Edmonton played their first game against the Jets since March 29th, 1996 on Tuesday night, beating them by the score of 2-0.
The Oilers’ rookies carried the momentum from last game’s stomping of the Canucks, scoring their first goal just 3 minutes in. After a screened point shot, Chase Schaber put the rebound upstairs, scoring on just the second shot of the game for the Oilers.
The Oilers’ power play was efficient last game, going 2-for-3, and they capitalized on their first chance on Tuesday night. From the half-wall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made the pass to Ryan Lowey at the point who proceeded to beat Jets goaltender Chris Carrozzi with a long wrist shot. It was one Carrozzi would have wanted back. Edmonton went 1-for-5 on the night for the power play and is 3-for-8 so far in the tournament.
The Oilers weren’t just wining the game on the scoreboard, but were winning the physical aspect as well. Schaber and Ryan Martindale both delivered huge hits to the Winnipeg rookies in the first 10 minutes of the game.
The latter half of the period did not go the Oilers way, as they failed to record a shot in the final 6 minutes. Edmonton did manage to take their 2-0 lead into the next period thanks to strong play from goaltender Tyler Bunz.
The start of the second period was slow paced, unlike the first. The first action took place in a fight between Brett Ferguson and Jordan DePape. Lots of punches were thrown, but few landed.
Tyler Bunz continued his great performance going into the third, as the Oilers kept their 2 goal lead.
Another fight began the third period as Wes Vannieuwenhuizen and Cody Sol engaged. The heavyweight battle was awarded to Sol, the Jets skater, but Vannieuwenhuizen held his own.
The Jets were held scoreless as Tyler Bunz put on a show, recording a 24 save shutout. Don’t let the low save count fool you, as 7 or 8 of them were legit scoring chances that were foiled. He was the best player on the ice on Tuesday.
The Oilers were once again perfect on the penalty kill with Bunz’s play helping them along.
Edmonton is now undefeated in this rookie tournament and will play their final game against the winless Calgary Flames tomorrow at 8:30 MT on EdmontonOilers.com.