Team White takes Skills Competition 18-16
Captain crowned King of the Shootout; Pouliot perfect in accuracy event
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Puck Control Relay - Team
Team Orange: Tom Gilbert, Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson
Team White: Ladislav Smid, Steve Staios, Marc Pouliot
- Gilbert and Smid finished their leg at the exact same time, but Horcoff lagged a bit to put his team slightly behind. Although Nilsson surged valiantly in his final stage, Pouliot pulled it off to get the win for Team White.
- SCORE: Orange 0 - White 1
Puck Control Relay - One-on-One
Team Orange: Liam Reddox
Team White: Kyle Brodziak
- Reddox and Brodziak battled neck-and-neck through the one-on-one relay, but in the final second, Reddox pushed his puck out in front to get an equalizer for Team Orange.
- SCORE: Orange 1 - White 1
PLAYER PREDICTIONS: Fastest Skater
Team Orange: Robert Nilsson, Liam Reddox, Erik Cole
Team White: Ladislav Smid, Andrew Cogliano, Gilbert Brule
- After the PeeWees showed their stuff and earned a point for Team White, Nilsson logged a lap in 13.9 seconds for Team Orange. Smid registered a second slower than that, followed by Reddox and Cogliano who both finished under the 14-second mark. Despite slipping up on his last corner, Cole posted the best finish in Oilers Skills Competition history by finishing in 13.1 seconds. By dropping Team Orange's average time below Team White's, Cole earned two points for the vintage jerseys to give Orange a 3-2 lead.
- SCORE: Orange 3 - White 2
ERIK COLE SPOKE WITH THE MEDIA AFTER WINNING THE EVENT
PLAYER PREDICTIONS: Hardest Shot
Team Orange: Tom Gilbert, Denis Grebeshkov, Zack Stortini, Sheldon Souray
Team White: Steve Staios, Lubomir Visnovsky, Dustin Penner, Steve MacIntyre
- The Team White PeeWees earned another point for their club in hardest shot. For the pros, Orange's Gilbert (91.1 MPH) and Grebeshkov (96.5 MPH) were bested by White's Staios (96.5 MPH) and Visnovsky (99.4 MPH). Stortini struggled (87.4 MPH) and Penner countered by registering 100.8 MPH. Although Steve Staios snuck in to fake-block Souray, the legendary sniper registered 106.7 MPH on his best attempt, to give Team Orange another point. But the fastest average went to White, putting both clubs on even terms.
- SCORE: Orange 4 - White 4
SHELDON SOURAY TALKS ABOUT WINNING THE EVENT
PLAYER PREDICTIONS: Most Accurate Shot
Team Orange: Shawn Horcoff, Liam Reddox, Tom Gilbert
Team White: Dustin Penner, Jason Strudwick, Marc Pouliot
- The PeeWees started things off with a point for Team Orange. Horcoff then went 4-for-6 on his shots, out-shooting Penner who hit one target with his eight attempts. Gagner matched teammate Horcoff's performance, but White continued to struggle when Strudwick went 2-for-8. Orange's Gilbert posted the best performance of the competition by hitting all four targets in five shots, only to be bested by Pouliot, who went a perfect 4-for-4. Pouliot earned the single point for White, but Orange scored best overall.
- SCORE: Orange 6 - White 5
MARC POULIOT TALKS ABOUT WINNING THE EVENT
Team Orange: Liam Reddox, Ethan Moreau, Erik Cole vs. Dwayne Roloson & Lubomir Visnovsky
Team White: Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, Steve MacIntyre vs. Mathieu Garon & Denis Grebeshkov
- Visnovsky and Roloson resisted the swarming Reddox, Moreau, and Cole. Although Cole had a great chance to sneak the puck past Roloson, the goalie stretched for a pad save to keep the forwards scoreless. Cole took some liberties on Roloson following the save by shoving him around in the corner, but Roli shrugged it off with help from his D-man to keep Team Orange off the board.
- At the opposite end of the ice, Garon and Grebeshkov struggled to control Cogliano, Penner, and MacIntyre, allowing three goals in the one-minute period.
- SCORE: Orange 6 - White 8
Team Orange: Robert Nilsson, Zack Stortini, Sam Gagner vs. Dwayne Roloson & Lubomir Visnovsky
Team White: Gilbert Brule, Kyle Brodziak, Jason Strudwick vs. Mathieu Garon & Denis Grebeshkov
- In Round 2, Nilsson, Stortini, and Gagner got one goal past Roloson, a performance that was echoed at the opposite end of the ice when Brule, Brodziak, and Strudwick beat Garon with a lone shot.
- SCORE: Orange 7 - White 9
King of the Shootout
PLAYER PREDICTIONS: King of the Shootout
Team Orange: Sam Gagner, Sheldon Souray, Denis Grebeshkov
Team White: Lubomir Visnovsky, Gilbert Brule, Marc Pouliot
Team Orange: Shawn Horcoff, Erik Cole, Zack Stortini
Team White: Dustin Penner, Jason Strudwick, Kyle Brodziak
Team Orange: Ethan Moreau, Robert Nilsson, Tom Gilbert
Team White: Steve Staios, Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid
- Roloson was perfect vs. Group 1 while Garon allowed goals by Visnovsky and Brule. Horcoff then got the best of Roli to start Group 2, against which Garon went a perfect 3-for-3. Moreau beat Roloson at the start of the final Group, while Garon was fooled by sneaky Smid on the final attempt of the opening round.
- The successful shooters then went one by one to decide the King of the Shootout. It came down to Moreau and Brule. The Oilers Captain beat Roloson on his second attempt while Brule was unsuccessful in his two shots, crowning Moreau the champion.
- SCORE: Orange 11 - White 14
ETHAN MOREAU TALKS ABOUT WINNING THE EVENT
LADISLAV SMID TALKS ABOUT HIS SHOOTOUT MOVE
Team Orange vs. Team White
- In the first of two six-minute periods, White's Gilbert Brule and Kyle Brodziak beat Mathieu Garon, followed by Tom Gilbert who snapped one past Roloson at the opposite end of the ice. Moreau intercepted a pass near the blue-line in the final two minutes and eventually got the puck past Roloson to notch another point for Team Orange.
- Early in the second period, Roloson made a pair of stellar saves to keep Team White ahead by one. After Garon was forced to make some stops of his own, Souray surged up the ice and beat Roloson with a snap-shot. But the tie game wouldn't last long as Team White found a go-ahead goal immediately after. Penner and Cogliano added two more for Team White, but Orange countered with a goal of their own.
- Although Orange opted for four skaters in the final minute, White finished two goals ahead to take the Skills Competition 18-16.
- FINAL SCORE: Orange 16 - White 18