Tyler Bunz: 23 shots, zero goals yielded. Photo courtesy ESPN

Tyler Bunz Earns Shutout, Oilers YoungStars Victorious

The Oilers YoungStars emerged victorious over the Jets last night by a score of 2-0 on the heels of an excellent performance by goaltending prospect Tyler Bunz.

Expect the following piece to say the words “Tyler Bunz” at least seven or eight times.

Last night was our first chance to see the brand new Winnipeg Jets in action.  And, as happy as I am for the city of Winnipeg  getting NHL hockey back again, you couldn’t help but feel great for Tyler Bunz pasting a big fat zero under the Winnipeg score sheet.


  • Bunz faced 23 shots, and about five or six of them fell in the ‘really tough’ category. With Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz both posting excellent performances in this YoungStars tournament, I can’t wait to see where both of them will fit with the club in two or three years.  Winnipeg goalie Chris Carrozzi appeared jittery at first, but played well after allowing two Oiler goals in the first.  Carrozzi finished with 24 saves in 26 shots.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had himself another point last night with an assist on Ryan Lowery’s first period wrister from the blue.  The point is Nugent-Hopkins’ second of the tournament, and the goal was Lowery’s first.
  • Chase Schaber opened the scoring for the Oilers on a dribbler that Jets goalie Tim Cheveldae  Carrozzi couldn’t lock up in his crease.

It’s a lot of fun seeing people wearing Oiler sweaters winning games, even if they’re just prospect games.  The goaltending (after two prospect games) paints somewhat of a bright picture on the horizon.  The first overall pick of the draft has two points in two games, while the rest of the team has managed to score nine times over the time of the tournament.  It’s the YoungStars tournament, but all is well in the world for now.

Here’s the fancy highlight reel straight from the Oilers website, this time without the cute sound effects

The Oilers YoungStars try to finish a perfect 3 out of 3 in the tournament tonight in a contest versus Calgary.

Puck drops at 8:30.  Stream it here.

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