Oilers Rookies drop 5-2 Decision in Young Stars Tournament Open
"We came out a bit on our heels and obviously they had their slow start too," said forward Travis Ewanyk. "We battled back there in the second but it wasn't enough. In the third we needed to do the things we did in the second but it wasn't enough to get those goals back."
The Flames opened up scoring at 3:56, of the first period, when Max Reinhart scooped up a loose puck and fired it past Tyler Bunz.
With just over three minutes remaining in the opening frame the Oilers 2013 seventh overall draft pick, Darnell Nurse, was whistled for high-sticking. Calgary capitalized on the power play, 20 seconds later, when Markus Granlund took a shot from the right circle and the puck snuck past the Oilers netminder.
Granlund made the score 3-0 with 35 seconds left on the clock when he received a perfect cross-ice pass and chipped the puck in up and over Bunz.
Then came the Oilers lone rally of the night.
2:35 into the middle frame, the Oilers scored their first goal courtesy of Jujhar Khaira who tipped in a long-range point shot by Martin Gernat.
In an unfortunate series of events for the Flames, the Oilers scored again immediately following a faceoff in their defensive zone. The puck slipped by Laurent Brossoit and Edmonton drew within one. It appeared that the goal may have gone in off of a Calgary player, but Ewanyk was credited with the goal, unassisted at 18:19 of the second.
"It was a fluky bounce," said Ewanyk. "I think their d-man ended up shooting it in his own net, but I will take it I guess."
The Oilers cut down the 3-0 lead to 3-2 by the end of the second period.
The momentum shifted back to Calgary 51 seconds into the final frame when John Ramage shot the puck on Bunz who made the save. But the puck bounced loose to an awaiting Sean Monahan who hacked the puck in the wide open backdoor, giving the Flames the 4-2 lead.
With 12:26 left in the game, Patrick Sieloff unleashed heavy shot from the point, which banked off of the sprawling Bunz and rebounded to a perfectly positioned Emile Poirier who finished it off. Calgary took the 5-2 lead.
"They just put bodies in front," said Bunz. "That's how you score goals at the pro level. Just putting bodies in front and banging away and that's what they did."
Edmonton plays against the Winnipeg Jets rookies on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. MDT.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com