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Under the Scope: Joey Moss Cup

by Ryan Dittrick / Edmonton Oilers

While the first two periods were primarily uneventful in terms of offensive opportunities, it shouldn't be surprising that it took a powerplay goal to break the ice and give one team the lead. Kurtis Foster's goal did just that as he scored a powerplay marker early in the third period to give Team Blue a 1-0 lead.

6 The number of points Horcoff, Hemsky, and Hall collected as a unit tonight.
41 Combined, the number of shots Team Blue and Team White put on the four goaltenders.
3 In period three, we saw Team Blue score three goals en route to victory over Team White.
1st Star
Shawn Horcoff
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 3
2nd Star
Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2
3rd Star
Ales Hemsky
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 1

Olivier Roy
9 6 3 21:30 .667

Jeff Deslauriers
12 12 0 21:30 1.000

Team Blue's top line of Horcoff, Hemsky and Hall were the story of the night. After their combined efforts put their team up 2-0 in the third period, they had the opportunity to get a little creative late in the final frame. After receiving a nifty pass from Hemsky, Hall and Horcoff found themselves in alone in a 2-on-0 where the two played tic-tac-toe with Hall finishing the final pass with ease. The goal brought the crowd out of their seats as Hall scored his first on Rexall Place ice.

Veteran centreman Shawn Horcoff was the catalyst for Team Blue's offensive attack in the third period. Horcoff scored a beautiful breakaway goal where he slid the puck backhand fivehole on goaltender Olivier Roy. Late in the frame Horcoff continued with his offensive touch around the net as he fed Taylor Hall for a tap-in goal to seal the victory for Team Blue.

While the game saw no action on the scoresheet for 30 minutes, Team Blue's three third period goals all came within a ten minute period of the final frame.

"It's our first scrimmage in a while and those are different type of games that you play in the summer, and obviously we haven't had any in camp. I think guys were a little tentative but once you get into the groove of things it gets a little easier. It will be exciting tomorrow night and I'm looking forward to it."

- Ryan Whitney on the Joey Moss Cup and his thoughts on tomorrow's pre-season opener in Vancouver.

Wednesday, September 22 at Vancouver
  8:00 p.m. MT (SN 1 / 630 CHED)

Edmonton travels to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Wednesday night to open up their six-game pre-season schedule. You can listen to the game on the Oilers Radio Network, 630 CHED, at 8:00 p.m. MT or watch it on Sportsnet One via the Sportsnet Oilers auxiliary channel.

Author: Ryan Dittrick |

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