Anyone who went into the second day of this year's Phoenix Coyotes rookie camp expecting the first scrimmage to be just an up-tempo summer shinny game didn't stay under that impression for long, as big hits, hard fought battles, and play that could only be described as "chippy" was the order of the day at Jobing.com Arena.
While rookie camp is an opportunity for prospects to show off their skills to the big club's staff, it's obvious from the intensity level of the scrimmage that these young players know it's also their chance to audition for a spot on the opening night roster.
Forward Chris Brown was often found in the middle of the action, delivering several board-rattling hits, scuffling with Connor Murphy, and leveling Brendan Shinnimin at center ice - after which Shinnimin picked himself up and scored a goal.
Joining Shinnimin in the scoring were Andy Miele, Max Domi, Nathan Chiarlitti, Philip Lane and Adam Antkowiak as the match ended in a tie with three goals apiece. Notable goals belonged to Miele, who went top-shelf after eluding a defenseman, and Domi who snapped a wrister past the blocker on a penalty shot.
Expect more of the same for day three of rookie camp, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday. The format will again include a scrimmage at 11:15 a.m. between the two on-ice practices. Camp is free and open to the public (enter through Gate 3), but if you are unable to attend in person, the scrimmage will be streamed live on the Coyotes' website.