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Sharks edge Oilers 4-3

by Jen Sharpe / Edmonton Oilers
Magnus Paajarvi battles for the puck during the Young Stars Rookie Tournament in Penticton, BC.


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Penalty trouble cost both the Oilers and the Sharks some goals Wednesday night in Penticton, but after 60 minutes, the Sharks proved to be better penalty-killers and edged out a 4-3 win.

Magnus Paajarvi and James Livingston each had a goal for Edmonton, while Taylor Hall had a goal and a helper on Paajarvi's marker. Goalie Bryan Pitton made 26 saves in the losing effort.


It didn't take long for tempers to flare. Seven minutes in, San Jose's Benn Ferriero was called for roughing, preceding a short scrap between Alex Plante and Brandon Mashinter. It was later announced that Plante was injured in the fight and would not return to the game.

Near the period's midway point, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi burst in on goalie JP Anderson. Although the rush was unsuccessful, the play drew a slashing minor from Benn Ferriero and a second power play for the Oil.

But the penalty box doors kept swinging, and not in Edmonton's favour. Although the club enjoyed a brief five-on-three, consecutive penalties to Johan Motin and Martin Marincin gave San Jose the edge.

Tommy Wingels drew the Motin minor, and shortly thereafter gave his club a 1-0 lead during four-on-three play. Moments later and with Marincin still in the box, Michael Sgarbossa added a second power play goal to make it 2-0 San Jose.

With 1:07 left in the frame, Cameron Abney and Samuel Finn dropped their gloves at center ice. Abney eventually dropped Finn, and thanks to an additional instigating minor to the Shark, watched his club head back on the power play.

Edmonton's top line responded, and from behind Anderson's net, Paajarvi deflected the puck off a defender and across the line to get his club back within one.

But San Jose soon got that one back. Following another fight, this time between Jordan Bendfeld and Mashinter, Sgarbossa tagged his second power play goal of the game to set the score 3-1 heading into the middle frame.


The Oilers and Sharks took turns in the penalty box early in the second, but Anderson and Bryan Pitton kept the score stagnant.

Thanks to a strong stretch of shorthanded play, San Jose attained a 19-11 shot lead near the game's midway point. At 10:25, fans saw their fourth fight when Drew Czerwonka and Cameron Brodie collided behind Anderson's net and took the physical confrontation to the next level.

With seven minutes left in the frame, James Livingston caught a feed from Martindale and wired it past Anderson to get the Oil back within one. But Sgarbossa played spoiler again, securing a hat trick and 4-2 Sharks lead one minute later.

San Jose closed the period with three penalties, but Edmonton struggled to get traction and headed to the third trailing two goals and 24 shots to 16.


With Tony Lucia continuing his second-period hooking minor, the Oiler started the third on the right foot. 50 seconds after opening puck drop, Hall cycled up to the point and back in before slapping the puck past Anderson to get Edmonton back within one.

Two minutes later, Bendfeld and Wingels went toe-to-toe near the benches, thrilling fans with the fifth fight of the game.

Edmonton's top line lit up the ice following the fight, enabled in part by two more Sharks penalties, including a 49-second five-on-three. Head Coach Todd Nelson let the big three work through the power plays, but the Oil couldn't get the puck past Anderson to tie the game.

With nine minutes left in regulation, Daniel Erlich surged out of the penalty box and broke in on Pitton. The goalie followed the shooter until the last second and made a big left pad save to keep his club within one.

The Oilers opted for six skaters in the final minute, but the extra attacker failed to result in a game-tying goal and the Sharks came out with a 4-3 win Wednesday night. The Oilers finish the Young Stars Rookie Tournament with a 2-1 record.
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