Canucks kids drop their last game of camp, 6-3 to the Edmonton prospects.
Well that didn't go according to plan. Fresh off a victory the night before, the Canucks prospects got into more penalty trouble and dropped a rather physical match-up with the Edmonton prospects 6-3 in Leduc, Alta.
The game started ugly enough when Evan Oberg took an elbow to the face that knocked him out the rest of the game. The Oilers jumped on the board early with a goal from Philippe Cornet but the Canucks tied it at one a piece thanks to a Mario Bliznak shorty (with props to Sergei Shirokov for the set-up on the 2-on-1). The Oil potted two quick ones before the end of 20 minutes and started the second with a lopsided 14-4 advantage in shots. Vancouver managed to knot the game midway through the second thanks to goals from Steve Anthony and Dusty Collins. But the Oil scored twice more before the end of the period to give them all the distance they needed. They added one more tally in the third.
While the Oil can be happy with the outcome (especially Jordan Eberle who scored twice) the loss put a sour note for the end of prospect camp, not just with a woozy Oberg but also Michael Funk who had to be helped off the ice after he blocked a shot with his knee (just writing that makes me cringe).
With prospects camp now over, the real fun begins with the main camp opening on Sunday. Canucks.com twittered last night that AV is likely to add 10-13 prospects to the main camp, so you can bet you haven't seen the last of Shirokov, Connauton, Tochkin, Walsky, Oberg (if he's OK), Bliznak and maybe Rai and Sauve. Hodgson obviously as well.
And we're just a handful of days away from Hockeyville 2009 and the first Canucks preseason game that truly matters.