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Canucks lose finale to Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers earned a 5-4 win in overtime against the Vancouver Canucks prospects in the final game of the four-day Young Stars Classic, Monday afternoon.

The Canucks finish the tournament with a 1-2 record, while the Oilers were perfect at 3-0.

Michael Carcone, after hitting a crossbar early in the first, scored a pair of goals for the Canucks in the opening period.

His first came 8:25 in, getting a shot through a screen from the slot. Carcone dazzled in scoring his second, which came at 17:44. He skated up ice and beat an Oilers defender on the right-wing side, and cut through the slot before getting a shot off from the left side with traffic in front of the Oilers net, beating goalie Shane Starrett over the glove.

The Oilers would claw back in the second after a slow opening 20 minutes, scoring three times to lead 3-2 after two periods of play.

Joe Gambardella got his team on the board with a goal at 9:45, scoring on a one-timer out front after taking a pass from behind the goal line. On the Oilers next shot, defender Ziyat Paigin ripped a one-timer from the middle of the ice under the left pad of goalie Thatcher Demko. Four minutes after tying the game at two, Gambardella gave the Oilers the lead, tapping in a rebound on the doorstep at 15:37, his second of the period.

Former Penticton Vees goalie Michael Garteig came in to start the third period, replacing Demko in the Canucks crease. 

The Oilers would double their lead on their second shot of the third period, 45 seconds in, when Ostap Safin scored up high on a shot from just outside the blue paint.

The Canucks cut in to the Oilers lead at 14:14 of the third, with a goal from Jonah Gadjovich on a five-on-three powerplay. The home team would knot the score up at four with 1:33 remaining in regulation, as a long point shot from defender Matt Brassard squeaked past the Oilers goalie Starrett.

The two teams would head to three-on-three overtime, marking the first game over the four-day tournament that needed to be settled past regulation.

The Oilers would score at 2:39 of the extra frame, on the first shot from either team in the period. Forward Kirill Maksimov let a shot go from the top of the right circle that beat Garteig over the right shoulder, giving his team a 5-4 win to end the tournament.

The Canucks led 46-26 in shots on the afternoon.

Monday's earlier game between the Calgary Flames prospects and Winnipeg Jets prospects, a 10:30 a.m. start, saw the Jets cruise to a 4-1 victory; they led 35-10 in shots for the game.

Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube scored the Flames' lone goal in the loss.

Both the Flames and Jets finish the Young Stars Classic with a 1-2 record.

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