CANUCKS 5 vs. OILERS 2 - Final
Cody Hodgson set up Pierre-Cedric Labrie on a two-on-one late in the third to seal a 5-2 Canucks win over the Oilers in Camrose. Hodgson earned first-star honours with a goal and two assists. Cory Schneider
made 26 saves in the victory as the Vancouver youngsters bounced back after a 6-3 loss vs. the Flames prospects Monday night.
Patrick Coulombe, Dan Gendur, and Scott Howes scored the other goals for the Canucks, while Jordan Eberle and Bryan Lerge tallied for Edmonton.
The Canucks exploded for three goals in the back-half of the first period after the Oilers took a 1-0 lead on a wrist shot from Eberle. Coulombe converted a Hodgson feed on the power play at 9:48, Gendur slipped a penalty shot between Glen Fischer's legs at 12:25, and Hodgson made it 3-1 lifting a rebound over an out-stretched pad at 16:54.
The Canucks killed six Edmonton power plays, including three in the third, to hang on to a hard-fought lead against a bigger, more veteran Oilers squad.
Hodgson easily outclassed the rest of the field playing on a line with Juraj Simek and Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Gendur, who skated on a line with Hodgson and Michael Grabner against the Flames, also stood out in an offensive role for Vancouver.
A Vancouver defence that was without big Daniel Rahimi largely held the young Oilers at bay thanks to the physical play of Yann Sauve
and Jordie Benn.
When the defence sagged under the weight of three consecutive penalties in the third, Schneider was solid in net making back-to-back glove saves off the Oilers’ top pair, Eberle and Goulet to fend off an Edmonton rally at a critical stretch.
The Oilers finished the game with 28 shots to the Canucks’ 23.
In addition to sound net minding, the Canucks benefitted from excellent special teams. Two power-play goals and a perfect 6-for-6 penalty kill proved the difference as the rookies showed some of the spark that was missing Monday.
Labrie scored the night's prettiest goal jumping up on a two-on-one rush late in the third and tapping a beautiful cross-crease feed from Hodgson behind Fischer's pad. The goal quashed any thoughts of an Edmonton rebound.
Camp invitee Kyle Neuber from Mississauga made a statement in his first game of the tournament earning a decision in a spirited first-period scrap against an older AHL veteran in Hans Benson.
Along with Rahimi, Canucks sniper Michael Grabner watched from the stands as Neuber and Morton-Boutin stepped into the line-up. BOXSCORE
8:57- EDM, Jordan Eberle wrister in the slot from Stephane Goulet even strength (0-1)
9:48 - VAN, Patrick Coulombe from Hodgson on the power play (1-1)
12:25 - VAN, Dan Gendur on a penalty shot, five hole (2-1)
16:54 - VAN, Cody Hodgson on rebound from Rai and Simek (3-1)2nd Period:
2:45 - EDM, Bryan Lerg missed penalty shot
14:11 - VAN, Scott Howes unassisted on the power play (4-1)3rd Period:
8:44 - EDM, Bryan Lerg from Goulet (4-2)
16:57 VAN,PC Labrie on 2-on-1 from Hodgson (5-2)Shots
: VAN 7-11-5 23, EDM 12-5-12 29PP
: VAN 2-for-5, EDM 0-for-6 Scratches
: Michael Grabner, Daniel Rahimi, Julien Ellis (foot) Goalies
: Cory Schneider
27-29 VAN, Glenn Fischer 18-23 EDM
TUESDAY GAME-DAY UPDATE
After a night’s rest, the Canucks file to the rink for the morning skate in preparation for the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 6:00.
A 6-3 loss to start off the tournament is something the Canucks will hope to rebound from tonight when they take the ice and end on a positive note before flying home to Vancouver and get ready for main camp Saturday.
"I think last night there were a lot of jitters, a lot of nerves for our guys," said Scott Arniel, who is overseeing the bench this week. "Calgary had already played a game so they had a little bit of confidence going in and little more relaxed."
"Hopefully guys are a little more relaxed and we’ve talked to guys a little bit about doing the things that they do best."
Julien Ellis showed up rink side but standing on crutches. Ellis hurt his foot last night trying to make a save on an Adam Cracknell breakaway.
“He’s got a high-ankle sprain and at first diagnosis,” said Arniel. “It’s going to be about 8-10 weeks. It’s not very good – he’s going to go back to Vancouver and see [Mike Burnstein] and go for some tests back there.” Cory Schneider
, who was sidelined last night, will dress tonight and with Ellis out, Morgan Clark is also expected to dress for tonight’s game.
Both scratches from Monday night’s game, defenceman, Shawn Mortin-Boutin, and forward, Kyle Neuber will slot into the lineup for Michael Grabner and Daniel Rahimi.
Grabner scored two goals last night against the Flames and Rahimi showed that he can play at the level the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose need him to, despite having a less than stellar camp last year.
“Danny would be the first to admit it that he had an awful camp last year both in Vancouver and in Manitoba," said Arniel, who saw him at both camps last season. "He was extremely nervous and he wasn’t sure why, he was in great shape but he was just real nervous and you could see it every time he touched the puck."
"He wasn’t physical, which is a big aspect part of his game. Like I told him this morning, it made a big difference from how he is this year compared to how he was last year. He’s come in as you saw last night, he got in a fight, he played hard, had some big hits and that’s the Danny that we know.”
Rahimi’s leadership really showed throughout his year with the Moose and even sported one of three A’s on the Canucks roster last night, along with Grabner and Patrick Coulombe.OTHER NEWS:
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