CALGARY - For a 20-year-old kid that played U.S. college hockey last season, Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano showed the poise of a NHL veteran Saturday night.
After taking two penalties then being the culprit on Jarome Iginla's go-ahead goal late in the first period, Cogliano bounced back to score twice, including the overtime winner, as the Oilers won 5-4 over the Calgary Flames in exhibition action.
"It was a rough first period for me," Cogliano said. "I took two penalties, one of the goals was completely my fault.
"It was a bad taste of the NHL and how it can be rough on a young guy. So I came into the dressing room, refocused, and getting that goal in the second period was huge for me."
On his goal at 12:02 of the second that tied the game 3-3, the speedy centre got behind the talented defence pairing of Robyn Regeher and Adrian Aucoin, took a pass from Steve Staios, and beat Miikka Kiprusoff.
On his overtime goal, the puck came to him as he cut through the slot and he was able to stick with it and knock the puck in after it initially hit the goal post.
"He played good," said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "He's played well, seems to just get better and better."
Cogliano now has three goals and two assists in two pre-season games. He's hoping to make the jump to the NHL after two years the University of Michigan.
Raffi Torres, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Shawn Horcoff also scored for Edmonton (3-1-0). Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla, Adam Pardy and Marcus Nilson scored for Calgary (0-2-2).
Although the Flames are still seeking their first pre-season win, the offence at least turned the corner Saturday after generating just two goals in its first three pre-season games
"We played a much better game offensively," Tanguay said. "Now what we have to do is play solid defensively and we'll be fine.
"People were starting to worry about us scoring goals but with guys like Iginla, Huselius, and (Daymond) Langkow, we know scoring isn't going to be a problem, but the defensive part of the game - those mental errors, that's what we have to get better at eliminating."
Calgary's top line of Iginla, Tanguay and Langkow looked in fine form and were in on two of the Flames goals.
A concern for Edmonton is the condition of captain Ethan Moreau, who hobbled off the ice with three minutes to go in the second period after the Oilers captain took a hard slapshot from Aucoin squarely off the left ankle. He was immediately helped to the dressing room.
"It's a significant bruise, very painful, but there's not much more to say," said MacTavish. "We don't think it's broken but we'll get him back to Edmonton and we'll assess it tomorrow."
Moreau, 32, played in only seven games last season before suffering a dislocated shoulder on Oct. 21, an injury that ended his season.
Kiprusoff made his home debut for the Flames and went the distance making 23 saves. Dwayne Roloson also played the full game for Edmonton finishing with 33 stops.
Both were playing their first full game and neither was in vintage form, especially in the opening 20 minutes where the teams combined for five goals on just 19 shots.
Notes: Nilsson, son of former Calgary Flames great Kent Nilsson, played for the first time in the city he was born in... The Flames have 29 players left in camp. Included in that number is 18 forwards, six of which are vying for what's believed to be just one opening up front. The leading candidates are Dustin Boyd, Carsen Germyn, Warren Peters and Grant Stevenson - all of whom played in the AHL last year. Also in that group of six is Brandon Prust, currently injured, and Darryl Sutters son Brett Sutter, who played with Red Deer of the WHL last season... Both teams are next in action on Tuesday with Calgary hosting San Jose and the Oilers in Phoenix to play the Coyotes.