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OILERS SPLIT PRESEASON OPENERS
By Cassie Gage,
The Edmonton Oilers opened preseason action Saturday evening with a pair of split squad games against the Calgary Flames. The Oilers took down the Flames 3-2 in Calgary, while the Flames won in a shootout 6-5 in Edmonton.
Calgary 6, Edmonton 5 (Shootout) – in Edmonton
Taylor Hall gave Edmonton an early 1-0 lead at Rexall Place before the Flames answered to even the score. The back-and-forth action continued as Ryan Smyth got the Oilers back on top at 2-1, and Kyle Platzer extended that lead to 3-1 at the first intermission.
Oklahoma City connection Mark Arcobello stretched that lead to 4-1 at 5:49 of the second. Arcobello was able to capitalize on a third rebound attempt after shots by Nail Yakupov and Jesse Joensuu. Joensuu later made it 5-2 after the Flames had trimmed the lead in half.
The Flames eventually got on the board at 11:01 in the game to make it 5-3 Oilers and cut that lead to one with a goal at 13:07. Calgary got a powerplay goal late in the third to even the score at 5-all and force the extra period. After a scoreless overtime, Linus Omark and Hall were both turned away as Sveb Bertschi and Roman Horak scored to give the Flames the 6-5 win.
Edmonton 3, Calgary 2 – in Calgary
Two players with Oklahoma City ties came up big against the Flames in Calgary as Martin Marincin had a goal and Taylor Fedun ended the night with two assists. Fedun’s helpers came on Ryan Jones’ powerplay goal at 3:41 of the first period and in the second at 13:13 on a David Perron blast.
The Flames rallied back to tie the game late in the third, but Marincin’s rebound shot got past Calgary goaltender Joni Ortio at the 15:08 mark to give Edmonton a 3-2 lead.
Next up in preseason action is a game Tuesday evening at Winnipeg. Puck drop against the Jets is set for 7 p.m. CT.
The Oilers close out preseason action on Friday, Sept. 27 against the Dallas Stars at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City in the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy. Tickets remain and are available by calling 232-GOAL.
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