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Young Stars Recap 2.0: Oilers Rookies continue tournament with dominant 4-1 victory over Flames Rookies

After beating the Winnipeg Jets Rookies to kick off the tournament on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers Rookies continued to mow through the Penticton Young Stars Classic with a commanding 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames Rookies on Saturday night.

Let’s go through all of the interesting stuff from Saturday night…

Lineup

Dylan Holloway – James Hamblin – Xavier Bourgault
Matvey Petrov – Noah Philp – Jake Chiasson
Reid Schaefer – Filip Engaras – Carter Savoie
Ty Nash – Luca Hauf – Dino Kambeitz

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Philip Broberg – Max Wanner
Jeremy Hanzel – Phil Kemp
Charlie Wright – Mike Kesselring

Olivier Rodrigue
Jan Spunar

Highlights

The Oilers Rookies opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game. Noah Philp, an undrafted free agent signing from the University of Alberta Golden Bears, carried the puck up ice and wired a snap shot through the legs of a Flames defender and under Dustin Wolf’s blocker.

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The Flames scored before the end of the first period to knot the game up at 1-1 but it was all Oilers the rest of the way. In the second period, the Oilers Rookies’ top line of Dylan Holloway, Xavier Bourgault, and James Hamblin connected again. The line buzzed around and got a few looks before Bourgault found Hamblin in the high slot and he wired a shot glove side past Wolf to make the score 2-1.

The score remained at 2-1 until the middle of the third period when the Oilers Rookies ran away with it. Hamblin won a faceoff and carried the puck up ice and fed Holloway just as the trio was breaking into Calgary’s zone. Holloway slowed up a little bit, dragged the puck into the slot, and sniped a shot past Wolf to make the score 3-1.

Holloway also added an empty-net goal with a few minutes left on the clock to give the Oilers Rookies a 4-1 victory.

Three Stars

  • Just like Ryan Fanti the previous night, Olivier Rodrigue was solid when he needed to be, stopping 17 of 18 shots in the win. The Oilers Rookies blueline had a few mishaps early on and the Flames Rookies made a push in the third period but Rodrigue looked comfortable between the pipes.
  • The top line of Dylan Holloway, James Hamblin, and Xavier Bourgault again stood out on Saturday night, putting together a dominant performance at both ends of the ice with their speed. Holloway in particular looked a step above everyone else on the ice.
  • Noah Philp had a very strong game for the Oilers Rookies, as he opened the scoring with a great shot in the first period and played sound defensively the rest of the way. Philp is a 24-year-old on a one-year entry-level contract. A strong start with the Bakersfield Condors could put him in the mix to play 4C minutes for the Oilers.

Next up…

The Oilers Rookies will wrap up the tournament on Monday afternoon when they play the Vancouver Canucks Rookies at 3:30 p.m. MT.

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