The Bloomington Thunder's 2017 Main Camp is part of the process of setting the roster for the 2017-18 season, which will be the organization's fourth as a member of the USHL. More than 200 players will participate at the camp, including returning players, affiliate list players, the Thunder's draft picks and free agents.
WEST DUNDEE, Ill. - The Bloomington Thunder's 2017 Main Camp wraps up on Sunday as the competition for spots on the 2017-18 squad reaches a peak.
The puck drops at 10 a.m. for the only game of the day, as All-Star White looks for a split with All-Star Blue.
The final All-Star game will be a big part in deciding which players the Thunder will take to their training camp in early September. Those players will then compete for a spot on the Thunder's 23-man roster.
There were seven total games on Saturday, as Team White finished Main Camp as the only undefeated team thanks to a last second goal from Luke Farthing (Ohio Blue Jackets U18) in 4-3 win over Team Orange.
Following the first five games, there was a two hour break before the Young Stars game took place. Young Stars Yellow dominated from start to finish, taking a 3-0 lead after the first of two 30-minute periods. Young Stars Yellow went on to a 6-1 win. In the win, four different players registered multi-point games, including defenseman Ethan Szmagaj (Little Caesers U16) who had two goals and Nick Capone (Yale U15) who had a goal and an assist.
In the All-Star game, All-Star White took a 2-1 lead with goals from Garrett Worth (Duluth East High School) and returning Thunder forward Cameron Burke (University of Notre Dame), but All-Star Blue scored the final four goals of the game in a 5-2 win. Brady Meyer (1 G, 1 A), Simon Butala (2 A), and Drew Elser (2 A) led the way for All-Star Blue, while Worth had the only multi-point game for All-Star White.
- All-Star White scored four times in the opening period and held on for a 5-2 win over All-Star White, salvaging a split of the two All-Star games after a 5-2 setback on Saturday night.
- Lucas McGregor notched his second goal of the weekend to open the scoring for All-Star White. McGregor played at Centennial High School during the 2016-17 season and was a sixth round Phase II pick by the Thunder in this year's USHL Draft.
- Alexander Poluektov had an impressive weekend and assisted on All-Star White's first goal of the day. Another of the 2017 Thunder draft picks, Poluektov had five points (3 G, 2 A) in the camp.
- Bradley Marek (Fox Motors U16) put All-Star White up 2-0 with his second goal of the weekend. He assisted on All-Star White's third goal of the game later in the first period. A Michigan State commit, Marek played in two games as an affiliate this past season.
- Andrew Kangas (Minnesota Magicians, NAHL) had five assists for the weekend including his helper on Marek's goal. He had 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in 48 games in the NAHL this past season.
- Following a three-point performance in the morning session game on Saturday, Lawrence Jungwirth (Coulee Region Chill, NAHL) picked up his third goal in two days to give All-Star White a 3-0 lead in the opening frame. The Bloomington, Minnesota, native had 39 points in 46 NAHL games during the 2016-17 campaign.
- Free agent Alex Frye continued his scoring binge with two unassisted tallies for All-Star White, his sixth and seventh points and third and fourth goals of the weekend. Frye finished in a tie for the camp scoring lead. Frye played 55 games for the Chicago Steel in 2015-16 and played last season with the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL.
- Jordan Steinmetz had his second goal of the weekend, as he batted the puck of out mid-air to get All-Star Blue on the board. The Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, native has two goals and an assist.
- In an otherwise penalty-free weekend, All-Star White and All-Star Blue combined for seven power-plays in the final All-Star game. Despite the 5-2 win, All-Star White went scoreless on four power plays, while both of All-Star Blue's goals came on the man advantage.
- Four players finished Main Camp tied for the scoring lead with seven points apiece: Alex Frye, Garrett Worth, Nick Capone and Buster Larsson.
- There were five different players who had a weekend-high four goals: Frye, Jeremy Davidson, Ethan Szmagaj, Michal Stinil, and Brett Edwards.