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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Goaltender Matej Machovsky picked up Thursday where he left off last season as 49 players attending the Brampton Battalion’s training camp took to the ice for the first time.
Machovsky appeared in 42 games last season, posting a won-lost-extended record of 24-13-4 with a save percentage of .902. His 2.36 goals-against average ranked second in the Ontario Hockey League, and five shutouts put Machovsky in a tie for fourth in the OHL.
“I’m excited to be back in Brampton and getting ready for another great season,” said the veteran goaltender, who is looking to continue his stellar play in 2012-13.
“We’re going to play our system, hopefully get some new guys on the team and a new goalie, and we’ll do what we do every year,” said Machovsky, a 19-year-old native of Opava, Czech Republic.
He said that fitness testing which opened the camp Wednesday was arduous, but he remained optimistic about his performance.
“The fitness testing was hard, but I think I did really well in the one-mile run. I was expecting something worse, but it was good.”
Machovsky’s offseason training focused mainly on adding speed to his six-foot-two, 195-pound frame.
“I focused mainly on my legs. I want to be faster and more aggressive in net.”
Acquired from the Guelph Storm in a trade on Dec. 1, 2010, Machovsky has settled in nicely with the Battalion. He was a key cog last year, maintaining his strong performance in the postseason with a 2.28 GAA and a .900 save percentage.
The upcoming season brings with it a new challenge for Machovsky, marking his first opportunity to work with a younger goaltender. After splitting time with Cody St. Jacques in 2010-11 and Keegan Wilson last season, Machovsky figures to see more action after the June 1 trade of overager Wilson to the Ottawa 67’s, a move that has opened the door for one of the young goaltenders at camp to earn the backup job.
“I’m excited to get into some more games than last year,” said Machovsky. “I’m also looking forward to teaching a few things and helping the younger guy to get better.”
The Battalion opens its exhibition slate against the host Kitchener Rangers at 2 p.m. Sunday after camp ends Saturday.
Camp continues Friday with a practice session for each squad and an intrasquad game at 4 p.m.
Eric Pitcher, Jake Kment, Matej Machovsky, Sam Smagala, Mark Raycroft, Marcus McIvor, Spencer Abraham, Landon Gareau, Zach Bell, Sal Filice, Nick Legault, Mathew Thompson, Zachiary Pease, Derek Froats, Brennan Feasey, Emerson Small, Bryce Abraham, Jamie Lewis, Nick Paul, Sean Perichak, Barclay Goodrow, Mathew Santos, Drake Board, Garrett James.
Jake Smith, Taylor Welsh, Lee Doherty, Nick Clark, Wade Kropp, Brooks Nelthorpe, Shawn Tessier, Dylan Blujus, Kyle Wood, Cameron Wind, Brandon Robinson, Patrik Machac, Connor Jarvis, Nicholas Foglia, Mike Amadio, Blake Clarke, Matt Bragagnolo, Jake Derkach, Brenden Miller, Calvin Gomes, Matt MacLeod, Mitch Amante, Jay Ritchie, Geoff Bezruchko, Alex Mutton.
Nicholas Foglia’s goal with 46 seconds left to play lifted Team White to a 5-4 victory over Team Green in the first of three intrasquad games scheduled for the camp. Lee Doherty got the win in goal.
White goals: Bragagnolo, Amadio, Robinson, MacLeod, Foglia.
Green goals: Goodrow, Paul, Small, Pease.
BATTALION NOTEBOOK: OHL officials Mike Zujko and Chris Carnegie refereed the game, played in three 25-minute periods on the ice pad in the spectator bowl at the Powerade Centre ... Each team went 0-for-2 with the man advantage. White’s Wade Kropp and Matt MacLeod went off for delay of game and slashing respectively in the first period, while Nick Paul and Zachiary Pease of Green were banished for high-sticking and holding respectively in the second ... Six goaltenders played a period each. For White, Jake Smith held Green scoreless in the first period, and Taylor Welsh allowed three goals in the middle frame before Doherty surrendered one goal in the third period. In the Green crease, starter Machovsky gave up two first-period goals, and Jake Kment shut out opposing shooters in the second frame. Eric Pitcher allowed three goals in the last period ... Forward Foglia was acquired from Ottawa in the Wilson trade ... Twelve 1996-born players took part in the game, while 15 1995-born players also suited up. Derek Froats and Cameron Wind were the only overagers on the ice ... Both of the Battalion’s top two picks in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection played in the game. Blake Clarke, the first-rounder, and second-round choice Mike Amadio drew positive comments ... Bob Wetick, the Troops’ director of scouting, took in the action, as did regional scouts John Evans, Dave Gray, Errol Hook and Jason Day ... Ryan Oulahen manned the bench for Team Green, while fellow assistant coach Jason Ward ran Team White.