. - A first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets stole the show with two goals in regulation and one in the shootout as they downed the Edmonton Oilers prospects 5-4 in their final game of the Young Stars Tournament.
The Oilers finish the 2014 Young Stars Tournament with two wins and a shootout loss, after not winning a game in 2013.
“We have a great group here, we all get along really well,” Oilers rookie centre Leon Draisaitl said. “There’s obviously a lot of skilled players and I think we have the right mix here. With a little more luck and a little better play in the third period we would have been 3-0. It’s too bad but it was a really successful tournament.”
The Jets struck first at 9:53 of the opening period. 2014 first-round pick Nikolaj Ehlers left a drop-pass for Brendan Kichton and the defenceman found twine, on the far side of goaltender Frans Tuohimaa.
Shortly after that goal, Winnipeg’s Ryan Olsen shoved Oilers Jujhar Khaira into the Jets net. Khaira hit back and then the two scuffled for a few moments. Both got five minutes for fighting, with Olsen getting the extra minor for roughing.
The Oilers couldn’t capitalize on the power play however and would head into the second period trailing 1-0.
Edmonton tied things up midway through the second period. Kale Kessy hustled after the puck behind the Winnipeg net. Kessy threw the puck out in front and Kyle Platzer was there to fire it in. The goal came at 9:00.
Before that game-tying goal, Tuohimaa made a big post-to-post sliding save to keep the game within one.
Winnipeg took back the lead at 13:05 of the second. On a rush, Jimmy Lodge passed to Jean Dupuy who scored for the 2-1 lead.
The Oilers rookies answered right back to tie the game at two. 2013 seventh-overall pick Darnell Nurse fired a slap shot from the point, which was tipped in by Jackson Houck.
Tuohimaa came up big for the Oilers again shortly after when he made a nice save on Ben Walker, who was all alone on the goaltender.
On the power play, the Oilers took their first lead of the night with 1:48 remaining in the second. Leon Draisaitl set up Khaira out in front of the net for an easy tap in.
46 seconds later, the Oilers took a two-goal lead when Draisaitl, the third-overall pick in this year’s draft, once again set up a goal. This time, it was Mitch Holmberg who scored on a one-timer from the circle. That goal was also on the power play.
Ehlers pulled Winnipeg back within one at 6:19 of the third period, on the power play. Ehlers skated around with the puck and then fired a shot from the top of the circle past Tuohimaa. Ehlers was selected ninth overall this year.
Ehlers continued to put on a show when he skated the length of the ice from the Winnipeg zone, and then sniped a shot in the top corner of the net. The score at 11:20 gave him two goals and an assist in the game.
The game went to overtime, but thanks to some excellent goaltending by Tuohimaa and big blocked shots from Kessy and Travis Ewanyk a shootout was needed to decide the final result.
“That’s the only part of the game I’m happy about,” Tuohimaa said after the game. “I made some big saves. That’s what I should do the whole game.”
Unfortunately for the Oilers, Ehlers scored in the shootout as did Nic Petan and the Jets skated away with the victory.