The Texas Stars held their practice of training camp Thursday morning at Chaparral Ice in Austin.
Texas had to practice at the Chaparral because of a concert this evening at the Cedar Park Center and there was only one practice today. However, it was one of the more entertaining practices to watch.
The practice started with one-on-one drills between defenseman and forwards and then moved to a hybrid breakout drill that ended with a scoring chance. After some similar variations of breakouts and puck movement drills the team moved to a short-sided 2-on-2 game in the corner. The nets were about eight feet apart in the corner, while four players tried to score on the opposition net.
Goalie Jack Campbell really stood out in this drill, for two reasons: 1. He looked very sharp and showed off his reflexes, 2. He scored a pair of goals.
The second part isn’t a typo. On Campbell’s first goal he beat Josh Robinson over glove side with a straight shots and his second goal came on an odd play where he batted it with his paddle and snuck in. He kept asking for the pass so he could shoot for the hat trick.
Thursday’s practice lines
Curtis McKenzie-Taylor Peters-Justin Mercier
Francis Wathier-Taylor Vause-Brock Mongomery
Brendan Ranford-Antony Nigro-Spencer Bennet
Mikde Hedden-Justin Dowling-William Rapuzzi
Ryan Button-Etienne Boutet
Tyler Elbrecht-Ryan Hegarty
Cameron Gaunce-William Wrenn
Toby Petersen-Hubert Labrie
The lines were the same as they were in the second practice Wednesday and Toby Petersen practiced on defense again. With that consistency, I’d say its a fair guess to these will be the line combinations for Friday’s pre-season game against the Oklahoma City Barons, with the exception of Petersen playing defense in a game.
My best guess would be Texas will dress all 20 skaters tomorrow since it’s a preseason game, shuffling in an extra forward and working with seven defenseman.