So much for a blowout.

The combined NAIT/MacEwan team, dressed in their blue and maroon jerseys while the Oilers kids were in white home sweaters because the NHL team won’t unveil their new orange colours for Rogers Place games until their league opener Oct. 4 against Calgary Flames, surprisingly knocked off first-round draft Kailer Yamamoto and his teammates 2-0.

Before about 3,500 fans in the lower bowl of the 18,500-seat NHL rink, all paying $20 a pop in the fund-raiser for the NAIT and MacEwan hockey programs, the Ooks/Griffins squad bent but refused to break.

They rode very strong work by goalies Marc-Olivier Daigle and Nathan Park as were outshot 49-19 but didn’t give the Oilers a sniff before they all wore huge smiles as they posed for an on-ice photo at centre ice when the game ended.

“Definitely a fun night. That’s a really skilled team, the speed’s definitely a notch up from what we’re used to playing,” said Park. “Certainly an experience for me. Probably won’t get the chance to do it again, huge to play as well as I did and our team in front of a pretty good crowd to get our league and our programs some recognition and show …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

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