When the Oilers rookies take on the University of Alberta tonight they’ll be coming across an amped up group.
The Oilers know they’ll be facing a team that’s not only prepared, but motivated to take on professional athletes.
“This is definitely a game that they get up for every year and we have to match that intensity,” said Oilers forward Travis Ewanyk. “It’s a proving point for them and for us. They’ve got this one circled on their calendars they’re going to come out hard.”
Knowing that the Golden Bears are going to come out swinging, the game plan is to keep things simple.
“I know for a fact that they have systems in place, they’ve been practicing,” said Oilers coach Todd Nelson. “Their structure will be very good. So we’re just going to have to go out there and keep things simple and play to our strengths. Just try to be efficient in our defensive zone, puck management through the neutral zone and we have to shoot the puck.
“In the offensive zone, we have to have a high volume of shots to be successful. It was very evident in Penticton. When we weren’t shooting the puck, things weren’t happening for us. If we get a chance to shoot the puck, we have to shoot the puck and drive the net. Simple hockey.”