The Oilers went into their final game of the Penticton Rookie Tournament undefeated, but left with a loss to their rival Calgary Flames by the score of 4-3.
The first bout in the Battle of Alberta came just five minutes into the game as Antti Tyrvainen dropped his mitts for the second time of the tournament, this time with Calgary’s Turner Elson.
The Flames struck first on the power play when Sven Baertschi took a forehand shot that was answered with a great kick save by Oilers goaltender Adam Brown. The first shot may have been stopped, but the second chance backhander was not.
In the second half of the first, the second fight came up on the card. Tyler Schmidt, who had 150 pm in Tri-City last year went at it against Calgary’s Lance Bouma. Only a few punches were thrown with Bouma having a slight edge.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead when Dustin Sylvester stole the puck from Phillippe Cornet and put it over the glove of Brown. The Oilers were outplayed and were happy getting into the intermission down by just 2.
The Oilers broke the shutout in the second when Tyler Pitlick shot a howitzer past the Flames goalie Joni Ortio. Pitlick was the Oilers second round pick after Taylor Hall in the 2010 Entry Draft.
The Flames looked to restore their two-goal lead as Sven Baertschi came in on the breakaway. Adam Brown stuck his glove out to make the save and found a puck in it, robbing Baertschi and keeping the Oilers within one going into the third.
Sven Baertschi continued his fantastic game tipping in a goal from the point past Brown for his second of the night. Baertschi was the dominant player Wednesday, the first time in the tournament that it has not been an Oiler when Edmonton was playing.
Edmonton was not to stay out of this game as Tobias Rider set up Anton Lander across the crease for a score. 24 seconds later, the Flames took the 2 goal lead back. Lance Bauma took the puck off of Chase Schaber’s stick and tucked a backhand shot five-hole on Brown.
Just 54 seconds after that, Martin Marincin stepped around his man and shot the puck home, getting the Oilers back within one. 3 goals were scored in 1:19.
The Oilers called a timeout and pulled their goalie, but could not put a tally on the board.
- Sven Baertschi (Calgary)
- Anton Lander (Edmonton)
- Tyler Pitlick (Edmonton)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a healthy scratch during this game.
This was the final game of the tournament. The Oilers next action will be the inter-squad game at the Joey Moss Cup on Sunday. Not all the players in this tournament will be invited to main camp, so expect a few cuts tomorrow.