Almost clocked

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

Karl Alzner didn't play yesterday.

With the Calgary Hitmen coaching staff wanting to get a good look at the remaining rookie blueliners -- four of which will likely make the squad -- Alzner was given the day off.

But he still stayed involved by running the score clock.

"Yeah, I enjoyed the day off," said Alzner, the only healthy body who didn't suit up for yesterday's Black & White game.

"Except when everyone was yelling at me."

Alzner forgot to start the clock, angering Team Black, which was protecting a late lead.

Then, to make up for his miscue, he let the clock run after the next whistle, which had Team White up in arms.

The Black club scored five unanswered goals (two into an empty net) to post a 5-2 victory and win the new Hitmen Cup.

Alzner and teammate Brett Sonne were part of a summer hockey game put on by their agent, and the winning team got a trophy.

"Brett Sonne and his brother were on the team that won it so they took it home and re-named it the Sonne Cup," Alzner said.

"He brought it back and it was sitting in his car so I grabbed it, wrote 'Hitmen Cup' on it and told all the guys this is what they're playing for."

Veteran centre Ryan White scored the game-winner yesterday and also added a pair of assists to end main camp as the leading scorer.

"I wanted to have some fun out here so I challenged some of the guys," White said. "(Brodie) Dupont, (Riley) Merkley, Freddie (Pettersson) ... they were all going at it to see who could come out on top.

"I told them all week I was going to lead in scoring. But it was good to come out here and push myself.

"Us older guys can't take this week off, either. We have to prove to the coaches what we can do."

White, drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round (66th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft this past summer, will attend Habs camp Sept. 6.

HIT PARADE: Derek LeBlanc scored twice for Team Black, which received empty-netters from Carson McMillan and Keegan Dansereau. Brett Sonne and Brodie Dupont provided the offence for Team White ... Swedish winger Freddie Pettersson has been fantastic during his first two days of camp ... Centre Ian Schultz, younger brother of former Hitmen d-man Jeff, has easily been the most impressive rookie.


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