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Preview: Oilers Rookies vs. U of A

Oilers take on the Golden Bears in their annual rookie match-up tonight

Friday, 11.09.2009 / 3:24 AM / Boston Pizza Game Preview
By Marc Ciampa  - edmontonoilers.com
Oilers Goaltending prospect Andrew Perugini is expected to play tonight against the Golden Bears. (Photo: Andy Devlin/EOHC)

The Edmonton Oilers had an impressive opening game to the rookie tournament last night, defeating Vancouver's rookies by a score of 6-3. Tonight they face the University of Alberta Golden Bears at Clare Drake Arena with a chance to leave with the best record of the tourney with a victory. 
Once again, tonight's game will be available to watch online at edmontonoilers.com. Rod Phillips will be calling play-by-play with Bob Stauffer providing colour commentary in this one.

Last night, in their win over the Canucks (click here for a full summary, post-game interviews, photos and to watch the game in its entirety online) highly-touted forward Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist. His linemate, Philippe Cornet, also had three points with a goal and two helpers.

The University of Alberta dropped a 4-3 decision to those same Canucks rookies on Wednesday night at Clare Drake.

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OILERS ROSTER:

FORWARDS

59 Brett Breitkreuz
73 Burke Gallimore
53 Cameron Abney
62 Derek Hulak
75 Jamie Bates
72 Jeff Lee
14 Jordan Eberle
74 Jordan Skellet
87 Michael Burns
64 Milan Kytnar
23 Philippe Cornet
63 Stepan Novotny
51 Toni Rajala

DEFENCEMEN

76 Adrian Van de Mosselaer
48 Alex Plante
66 Dalton Prout
65 Dmitry Kostromitin
47 Jesse Dudas
29 Johan Motin
55 Jordan Bendfeld
86 R.J. Anderson

GOALTENDERS

60 Andrew Perugini
30 Olivier Roy

WHO TO WATCH: Goaltenders Andrew Perugini and Olivier Roy are expected to split duties in net tonight... Yesterday, the top line of Jordan Eberle, Milan Kytnar and Philippe Cornet was outstanding with Eberle and Cornet receiving first and second-star honours respectively... Cameron Abney was the third star with a goal and a spirited bout. He should be a physical force again today.

INJURIES: Toni Rajala (leg) hasn't skated yet this camp.... Alex Plante (groin) will sit this one out.

GOLDEN BEARS ROSTER:

3  Aaron  Agnew
4  Kyle  Fecho
7  Cameron  Cepek
10  Tyler   Metcalfe
11  Derek  Ryan
12  Brian  Woolger
14  Dale  Mahovsky
15  Eric  Hunter
16  Sean  Ringrose
17  Ian  McDonald
18  Lee  Zalasky
19  Mike  MacAngus
20  Colin  Joe
21  Greg  Gardner
23  Jean-Pierre  Szaszkiewicz
25  Ian  Barteaux
26  Jason  Fransoo
27  Chad  Klassen
28  Jesse  Gimblett
32  Real  Cyr
  
1  Travis  Yonkman (G)

WHO TO WATCH: Greg Gardner and Jesse Gimblet each had a goal and an assist Wednesday against Vancouver... Travis Yonkman is Alberta’s new goaltender, with the departure of Aaron Sorochan. He's a 6’1”, 187 lb Saskatoon native who spent four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos. He sports a WHL career line of 70-49-10, with seven shutouts, a .891 save percentage, and 3.34 goals against average in 147 games played... Derek Ryan had 51 points (23 goals –28 assists) in 39 games overall for Alberta last season, and centres the Bears’ best line between Chad Klassen and Brian Woolger. He was Alberta’s best player during the 2009 national championship tournament, finishing with four points in four games.


NOTEWORTHY: The U of A is 11-10-0 all-time against the Oilers rookies, but Edmonton has won two of the last three meetings... Rob Daum, who spent 10-years as the head coach of the Bears and won three CIS championships and owns a staggering record of 345-79-32 (.792), will be running the visitors' bench at Clare Drake Arena for the Oilers. Bears head man Eric Thurston spent ten-years as Daum’s assistant coach, and tonight’s game will be the first time they’ve coached against each other.
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