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Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs and Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings were impact players for a second straight night at the Canadian junior hockey team's summer development camp.



Each scored a pair of goals to lead Red to an 8-2 win over White in the final intra-squad game of game Sunday.

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Stone, a sixth-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, had a four-point night as he also collected two assists.



“You want to come in here and make an impression,” Stone said.



Ryan Johansen of the Portland Winter Hawks contributed a goal and an assist. Michael Bournival of the Shawinigan Cataractes, Patrick Holland of the Tri-City Americans and Eric Gudbranson of the Kingston Frontenacs also scored for Red in front of a full house of 2,028 at Fort McMurray's Casman Centre.



Moncton Wildcats defenceman Brandon Gormley had three assists for the winning team.



Owen Sound defenceman Matthew Petgrave and Philip Danault of the Victoriaville Tigres replied for White. Portland's Ty Rattie contributed two assists.



Sunday's intra-squad game capped the six-day summer development camp that was held in Edmonton for five days before the players headed to Fort McMurray.



The game was the last chance for Canada's head coach Don Hay, his assistants and Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast to see 47 of Canada's top players born in 1992 and 1993 together under one roof.



They'll invite about 35 players to a selection camp in Calgary in December. Twenty-two will be chosen to represent Canada at the 2012 world junior hockey championship in Edmonton and Calgary.



“We feel we have a lot of players that are going to come back at Christmas time and give us the opportunity to be first a competitive team and give us a chance to win the gold medal,” Hay said.



Canada, the silver medallist the last two years, opens the tournament Dec. 26 against Finland at Edmonton's Rexall Place.



Louis Domingue of the Quebec Remparts stopped all 11 shots he faced for Red before he was relieved by Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs. Visentin made 20 saves on 22 shots.



Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers gave up four goals on 16 shots for White. Scott Wedgewood of the Plymouth Whalers then allowed four goals on 22 shots.



Huberdeau, Stone and Johansen were the dominant line in the intra-squad games Saturday and Sunday. Stone totalled four goals over the two intra-squad games and Huberdeau scored three times.



Huberdeau was this year's Memorial Cup MVP and was the overall pick at this year's draft by Florida. Johansen was taken fourth overall last year by Columbus.



“Those two guys are great players, top-five picks in the National Hockey League,” Stone said. “I just had to come in here, not change anything from what I did this season. Being paired with those two, it was great chemistry.”



Devante Smith-Pelly was a standout in the first intra-squad game Saturday at Edmonton's Rexall Place. The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors forward sat out Sunday's game, as did Saskatoon Blades defenceman Duncan Siemens and Oshawa Generals forward Lucas Lessio.



A Hockey Canada spokesperson said they were scratched as a precautionary measure for minor aches and pains.



Red Deer Rebels centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a pair of late goals to pull out the win for White in Edmonton on Saturday. The first overall pick in this year's NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers was held off the scoresheet Sunday.



Fort McMurray is about 400 kilometres northeast of Edmonton and is predominantly Oiler country. Nugent-Hopkins received a large cheer when he was introduced.



 

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