Despite carrying a two-goal lead into the middle of the final frame, the Oilers Rookies surrendered three quick Golden Bears goals late in the game to drop a 4-3 decision at the University of Alberta Friday night.
Oilers goalie Andrew Perugini stopped 18 of 19 shots, while Burke Gallimore, R.J. Anderson, and Brett Breitkreuz each scored a goal for the copper and blue. The Bears' Real Cyr made 20 saves for the win.
The Golden Bears were fierce in the opening minutes, applying steady pressure on Oilers Rookie netminder Andrew Perugini. A hooking minor to Cameron Cepek gave the Oilers the advantage, but the club failed to test Real Cyr with a shot on the powerplay.
Near the period's midway point, Oilers blueliner Dmitry Kostromitin flipped the powerplay tables by taking a slashing minor, but Perugini stretched to keep the puck out of the net and maintain the tie game.
Moments after the penalty expired, Oilers rookie Burke Gallimore got the puck past Cyr to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. But Dale Mahovsky ensured the lead wouldn't last long by fooling Perugini to tie the game at one.
The Bears came on strong in the final minutes of the frame but failed to find a go-ahead goal, keeping both clubs on even terms heading into the second period.
The Bears assumed a 20-14 shot lead thanks to a trio of powerplays in the first half of the second period, but Perugini frustrated the University fans by turning away each attempt.
With five minutes left in the frame, R.J. Anderson tallied the Rookies' 15th shot -- and made it count. From a sharp angle, Anderson floated the puck past Cyr to renew Edmonton's lead.
Despite trailing 26-15 on the shot clock, the Rookies carried the 2-1 game to the second-period buzzer.
Five minutes into the frame, Edmonton Oil King Brett Breitkreuz posted his first goal in an Oilers rookie uniform to double his club's lead.
But a pair of Oilers penalties gave the hometown Bears the advantage following the goal, and with 10 minutes left on the clock, Cepek capitalized on Jordan Bendfeld's infraction by fooling fresh Oilers goalie Olivier Roy with a hard slapshot from the blue line to get back within one on the powerplay.
A late penalty to Adrian van de Mosselaer helped the Bears swarm Roy, and with 28 seconds left in the infraction, the pressure paid off. Poised at the corner of the crease, Michael MacAngus completed a tic-tac-toe initiated by Mahovsky and Ian McDonald to tie the game at three.
With momentum on their side, the Bears went in for the kill. Shortly after cracking the 40-shot mark, Sean Ringrose caught a rebound and nudged the puck off Roy's right skate and inside the post to give the U of A the lead with 1:06 left to play.
Although the Oilers Rookies iced six skaters for the final minute, they were unable to even things up and dropped a 4-3 decision to the Bears Friday night.