Mueller's Minutes - Learning From The Experts
Kimberly Mueller has been with the Monarchs since September 2003 and serves as the team's Vice President of Public Affairs. She is currently on assignment in Los Angeles for the Kings 2013 Training Camp. Mueller's Minutes is a daily blog that will give Monarchs Country an insider's look into their favorite hockey team as the players fight for a roster spot with the Kings and prepare for the upcoming season.
In preparation for tomorrow’s exhibition games, the Kings held an intra-squad scrimmage today. Team A practiced for about 40 minutes and then played in the scrimmage against Team B who stayed on the ice following the game for their practice session. Personally, I would prefer to practice first and then play the game rather than play the game and then practice. Both teams also had a post-practice off-ice workout.
In the game, the line of Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams and Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal in the game. Monarchs forwards Brandon Kozun and Tanner Pearson had a great 2-on-0 breakaway opportunity early in the game but Mathieu Garon stopped the pair from capitalizing on the break. Had they scored on the breakaway, the game would have finished in a 1-1 tie. Following the 30-minute game, the coaches put 10 minutes up on the clock and the teams played 4-on-4 hockey. With less than a minute remaining on 4-on-4 hockey, defenseman Alec Martinez poked the puck past Patrik Bartosak to tie the game but the referee ruled it a no goal and that his whistle had blown the play dead prior to the puck passing the goal line. Martinez and forward Daniel Carcillo were not happy with the call. Kings broadcasters Nick Nickson and Jim Fox tried to sway the referee’s opinion from behind the glass but the original call stood.
Training Camp is a learning experience for all of the players but especially the rookies and the Monarchs players as they play alongside great NHL stars like Kopitar and Williams. In his first NHL camp, Monarchs defenseman Vincent LoVerde saw ice time with veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr. Rookie defensemen Derek Forbort and Colin Miller were paired up with Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell, respectively. Observing and playing with great hockey players is the best way to grow and develop. Forward Daniel Carcillo was paired with Monarchs forward Brian O’Neill during the 4-on-4 session of the scrimmage. I spoke with Brian following the scrimmage and he said playing with Carcillo is a good boost to his confidence as it proves he can keep up with an NHL player and it’s moments like those that he will cherish.
Tomorrow will be the first exhibition games of camp. Half of the team will fly to Phoenix in the morning and the remaining players will head down to STAPLES Center for the home game against the Coyotes at 7:00 p.m. We will see how our Monarchs players keep up with not only their teammates but also their opponent as we move one day closer to the start of the season.