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LIVE GAME BLOG: Oilers Rookies vs. U of A

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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Forward Lines:

Slepyshev - McDavid - Sanford
Christoffer - Draisaitl - Winquist
Linaker - Loiseau - Bukarts
Rankin - Platzer - Chase

Defensive Pairings:

Nurse - LaLeggia
Jones - Bear
Betker - Leveille




20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.

16:45: Both teams trade chances in the first three minutes. Shots are 3-2 for the Oilers.

14:56: Rhett Rachinski found a loose puck at the top of the crease and backhanded it past Oilers netminder Eetu Laurikainen. On the play, Oilers forward Greg Chase received a 10-minute misconduct. | UA 1, EDM 0

10:43: Connor McDavid made an incredible play on a breakaway and almost scored, going to a quick backhand but Golden Bears goaltender Luke Siemens stuck out his left pad to make the save. On the play, Rachinski took a penalty, setting up the first power play of the night for the Oilers Rookies. 

10:15: Less than 30 seconds into the power play, Leon Draisaitl quickly converted a feed from Braden Christoffer that beat Siemens five-hole and tie the game up. | EDM 1, UA 1

9:22: Another former Oil King gets a penalty as Riely Kieser has to sit for two minutes due to a tripping minor. 

7:59: The dangerous Oilers power play makes U of A pay once again. Alexis Loiseau corrals the puck in the slot after a very nice backhand pass from McDavid, spins and fires past the outstretched right pad of Siemens to put Edmonton in front. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each get assists for their second points of the game. | EDM 2, UA 1

5:37: Brennan Yadlowski takes out Loiseau in a one-on-one situation in the Golden Bears zone and recieves two for tripping, sending the Oilers on their third power play of the period.

0.0: Shots on goal after one period were 12-10 for the Oilers.


20:00: Period two has begun.

16:45: Bears come out strong to start the middle frame, firing the first three shots of the period on Laurikainen, including a couple of good chances in-close.

12:10: Jamie Crooks nearly tied the game with a great individual effort but couldn't jam the puck in on the short side off the rush.

10:10: After getting a nice centring pass from Leon Draisiatl, Joey LaLeggia takes the puck in between the hashmarks and wrists it blocker side past Siemens to extend Edmonton's lead. | EDM 3, UA 1

3:28: A quick shot from the slot by Rihards Bukarts is kicked out by Siemens.

2:37: Greg Chase wires a shot off the iron behind the U of A netminder but the puck manages to stay out of the net.

1:30: The U of A draws back within a goal after a wrist shot by Jordan Hickmott beats Laurikainen. | EDM 3, UA 2

0.0: Shots after 40 minutes are 27-20 for the University of Alberta.


20:00: The third period is now underway.

15:07: Attendance is announced at 14,434 for the game. Shots on goal in the final frame so far are 2-0 for the U of A.

10:14: Draisaitl is denied at the doorstep by Siemens but Josh Winquist swoops in to pick up the rebound and backhand it past the fallen U of A netminder and regain the two. | EDM 4, UA 2

6:43: Jamie Crooks scored for the Golden Bears to make things interesting (four about eight seconds). | EDM 4, UA 3

6:31: Off the draw, the Oilers scored quickly to get the game back to a two-goal lead. McDavid made an oustanding feed over to Cole Sanford, dragging the defender to him then dishing it across the crease to the charging Oilers forward. Sanford made no mistake, wristing it by the Golden Bears goaltender. | EDM 5, UA 3

4:51: Anton Slepyshev scores on a goalmouth scramble to increase Edmonton's lead to 6-3 | EDM 6, UA 3

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