. - The Oilers scored late to tie the game but Winnipeg netted the game-winner in overtime to hand Edmonton their first and only loss at the 2015 Young Stars Classic, 5-4.
“I think we were a little hot and cold,” said Oilers centre Kyle Platzer. “We came out a little flat and turned it on at the end of the first and came out strong in the second.
The Jets struck first at 6:46 of the first period. The Jets kept the puck in the Oilers zone and 2014 first-round pick Nikolaj Ehlers fed Michael Spacek a backhander out in front. Spacek’s shot went off the pad of Eetu Laurikainen. The Oilers goaltender got caught out of the net and Andrew Copp buried the rebound.
At 10:06, Ehlers again made a nice play when he set up Copp for his second goal of the game. The streaking Copp was hit in front of the net by an Ehlers pass and put the Jets up 2-0.
A scary moment for the Jets came with 5:32 remaining in the first. Jan Kostalek was on the receiving end of a hit by Oilers defenceman Ben Betker at the blueline. Kostalek stayed down for a few moments before being helped off the ice and to the locker room.
The Oilers finally got on the board with just 3.8 seconds left in the first. Alexis Loiseau scored his first goal of the tournament.
Although he allowed two goals, Laurikainen was solid in the first period, making 14 saves as the Oil were outshot 16-7.
“I think Eetu in the net was absolutely unbelievable tonight,” said Platzer. “He’s been awesome the whole tournament.”
Laurikainen made 30 saves on the night.
“I thought Eetu did a good job of holding us in there in the first,” said Oilers Rookies Head Coach Gerry Fleming. “They came at us pretty hard.”
The Oilers tied the game up at 7:22 of the second period, on the power play. With Jimmy Lodge in the sin bin for holding, Leon Draisaitl and Loiseau helped work the puck inside, where Braden Christoffer scored his third goal in as many games. This goal tied the game at 2-2.
The Jets took back the lead on the power play at 2:20 of the third. Chase De Leo snuck the puck in, assisted by Nikolaj Ehlers. That was Ehlers third assist of the game.
Josh Morrissey put the Jets up 4-2 at 7:30 of the third, pouncing on a loose puck right in front of a sprawling Laurikainen.
The Oilers got right back in it with 8:40 remaining in the game. Anton Slepyshev set up Josh Winquist in the slot for a goal that made it 4-3, Jets.
Loiseau tied the game for the Oilers with 3:31 remaining. He battled with the puck for sometime before cutting to the net and scoring his second of the game.
Draisaitl had an opportunity late to win it for Edmonton but was stopped by Eric Comrie on a partial break. The game went to overtime.
Loiseau almost won it all for the Oilers with a wraparound try in overtime but couldn’t get it past Comrie.
The Jets were the ones to win it with a Scott Kosmachuk goal at 2:09 of the three-on-three overtime period. The Oilers Rookies complete their camp schedule on Wednesday with a game against the University of Alberta Golden Bears, 7 p.m. MT at Rexall Place.