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Team White defeats Team Blue 6-5 after overcoming 5-1 lead in the second half

by Marc Ciampa /

It was a wild scrimmage on Sunday in front of a strong gathering of Oilers fans with this day of training camp open to the public as Team White defeated Team Blue 6-5 in a shootout after coming back from a 5-1 lead. 

"Ironically, we were working on defence and defensive zone coverage and that type of stuff. And all of a sudden we've got a 10-goal game," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. "It was nice to see the offence coming out. I thought some of the higher-end players really took charge of the scrimmage today and had an impact on it."

Cam Talbot allowed three goals in the first half for Team White and Eddie Pasquale surrendered four in the second half for Team Blue. 

"It was a little bit of a tougher day for the goalies," McLellan commented. 

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Team White featured Maroon-McDavid-Strome, Khaira-Letestu-Kassian, Hamilton-Downing-Safin and Callahan-Kelly-Pakarinen

Team Blue had Lucic-Draisiatl-Caggiula, Jokinen-RNH-Puljujarvi, Laleggia-Malone-Rattie and Chase-Maksimov-Yamamoto up front. 

Goals by Yohann Auvitu and Jesse Puljujarvi early on staked Team Blue to a 2-0 lead and Oscar Klefbom's power play point shot beat Talbot five-hole to make it a three-goal game. Jujhar Khaira got one back and it was 3-1 Team Blue at the half. 

Drake Caggiula's goal early in the second half made it 4-1 Blue. Joey Laleggia then netted a shorthanded marker on a brilliant individual effort to extend Blue's lead to four goals but seconds later, McDavid set up Maroon to make it a 5-2 game. 

Pakarinen wired home a drop pass from McDavid to narrow the gap to 5-3 and then late goals by Downing and Patrick Russell saw the game even at 5-5. 

In the shootout, Draisaitl scored for Team Blue and Ostap Safin scored for Team White setting up Khaira's five-hole shootout winner to bring Team White all the way back. 

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