Champagne-covered Vazquez praises Price’s performance

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Oilers head coach talks about team’s overtime win against the Bruins

After coming back from 4-1 down to beat the Winnipeg Jets in overtime, the Edmonton Oilers were looking to make a statement in their home opener Thursday.

They did.

Two of them, actually.

Firstly, they reaffirmed that they don’t really like showing up for the first period.

And secondly, they showed there is some serious fight in this team.

Down to five defencemen and 11 forwards for more than half the game, and reeling after being pistol-whipped in the first period, the Oilers settled down and ground out a clutch 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Boston Bruins.

Leon Draisaitl’s goal 37 seconds into the extra period sealed the victory, thanks to a set up from Connor McDavid, whose two-point night gives him 11 in five games.

The 3-2 Oilers were a mess to start this one, though. Boston played the night before but it was Edmonton that looked dead on its feet. They were being outshot 9-1 through the first 10 minutes and didn’t register their second shot on net until the 14-minute mark.

If it wasn’t for Cam Talbot they would have been out of it by the first intermission.

“He was essential in the first period,” said head coach Todd McLellan. “We were flat. We were frozen. We didn’t move. We got pucks and we were standing still thinking about where the puck was going to go next.
“Once we got going and got skating and supported puck movement we were a lot better but without Cam’s performance in the first period we don’t get a chance to come back.”

Five games into the season and the Oilers haven’t had a lead after 20 minutes yet.

But they weathered the storm, regrouped and broke the .500 barrier for the first time since opening night last year thank to goals from Kailer Yamamoto, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl and, of course, a game-saving first period from Talbot.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Sports

      

BYU soccer: Five Cougars score in 5-1 win over Pacific

Five different players found the back of the net in the second half as the BYU women’s soccer team earned a 5-1 victory over Pacific on Thursday night at Knoles Field.

“The first half wasn’t quite going the way we had hoped,” BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood said. “They stuck with it and didn’t get too frustrated. They stayed with the game plan and played with more confidence. I challenged them to get the ball in the box and get the job done.”

After a scoreless first half, sophomore Makaylie Moore started the second half and found the back of the net in the 54th minute. Junior Elise Flake crossed the ball near the penalty marker and Moore connected with the ball on a one-touch shot for a 1-0 advantage for the Cougars (9-4-1, 4-1 WCC).

Pacific (2-13, 0-6 WCC) quickly answered in the 56th minute with a long shot outside of the 18-yard box to even the score at 1-all. But, 12 seconds later, Flake took the ball down the field off the kickoff and after beating the defense scored to put BYU back on top, 2-1.

In the 63rd minute, junior Lizzy Braby scored a volley off an Ella Ballstaedt cross to extend the lead to 3-1 for the Cougars.

BYU increased its lead to 4-1 when sophomores Mikayla Colohan and Cameron Tucker combined in the 73rd minute as Tucker passed the ball to an open Colohan who tapped the ball across the goal line.

Freshman Ashton Brockbank added a goal of her own when freshman Lytiana Akinaka set her up for a shot near the top of the 18-yard box for the 5-1 victory.

The Cougars wrap up their road trip on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Saint Mary’s. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PST, at Saint Mary’s Stadium. A video stream will be available on TheW.tv., and audio broadcasts can be heard on BYU Radio (Sirius XM 143/107.9 FM) and ESPN 960 AM.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News