Team Blue claims Joey Moss Cup 6-2
For the first and only time all season, the Oilers locker room was divided down the middle as Team White took on Team Blue in the annual Joey Moss Cup Sunday afternoon at Rexall Place.
Despite being outshot 5-3 in the first seven minutes of the opening 25-minute half, Team White assumed the first lead of the game. After stopping an initial shot, Blue goalie Mathieu Garon let the puck bumble behind him and onto the stick of Erik Cole, who directed it into the net to notch the first goal of the game.
With 11 minutes left on the clock, Team Blue responded. After benefiting from a turnaround in the Blue zone, Fernando Pisani and Dustin Penner overwhelmed a White defender, with Penner redirecting Pisani's backhand pass past goalie Dwayne Roloson to tie the game 1-1.
One-minute penalties meant a late cross-checking infraction to Team Blue's Sam Gagner had little effect on the flow of the game. But after returning to the ice, Gagner helped set up Robert Nilsson for a highlight-worthy go-ahead goal with five seconds left in the first half. The goal put Team Blue up 2-1 and with a 15-9 shot-lead at the half.
While doubling up Team White on the shot clock, Team Blue added another goal to their tally. Though new White goalie Devan Dubnyk made an initial pad save on a hard shot from the blue line, the rebound landed on Jordan Eberle's stick and the first-rounder went top sheft to set the score at 3-1.
Back-to-back penalties to Penner and Ales Hemsky offered both teams the chance to score on the powerplay, but penalty killers survived their 60-second tests to maintain the two-goal game.
Upon the return of five-on-five, the floodgates opened. After winning a battle along the boards, rookie Colin MacDonald wired the puck to an open Marc Pouliot who beat Dubnyk to score his club's fourth of the game. Mere minutes later, Viacheslav Trukhno scored on a penalty shot to further increase his club's lead.
Following the goal, Team White brought Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers into the action, with Bryan Lerg defeating the Blue backstopper with help from Kyle Brodziak and Zack Stortini.
Blue would soon regain their four-goal cushion, however, as Gagner corralled a centering attempt and lifted the puck above Dubnyk to notch his second point of the game. Blue would hold off a last-minute assault by White to take the 2008 Joey Moss Cup 6-2.
After the game, the Oilers announced that they have trimmed their training camp roster from 71 players to 51. Click here for the press release
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