Edmonton Oilers Young Stars GDB 3.0 Wrap Up: Oilers finish tournament with loss to Canucks
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The Oilers’ 18-game streak of not being defeated in regulation at the Penticton Young Stars has ended.
On Monday afternoon, the Oilers took on the Vancouver Canadians, falling 5-2 to finish the tournament with a 1-1-1 record. Vancouver, on the other hand, finished with a 2-0-1 record, the best record in the tournament.
Let’s take a look at the OilersNation’s Player of the Game, as well as other things worth mentioning.
OilersNation’s Player of the Game: Carter Savoie
Savoie was the leading point-getter for the Oilers, finishing with a total of four points. This included scoring his first goal of the tournament to tie the game in the second, as well as adding his third assist of the tournament.
After a strong sophomore season with the University of Denver, which saw him score 23 goals and 45 points in 39 games, the fourth-round pick’s transition to professional hockey has been tough.
Last season with the Bakersfield Condors, the 21-year-old left-wing had eight goals and 11 points in 44 games, along with a plus/minus of -17.
It will be a big season for the 2020 draftee.
Things worth mentioning…
Beau Akey had his worst game of the tournament, as he looked rather tired as he played his third game in four nights. He was hit hard in his own zone towards the end of the game, which resulted in the Canucks icing the game with an empty net goal. Still, there were a lot of positives to take away from the 18-year-old’s game, and I’m excited to see him with Barrie this season.
Carl Berglund scored his second goal of the tournament on Monday, tying him with Jake Sloan for the most goals for an Oiler. Berglund played his senior year for UMass-Lowell, scoring 12 goals and 27 points in 36 games. He later signed with the Bakersfield Condors, where he played six games with no points.
Xavier Bourgault had a strong tournament, even though he only had two assists in the three games. The 2021 first-rounder scored 13 goals and 34 points in 62 American Hockey League games last season, and the 2023-24 season is going to be a big one for the 20-year-old.
The Penticton tournament has wrapped up, by Oilers fans won’t have to wait too long before the boys of winter are back in action. Their first preseason game is under a week away, as they’ll take on the Winnipeg Jets at 4:00 PM MT on Sunday.
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