Competition close for roster spots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week More importantly, the pace of the game was outstanding, especially considering that each team had just two lines, and all the players looked competent enough to make the roster. But the Ice Dogs, like the rest of the teams in the ECHL, need to have their roster at 20 for opening night, meaning that three players will have to be released. Just who remains to be seen. Cameron is now hoping that this weekend’s exhibition games against the Las Vegas Wranglers — Friday night at Lakewood Glacial Gardens and Sunday in Las Vegas — will help make his decision-making easier. “Those games will be the test,” said Cameron. Cameron would like to have the roster set by the time the bus pulls into the Long Beach Arena parking lot early Monday morning. Things are so tight that the decision-making process could last into the regular season. Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron thought that Wednesday night’s intrasquad scrimmage would bring some separation in what is a tightly contested training camp for the 20 roster spots. No such luck. “We might keep more players (than roster spots) and wait until things sort themselves out after a couple of weeks,” said Cameron. “I don’t want to make a mistake. I want to make the right decisions.” Complications? The Ice Dogs are without two of their top players, Marco Rosa and Mac Faulkner, who stuck with AHL teams after training camp. If Rosa and/or Faulkner, who are said to be day-to-day, are sent down within the next week, it certainly could complicate things further. But Cameron will cross that bridge when, and if, he gets there. “They are not here, so they are not in the equation,” Cameron said. “We will just have to adjust when we find out.” If the Montreal Canadiens are to send down more players from Hamilton (AHL), that could complicate things even more. Dog bytes Cameron is excited about this weekend’s games for a couple of reasons. The biggest might be for him to get back behind the bench. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m kind of tired of standing on the ice and being on the phone.” … The Ice Dogs are still waiting for goalie Jaroslav Halak and forward Jimmy Bonneau, who are held up due to immigration paperwork. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The guys are really making it tough for me,” Cameron said. The White team beat the Blue team, 2-0, on goals from Michael Woodford and Anders Strome. last_img read more