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IN-GAME BLOG: Memorial Cup Semi-Final

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers
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Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oil Kings:

Curtis Lazar - Reid Petryk - Brett Pollock
Mitch Moroz - Henrik Samuelsson - Edgars Kulda
Mads Eller - Riley Kieser - Luke Bertolucci
Tyler Robertson - Cole Benson - Brandon Baddock

Defence pairings:

Griffin Reinhart - Ashton Sautner
Cody Corbett - Dysin Mayo
Aaron Irving - Blake Orban

Tristan Jarry


Today's game is now underway.

18:11: Val d'Or gets on the board first. Phil Pietroniro was alone at the left faceoff circle and corraled the puck before wiring a wrist shot past Oil Kings starting goaltender Tristan Jarry to make it a 1-0 game. | VDO 1, EDM 0

12:21: Shots on goal nearly eight minutes into the opening frame are 5-4 for Edmonton.

11:30: Bibeau made a very nice save on a quick tip-in from the top of the crease by Brett Pollock.

11:00: On a delayed penalty, Mads Eller picked up a rebound off a Griffin Reinhart point shot and put it into the open cage with Bibeau down and out. | EDM 1, VDO 1

8:27: Pollock gets sent to the box, giving Val d'Or the game's first power play.

0.0: After the first period, shots on goal were 12-10 for Val d'Or after a late-period push.


Second period is now underway.

18:41: Ashton Sautner gives the puck up to Pierre-Maxime Poudrier and the Foreurs centre's wrist shot is turned away by Jarry.

17:31: Eller gets two minutes for boarding. 

14:48: Lazar is tripped up just before getting a shot off at the right circle. The result is a penalty to Julien Gauthier and Edmonton's first power play of the night.

13:26: With the man advantage, Edmonton connects to take their first lead of the night. Dysin Mayo finds Mitch Moroz in the slot and he makes no mistake, wiring a shot past Bibeau. | EDM 2, VDO 1 12:18: Oil Kings nearly make it a two-goal lead after Reinhart spots Bertolucci coming up the middle of the ice. Bertolucci's deke attempt is denied by Bibeau. After the play is whistled down, Ryan Graves gets penalized for interference sending Edmonton to another power play.  

10:15: Just as the penalty expires, Edmonton strikes again. Edgars Kulda picks up the puck in front of the net and zips to the open side before depositing it into the yawning cage. | EDM 3, VDO 1
9:47: Val d'Or's penalty parade continues. Guillaume Gelinas sits for two minutes as Oil Kings try to go effectively three-for-three on the five-on-four. Bertolucci and Anthony Richard also receive penalties on the play.

7:01: Penalty is killed off. Shots are 20-15 Oil Kings.

2:08: Randy Gazzola wires a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that beats Jarry glove side and draws Val d'Or to within one. | EDM 3, VDO 2

0.0: Shots in the second period were 16-4 for Edmonton. Overall, 26-16 Oil Kings through 40 minutes.


Third period is now underway.

14:45: Moroz receives two minutes for tripping, setting up a Val d'Or power play.

11:49: Oil Kings kill off the penalty; Shots are 6-2 Val d'Or in the period to this point.

5:10: Shots in the period are 9-6 for Val d'Or and 32-25 Edmonton in the game overall.

2:26: Shots now 32-27 but Edmonton is doing a good job limiting the Val d'Or chances. Val d'Or calls a timeout. Bibeau is pulled from the net at this time. 

39.7: Jarry has an issue with his mask and it needs to go to the Oil Kings bench for repairs. Edmonton then calls a 30-second timeout.

36.0: Off the draw, the puck is pushed back by Mantha to Gelinas at the right point and his shot beats Jarry to tie the game at 3-3. | EDM 3, VDO 3

0.0: Shots on goal after three periods are 34-29 for Edmonton.


Overtime is now underway.

16:45: Best chance early on, Jeremie Fraser fires a shot from the right circle that Jarry knocks away with his blocker.

6:55: Shots are 41-35 for Edmonton as overtime continues.

1:31: Shots are 44-37 Oil Kings

0.0: Final shot count after 80 minutes: 46-38 for Edmonton.


Double overtime starts now.

16:00: This game has officially gone on longer than Tuesday's now at 84 minutes. Shots 47-40.

9:50: Shots 50-42 for Edmonton. Oil Kings just complete a stretch of very good chances.

7:19: Sautner clears the puck over the glass from his own zone, giving Val d'Or the first overtime power play.

5:32: Jarry denies Nicolas Aube-Kubel on a breakaway. 5:19: Oil Kings kill off the penalty. 3:59: Lazar's shot goes off the arm of Bibeau and wide.

0.0: Double overtime comes to an end. Shots in the period were 11-7 for Val d'Or. 53-49 Edmonton in the game overall.

Triple overtime starts now.

17:18: The Oil Kings ended up with the win!! Lazar redirected a point shot past Bibeau for the winning goal. Oil Kings are off to Sunday's final! | EDM 4, VDO 3

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