SPOKANE -- Today's Red-White scrimmage featured 15 veteran players, but it was the handful of newcomers that made their impression felt in their first chance to show off in front of Chief fans.
Three first period goals led Team Red to a 4-3 win over Team White in front of 2,787 fans in the Spokane Arena in the annual intersquad scrimmage that signifies the end of training camp.
Three of the game's first four goals and four of the seven in total came off the sticks of first year players including two from 17-year-old Cody Nelson
"I knew it would be competitive like the whole week has been," Nelson said. "It was exciting, lots of fans came out and it was a good experience.
"Everybody here has been absolutely amazing," Nelson said about the five day long training camp. "The facility is 100% one of the nicest rinks I've ever been in and I can say the same thing about the city. Spokane seems like a really nice place to play." Spokane placed Nelson on their 50-player protected list earlier in the summer.
Of the 11 players selected by the Chiefs in May, six participated in the game, including Tanner MacMaster, their first round selection. The Calgary product scored Red's first goal from the right circle as he snapped home a pass from Tyson Predinchuk. The goal came at 6:13 of the first.
"That was awesome to see," 19-year-old Brenden Kichton said. "I remember my first Red-White game. I was really scared and was probably minus-5. It's fun just being out there with all the new guys, seeing how they do and showing them the experience I've gained over the years.
"We know that MacMaster is a skilled player and we know he's going to be a great player in the years to come and to see him get that goal was something special," Kichton said.
Jacob Cardiff, the first of two seventh round picks in 2011, put Red up at 10:47on an assist from Dustin Gorgi. Then Darren Kramer, from Jarid Hauptman and Davis Vandane, scored on a Red power play at 12:00 for a 3-0 lead.
Nelson scored White's first goal with a snap shot from the right wing at 8:41 of the second.
The eventual game winner was scored by Kichton at 2:33 of the third as Hauptman earned his second assist.
White scored the game's final two goals with Blake Gal and Nelson getting on the board late in the third.
On tap for the Chiefs is a week of practices before they skate in their first three pre-season games this weekend in the Everett Silvertips tournament.
"We just got to get in shape, in better condition and start learning our structures and systems," Kichton said. "Hopefully we go 3-0 there."