The Edmonton Oilers rookies will have a chance to redeem themselves tonight when they take on the University of Alberta Golden Bears in what will be the twenty-third meeting between the two organizations. It’s also the first since 2009.
The rookies limped home from Vancouver where they were man handled during the three games in the Young Stars Tournament. Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg all iced rookie lineups that took it to Edmonton’s rookies over the weekend, outscoring them in convincing fashion by a 16-5 margin.
Tonight the baby Oilers will attempt to crack the win column and more importantly play for an invite to training camp that is set to open later this week. You want to skate with the big boys? Prove your worth and for some tonight may be their last chance to do so.
According to Bob Stauffer, who has attended 20 of the 22 contests, the Golden Bears hold a slight 12-10 edge in the win/loss category over the years, including last year’s 4-3 win. Stauffer reminds us that the U of A eraseda 3-1 deficit to pick up the spirited victory.
Stauffer notes that game time is set for 7:00 PM at the Clare Drake Arena. The game will be broadcast on 630 CHED as well as the Oilers official website.
Courtesy of the Stauffer article, the lineups for the Oilers rookies are as follows:
Goal: Rimmer to start
Defense: Davidson-Nurse, Leach-Klefbom, Marincin-Betker
Forward lines: Platzer-Petryk-Kessy, Bilckie-Ewanyk-Abney, Miller-Roy-Fyten, Chase-Schaber-Baddock