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Young Flames sweep best-of-two pre-season series with Oilers, winning second game 3-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome

by TY PILSON @typilson /

Video: Highlights from the 3-1 win over the Oilers







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No one in the stands was brandishing a broom.

After all, it was just a two-game, pre-season set among top prospects.

However, when it comes to the Battle of Alberta, every win counts.

And every victory feels good. 

The Flames swept their young Edmonton Oiler counterparts, skating to a 3-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome Tuesday night.

They drew first blood Saturday night in Red Deer, with Matthew Phillips scoring the OT marker in a 1-0 win.

It's worth noting, purely for BOA historical purposes, of course, the Flames are now a perfect 4-0 since the two provincial rivals switched to this current pre-season format last year.

Glenn Gawdin got the homeside on the board just a scant 36 seconds into the contest Tuesday, pushing his way past Oilers defenceman Dmitri Samorukov, gathering up the puck at full steam down the wing and snapping it up-and-over goalie Olivier Rodrigue.

Just over six minutes later, Adam Ruzicka made it 2-0 after a turnover near the Edmonton blueline, taking a pass from linemate Jeremy McKenna - who moments earlier had been denied on a close-in chance of his own - and snapping the puck over the glove of Olivier.

Heading into the third period, the score remained 2-0, with the Flames outshooting the Oil 31-13.

Young netminder Dustin Wolf - a seventh-round pick in the recent draft - saw his shutout snapped 1:15 in the final frame with Edmonton on a powerplay, Evan Bouchard's harmless looking wrister from the point hitting a stick while going through a maze of bodies and finding twine.

Later, Phillips iced the game with an empty-netter with 44.7 seconds left to play.

The final shots: Calgary 42, Edmonton 19

Video: Glenn Gawdin snipes one top shelf

Video: Adam Ruzicka buries it from the hash marks

Video: Phillips and Pelletier give and go into the empty net

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