Jaedon Descheneau is glad to be back on the ice, and he proved it Saturday night by netting the overtime winner for the Edmonton Oilers at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton.
Descheneau took a pass from Chad Butcher and beat Calgary Flames goalie Mason McDonald 47 seconds into overtime, giving the Oilers a 4-3 win.
“It was good to get back out there playing,” says Descheneau, who suffered a shoulder injury early last season and only played two games for the Kootenay Ice in the WHL. He’d never played three-on-three overtime before. “I only got five seconds tonight, so yeah, I did like it.”
Joey Benik scored twice for the Oilers. He played in Penticton for the junior ‘A’ Vees, helping them win a national title in 2012.
“It’s a rink I was at for two years and had a little success. Certainly saw some friendly faces,” says Benik, who spent the last four seasons at St. Cloud State.
Collin Shirley had the other Oilers goal. Dylan Wells made 35 saves. The Oilers had a 3-1 lead midway through the third period, but the Flames pulled even with two goals in 3:01.
“It was a good game, an entertaining game. I liked our grit and compete level tonight,” says head coach Gerry Fleming.
The Oilers are 2-0 at the tournament. They close it out Monday at 12:30pm Mountain time against the Winnipeg Jets. The game can be heard on 630 CHED. (jrw)