The Oilers held leads of 1-0 after 20 minutes and 4-1 going into the final frame, despite the Canucks firing 32 shots on goal through 60 minutes.
“I didn’t think it was a total lack in defensive zone coverage that hurt us tonight,” said head coach, Travis Green. “Two or three of the goals we had the puck on our tape and made a bad pass which led to a turnover then a quick shot and goal.”
Brendan Gaunce put the Canucks on the board in the final minute of the second period, but it was too late by that time as the Oilers had already built a 4-0 lead.
Ben Hutton playing in his first Young Stars game made it a 5-2 game 3:25 into the third period, but the Oilers rebounded with three consecutive goals, including one from Connor McDavid, to close out the game.
The game started off with a bang. Literally. Jake Virtanen pasted McDavid along the boards to get the sold out crowd in a frenzy.
The Canucks return to Young Stars action on Sunday when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at 2:00pm.