It was not a good night for the Canucks Young Stars as they fell to their Oiler counterparts 7-2 in the Young Stars Tournament.
Darren Archibald opened the scoring for Vancouver, but the Oilers rebounded with seven unanswered goals. Six of those goals came in the second period, during which the Canucks were outshot 25-12.
With the ugly, lopsided score in tact for the third period, the Canucks tried to get some tough stuff going. Adam Polasek dropped the gloves with Edmonton’s Colten Teubert at the beginning of the third, with Polasek getting a quick one on Teubert to end the match. Sawyer Hannay and Cameron Abney also exchanged five-minute fighting majors.
David Honzik was Vancouver’s starting goalie, but was relieved by Karel St. Laurent after the weak second period.
Vancouver’s most recent first-rounder, Nicklas Jensen, has been blogging for Canucks.com during the rookies camp and tournament. He admitted to having some pre-game nerves, but considers it a “good lesson and good to get the first one out of the way”. Jensen recorded an assist in the game, setting up Archibald’s opening goal.
Leave it to the coach to try to get something positive out of a 7-2 loss. “It’s a good lesson for everybody, you have to play the game the right way and we obviously didn’t do that in the second period,” said Craig MacTavish (via Canucks.com). “We played a lot more intelligently in the third period, got pucks in deep.”
Jensen finished his blog by writing, “We’ll get some rest tonight and look to perform better tomorrow against the Sharks.” Better double check that schedule, young Dane. the Canucks actually take on the Flames next on Monday, 4:00 PM EST.