The Edmonton Oilers rookies rallied from an early deficit to beat the Calgary Flames rookies 4-3 on Saturday night at Rogers Place.
The Flames took control before the game was five minutes old. Walker Duehr hit his own rebound off Olivier Rodrigue, then Ryan Francis made it 2-0 just 21 seconds later. The Oilers got one on the power play when Henry Rybinski took advantage of a pass from Yanni Kaldis. Martin Pospisil came back with a goal late in the first to make it 3-1 at Calgary.
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Rybinski scored again on the power play 6:34 in the second period to put Edmonton within one goal. Philip Kemp would tie it five minutes later when his low-angle shot went off the stick of a Flames defender.
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Kemp shot home from a sharp angle to give the Oilers their first lead of the night within four minutes of the third.
With just over four minutes to go, Rodrigue made a great save over Mathias Emilio Pettersen, who fired point-blank.
Oilers 2021 first-round pick Xavier Bourgault was drilled from behind at the end of the third by Francis. After being on the ice for a couple of minutes, Bourgault was able to skate off the ice. Francis was penalized for controlling from behind.
Oilers defender Dmitri Samorukov left the game early in the first period after being involved in a major collision at the blue line.
The two teams meet again Monday night in Calgary.
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