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Fans flock to Wild scrimmage

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild off-season news Updated: July 12, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Fun scrimmage down at the X tonight. 6,500 in the arena -- by far the most for a development camp scrimmage in my soon to be eight seasons covering the Wild.

Remember, Sunday at 11 a.m., there is another scrimmage as development camp ends. First 1,000 fans get a Zach Parise T-shirt. Get here early. Today, so many people lined up early, the Wild opened the gates nearly 30 minutes before the 6:30 scheduled time.

Also, remember, I am officially on vacation, so others will have the keys to this blog.

I will, however, be hosting Dan Barreiro's show on KFAN on Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. We'll be talking everything, but I do have some hockey guests on, including Wild coach Mike Yeo and new Wild center Zenon Konopka, who is in the Finals of the Ping-Pong charity game in Toronto tonight. Also, center Matt Cullen may come on. It's his Cully's Kids weekend and the Cullens have a very cool announcement Friday. Also on the show will be former Panthers coach and Blue Jackets coach and GM Doug MacLean, who is quite the personality, and Columbus Dispatch hockey writer Aaron Portzline to talk about the ongoing Rick Nash saga.

Also, Star Tribune Twins beat writer Lavelle E. Neal will join to talk the Twins and everything, for that matter, as well as Fox Sports North's Kevin Gorg.

As for the scrimmage, it ended in a 4-4 tie thanks to a last-minute comeback by Team White.

By the way, no Scandella due to there's nothing to prove, and Cuma (groin) and Kuemper (shoulder rehab) didn't play.

Second half

Bussieres denied on penalty shot by Stephen Michalek, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick

4-2 Green vs. Michalek: Tyler Graovac, a 2011 seventh-rounder the Wild brass really likes, scores on a bouncing puck

4-3 Green: Charlie Coyle from Foucault on a beauty one-timer with 1:54 left.

4-4 White: Steven Kampfer crashes the net and finds a loose puck with eight seconds left. Remember, Kampfer played 13 games for the Wild last season after being acquired from Boston for Greg Zanon. He scored two goals and one assist.

The scrimmage ended with penalty shots. The fans were delighted.

First half

1-0 Green vs. Matt Hackett: Jason Zucker, a 2010 second-round pick, blows by the D for a breakaway goal after Mikael Granlund, a 2010 first-round pick, sends him a blue-line to blue-line pass through traffic. Justin Fontaine, a free agent pickup last summer, with the second assist.

1-1 White vs. Johan Gustafsson: Johan Larsson, a 2010 second-round pick, from Raphael Bussieres, a 2012 second-round pick, and Charlie Coyle, a 2010 first-round acquired in the Brent Burns trade.

2-1 Green: Invitee Bobby Farnham scores off Adam Gilmour's faceoff win. Gilmour is a 2012 second-rounder.

-- Gustafsson denies Swedish world junior captain and teammate Larsson's penalty shot -- 

3-1 Green: Defenseman Daniel Gunnarsson, a 2012 fifth-round pick, pinches in to behind the net and sends a goalmouth pass to invitee Marshall Everson of Edina for the one-timer goal

4-1 Green. Defenseman John Draeger, a 2012 third-round pick, lets her rip off drop passes from Everson and Zack Phillips, a 2011 first-rounder.


With about 15 lower-bowl sections full and fans still coming in, the Wild's prospect game is about to begin. Here are the lines:



Zucker (16)-Granlund (64)-Fontaine (52)

Everson (82)-Phillips (61)-Bulmer (54)

Nanne (70)-Gilmour (57)-Farnham (78)

Caron (68)-Leblanc (81)-Sandlak (80)


Corbett (60)-Dumba (55)

Draeger (41)-Lorenz (29)

Baldwin (38)-Gunnarsson (42)


Gustafsson (50)

Michalek (30)



Bussieres (49)-Larsson (47)-Coyle (63)

Foucault (72)-Haula (56)-Bertschy (59)

Broda (73)-Graovac (53)-Olson (71)

Van Stralen (51)-Thomas (58)-Merchant (75)


Brodin (40)-Kampfer (23)

Medvec (67)-Seeler (76)

Saunter (33)-Jobke (74)






Fla Southern 2 FINAL
Detroit 12
Miami 7
Toronto 55 3rd Qtr
Philadelphia 49
Golden State 32 2nd Qtr 9:21
Brooklyn 38
Phoenix 24 1st Qtr 0:55
Miami 22
LA Clippers 7:00 PM
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Nashville 0 2nd Prd 16:09
NY Rangers 1
Carolina 7:30 PM
Montreal 9:00 PM
San Jose
Virginia 33 2nd Half 17:16
Syracuse 25
Baylor 34 2nd Half 16:12
Texas 29
SE Louisiana 27 1st Half 3:21
Northwestern St 41
Central Arkansas 16 1st Half 6:47
Sam Houston St 25
Norfolk State 6:55 PM
Bethune-Cookman 11 1st Half 10:52
NC A&T 21
Hampton 7:00 PM
Delaware State
Lamar 2 1st Half 18:43
McNeese State 2
Nicholls 5 1st Half 16:58
New Orleans 0
Incarnate Word 2 1st Half 15:57
Stephen F Austin 4
Texas Southern 7:30 PM
Alabama A&M
Prairie View 7:30 PM
Alabama State
NC Central 7:30 PM
Savannah State
Jackson State 8:00 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Iowa State
Grambling St 8:00 PM
Miss Valley St
Boston College 8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Bethune-Cookman 55 FINAL
NC A&T 58
Hampton 78 FINAL
Delaware State 63
Norfolk State 63 FINAL
Howard 60
NC Central 54 FINAL
Savannah State 65
Texas Southern 74 2nd Half 6:49
Alabama A&M 44
Prairie View 24 2nd Half 7:39
Alabama State 48
Jackson State 42 2nd Half 15:58
Ark-Pine Bluff 44
Grambling 46 2nd Half 4:30
Miss Valley St 59
Tulsa 41 2nd Half 15:34
Cincinnati 31
(1) Connecticut 66 2nd Half 16:45
South Florida 36
UCF 36 2nd Half 17:56
East Carolina 43
Central Conn St 23 2nd Half
Bryant 24
Wagner 24 2nd Half 19:04
Robert Morris 34
Sacred Heart 54 2nd Half 14:20
Fairleigh Dickinson 59
St Francis-NY 52 2nd Half 8:40
Long Island 36
Mount St Marys 47 2nd Half
St Francis-PA 46
Temple 7:00 PM
Texas Tech 0 1st Half 20:00
(6) Baylor 0
Iowa State 0 1st Half 20:00
Kansas 0
SMU 7 1st Half 17:45
Memphis 2
Oklahoma 0 1st Half 20:00
Oklahoma St 0
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