played with Columbus prospect Boone Jenner, the player he is tied with for the Ontario Hockey League goal scoring lead.
During five-on-five play, Ritchie had one good scoring chance in the second, getting off a snap shot from the left circle. He had a couple of good hits, including the biggest hit of the game on Team Red defenseman Matt Dumba.
In the third period, Ritchie assisted on Team White’s only goal in the scrimmage. He put a shot on net from the right circle off the rush, and Hunter Shinkaruk knocked home the rebound to tie the game at 1-1.
Team Red scored with just over a minute to go in the scrimmage to take the lead and then scored an empty-net goal to seal the victory.
Phillip Danault, Frank Corrado and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were the goal scorers for Team Red.
Prospect notes: Stransky stays hot
*RW Matej Stransky (sixth round/2011) continues to rack up the points in the Western Hockey League. Stransky had one goal and two assists as Saskatoon defeated Brandon, 7-5, Tuesday night. Stransky has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in his last four games, and 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) over his last 23 contests.
*D Dmitry Sinitsyn (seventh round/2012) scored his second goal of the season as UMass-Lowell defeated Harvard, 5-0, on Monday. Sinitsyn, a freshman, has two goals, no assists and a plus-two rating in eight games this season.