Both teams chose to sit some of their bigger name prospects, with the Flames leaving Andrew Mangiapane, Spencer Foo, and Oliver Kylington out of the lineup.
The Flames benefited from five different goal scorers on the night, with Dmitri Zavgorodniy potting two including a beautiful toe drag deke in the first period to open the scoring. D’Artagnan Joly, Adam Ruzicka, Glenn Gawdin, and Brett Pollock also scored for the Flames during the game.
For the second straight game, Dillon Dube was the deadliest player on the ice for either team, as he seemed to create chances on almost every single shift. He looked really good with Zavgorodniy on his line and only made his case for making the Flames strong in these rookie games.
Tyler Parsons looked solid again, playing the first half of the game and only allowing one goal. The goal he did allow was one he’d probably like back, but he made a number of outstanding saves which mitigated the goal.
Mason McDonald entered the game and immediately coughed up the Flames lead by allowing two goals in his first four minutes of action. He didn’t face much rubber the rest of the way, and didn’t show anything we didn’t already know about him.
The Flames got some solid play from their makeshift D core tonight as well and really did a good job of shutting down the Oilers in the third.
M&G 3 Stars of the Game
Third Star: Matthew Phillips
He picked up another assist this evening which gave him four over the two games. In the first game I felt he struggled to totally establish himself and play to his skillset despite the points, but tonight he was really flying and created some great opportunities, including making the play that led to Glenn Gawdin’s goal. The next big step for Phillips will be finding his niche in a bigger game outside the junior level, and it was good to see his progression over these two games.
Second Star: Dillon Dube
What more can really be said about Dube? He looked outstanding tonight and that’s what you’re supposed to do in these games if you want to have a shot at making the NHL team. His assist on Zavgorodniy’s second goal was a beauty as he batted it out of mid-air to Zavgorodniy while also skating away from the net.
First Star: Dmitri Zavgorodniy
He really used his speed and playmaking to put himself in position to score tonight. His first goal as already mentioned was a great deke to beat the Oiler netminder. His second goal had him getting into great position in the slot to pick up the pass from Dube and snipe top corner. Zavgorodniy also had a nice assist on Brett Pollock’s PP goal as he set him up for the one-timer. It really looks like he could become a steal for a 7th round pick.
1st Period: Calgary 3, Edmonton 1
CGY - Dmitri Zavgorodniy (1) (Mike McMurtry, Igor Merezhko)
CGY - D’Artagnan Joly (1) (Jordan Ernst, Adam Ruzicka)
CGY - Dmitri Zavgorodniy (2) (Dillon Dube, Merrick Rippon)
EDM - Luke Esposito (1)
2nd Period: Calgary 3, Edmonton 3
EDM - Cameron Hebig (1)
EDM - Evan Polei (1)
3rd Period: Calgary 6, Edmonton 3
CGY - Adam Ruzicka (1) (Jordan Ernst, Brayden Pachal)
CGY - Glenn Gawdin (1) (Milos Roman, Matthew Phillips) PP
CGY - Brett Pollock (1) (Dmitri Zavgorodniy, Mike McMurtry) PP
Flames Rookie Games Leading Scorers
T-1: Brett Pollock 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist)
T-1: Matthew Phillips 4 points (0 goals, 4 assists)
T-3: Dillon Dube (1 goal, 2 assists)
T-3: Glenn Gawdin (2 goals, 1 assist)
T-3: Dmitri Zavgorodniy (2 goals, 1 assist)
The Flames kick off their pre-season action on Saturday morning at 12:30 AM against the Boston Bruins in China.