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Rivalry renewed as Oilers fall in thriller to University of Alberta

Edmonton's rookies wrap up camp with a 4-3 loss to the Golden Bears

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 1:10 AM MT / Cenovus Game Story
By Chris Wescott  -
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Rivalry renewed as Oilers fall in thriller to University of Alberta

The Oilers veterans report for camp tomorrow and will play the Calgary Flames in a pair of split squad games on Saturday, one in Calgary (7:00 p.m. MDT) and one in Edmonton (8:00 p.m. MDT). The game at Rexall Place can be seen live right here at
EDMONTON - The intensity never dipped as the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Oilers rookies renewed an annual tradition at Clarke Drake Arena tonight with a 4-3 Golden Bears victory.

“We came out with a lot of energy and hard work,” said Oilers forward Greg Chase. “We knew that they were a hard working skilled team. Give them credit. They worked as hard as we did. I think either team deserved this game.”

The U of A got on the board first courtesy of a perfectly executed pass out in front from Torrie Dyck to Sean Ringrose who buried the puck behind Oilers netminder Tyler Bunz.

The Oilers answered back when centre Chase wound up and unleashed a rocket, top shelf and unassisted at 3:56 of the first.

Edmonton grabbed the lead at 10:21 when Brandon Baddock finishes a steep angle shot by Cameron Abney. The goal gave Edmonton their first lead of the night, 2-1.

Bunz came up big late in the third with some fancy glove and pad saves, but Ringrose earned his second goal of the night for the Bears by slapping at a rebound in the slot. Assists were handed out to Dyck and Johnny Lazo.

The period would end in some aggression.

The Oilers seventh overall pick in 2013, Darnell Nurse, took a roughing penalty at the buzzer of the first period, leaving Edmonton shorthanded to start the second. The Golden Bears capitalized just over a minute into the frame when Jordan Rowley went bar down, glove side of Bunz.

Ringrose increased the Bears lead to 4-2 with his hat trick goal at 8:49 of the second. Ringrose scooped up a loose puck just inside the blueline on the right wing and sent a clapper past Bunz.

Bunz was replaced in net by Ty Rimmer shortly after as the two had been scheduled to switch halfway through the game.

Edmonton’s rookies would not back down that easy however, as their forward Chase sent a centering pass out in front of goaltender Kurtis Mucha. Reid Petryk was planted in the crease and deflected the puck in to make the score, 4-3.

In the third, Oilers provided a flurry of offensive chances including a breakaway by Austin Fyten with under nine minutes remaining.

Abney and Nurse were called for roughing penalties late in the third giving the Golden Bears a golden opportunity with a 5-on-3 power play. However, the Oilers Rookies killed off the 5-on-3 and gained a power play of their own.

The Oilers were on the man advantage for almost the final 1:30 but couldn’t connect as a tough Golden Bears penalty kill smothered the Edmonton chances.

“It was unfortunate,” said Oilers forward Kyle Platzer. “That was a great opportunity to tie that game. But, it also showed a lot of character, killing off that five-on-three. It was pretty special and all the boys pulled together and we were behind everyone. We supported each other. It was good to see that we came together as a group.”

The final horn sounded and the University of Alberta escapes with a 4-3 victory.

-- Chris Wescott,