We know it’s early. We know these are rookies and prospects. We know these don’t count in the standings. BUT......doesn’t it feel good to say “the Flames beat the Oilers again!”?
Calgary’s crop of rookies and prospects dispatched Edmonton’s newbies by the score of 3-1 last night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This is the second straight game where Calgary has taken down Edmonton, the other being last week’s 1-0 OT victory to open the rookie games in Red Deer.
Last night the Flames were able to open up their offence a little, putting three goals past Edmonton’s Olivier Rodrigue on 42 shots. Speaking of shots, what’s even more impressive than Calgary’s number was the lack of Oilers shots last night. Edmonton was only able to put 19 shots on Dustin Wolf, who held Edmonton scoreless until early in the third period.
The Flames’ offensive outburst came on the shoulders of some of their most heralded prospects. Glenn Gawdin opened up the scoring just 36 seconds into the game with a gorgeous, top shelf wrister that put the Flames on top 1-0. Adam Ruzicka put the Flames up 2-0 before the first period had even reached the midway mark and Calgary wad well on their way to a second straight victory over Edmonton. Matthew Phillips would finish off the Flames scoring with an empty netter in the third period and Calgary would walk away with a 3-1 victory over their provincial rivals.
Even though these are just prospect games, it’s got to be a great sign for the Flames organization when Ruzicka, Phillips and Gawdin are doing the heavy lifting. These three are highly viewed players in the Flames system and for them to be the lead players AND to do it against Edmonton is just a perfect scenario.
1st: Gawdin (1) (unassisted), Ruzicka (1) (McKenna)
3rd: Phillips (2) (empty net)
3rd: Bouchard (1)