Dylan Holloway continued to impress for the Edmonton Oilers, notching a hat-trick and an assist in Monday night’s 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place last season.
“It was one of those nights where everything just seems to be going right,” Holloway said after the game. “I owe a lot to my colleagues. I played with two pretty good players in (Draisaitl) and (Hyman) so I thought we played well and it’s great to get the win.”
All eyes were on the Oilers youngster, who was again in the lineup and this time in the top six, level with Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman. Holloway would open the goal midway through the first goal and parry a Darnell Nurse shot past Connor Delia.
“He had a hell of a game tonight,” said Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft. “I thought that line was the best line on the ice. They controlled the puck and didn’t give up much.”
“He works 200 feet from the rink,” Barrie said of Holloway. “He’s good defensively and then he’s got the skill and the speed so he’ll be a huge asset.”
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The Canucks finally conceded their fifth power play of the game early in the second game when Nils Hoglander fired a shot past Jack Campbell. On an Oilers power play, Evan Bouchard made a nice play to put down a Canucks clear attempt with the glove. A few seconds later, Connor McDavid fed Zach Hyman for a tap-in. Holloway scored 26 seconds later when he fired a shot over Delia’s right shoulder from a sharp angle. Conor Garland responded with a tip for the Canucks before Tyson Barrie made it 4-2 after two Oilers.
“We definitely took too many penalties and that destroyed the rhythm of the game,” said Barrie. “But we did well staying on track and staying out of the box in the second half.”
Jack Campbell made a spectacular save for Garland in the third, reaching out his gauntlet to snatch the puck just before it crossed the goal line.
“I thought (Campbell) was really good,” Woodcroft said after the game. “He made big saves when he was called on but I think he made a lot of really big saves early in the game… he was very good and a big reason the goals conceded was just two for the other team.”
Holloway completed the hat trick with 2:41 of the game. Warren Foegele scored goals 51 seconds apart to round out the scoring.
Campbell finished with 28 saves.
Tyler Benson left the game in the second half with a lower body injury and did not return.
“He tried to come back and take a shift, but it just didn’t feel like what he wanted,” Woodcroft said of Benson.
The Oilers resume the pre-season Wednesday in Abbotsford against the Canucks (630 CHED, face-off show 6 p.m., game 8 p.m.)
—With files by Brenden Escott, 630 CHED
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