A late third period goal by Alex Friesen and an empty netter with less than a minute left, completed the Vancouver Canucks Rookies’ comeback en route to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Prospects at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, B.C.
“I’m proud of the guys," said Head Coach Todd Nelson. "The guys gave us what they had it just wasn’t meant to be.”
The Oilers second round pick in 2013, Marco Roy scored his first goal of the tournament at 1:30 of the second period on a wraparound. The centre’s goal was assisted by Greg Chase and Austin Fyten.
“It’s nice and it’s exciting," said Roy. "We lost today but I think we showed some character. I thought we played well and I thought I was more confident today. I was a leader on the team today. They chose me a lot and I thought it was a good game."
Roy's goal gave the team their first lead of this tournament in three games. The Oilers felt like they played much better than in the previous two games.
“I think everyone was just a lot more comfortable," said defenceman Darnell Nurse. "We knew what to expect. We just went out there and battled. Obviously the end of the game didn’t go the way that we wanted it to. But, you want to look at the positives and we got better as the tournament went on.”
Kyle Platzer increased the team's lead to 2-0 when he crept in deep on the Vancouver net and shot the puck up and over the goaltender Corbeil. Joey Leach and Andrew Miller were both credited with assists.
That’s when things escalated.
Chase dropped the gloves with Kyle Hope in a good tilt by the Oilers blueline. That pumped up the intensity and physicality on the ice.
Vancouver’s Philippe Mallet executed a beautiful drop pass followed by another perfect pass by Brendan Gaunce in the slot, right on the tape of Mallet who scored. That goal came at 11:33 of the period.
The Canucks goal seemed to swing the momentum and one minute later, Cole Cassels pushed a puck in that was buried under a pile of players in the crease. The greasy goal tied the game, 2-2.
With just over 10 minutes remaining in the game Oilers rookie, Travis Ewanyk, fought Zach Hall of Vancouver.
Seconds later on the power play, Vancouver took their first lead of the night when their defenceman, Guimond, lined up a shot and scored from the point. He was assisted by Cassels and Gaunce.
Alex Friesen tipped in a point shot from Guimond with just over three minutes remaining and Wesley Myron iced the game with an empty netter with under a minute to go.
The Oilers young prospects take on the University of Alberta at Clarke Drake Arena in Edmonton on Tuesday September 10, at 7 p.m. MDT.
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