With traffic in front of his goal, the Winnipeg Jets weren’t able to rattle Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner, who earned a 3-0 win in the Canucks Young Stars Classic at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday. The Lethbridge Hurricanes goalie turned aside 26 shots. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Oilers shutout Jets in Young Stars

Stuart Skinner’s 26-save performance leads Oilers past Jets in Young Stars Classic

After a two-point effort in Canucks Young Stars Classic debut, Davis Koch followed up his second game with the Edmonton Oilers by assisting on the winner in a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

Davis Koch, a graduate of the Okanagan Hockey Academy, works the puck in the Winnipeg Jets zone. Koch, on a tryout with the Oilers and plays in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, assisted on the winning goal.
Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Koch and Brandon Saigeon teamed up to set up Luke Coleman to put the Oilers up 1-0 at 6:50 of the first period. Stuart Skinner earned the shutout with a 26-save performance in the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday.

“He made some timely saves for us at critical points of the game,” said Oilers head coach Gerry Fleming of Skinner’s performance to Oilers.com. “Any time there was any situation where we were scrambling a little bit in our zone he killed the play which allowed us to take a breath and regroup.”

Koch said their performance was good.

“I think we started off pretty well and kind of kept that going throughout all three periods and pushed them back,” said Koch, who played two years in the Okanagan Hockey Academy from 2011 to 13. “The Jets played a little tougher than Calgary did, but I think we managed it. I think we got lots of shots. We pressured them in their own zone. We pushed them back on their heels, their D and they turned the puck over.”

Watch Facebook Live interview with Koch

Another former OHA product in the lineup for the Oilers was Sahvan Khaira, who made his debut in the tournament.

“I think definitely at the start there is a lot of nerves,” said Khara, who like Koch is on a tryout with the Oilers.

The 6-3, 218 pound blueline protected the Oilers net, but also joined the rush when he felt it was right.

“You feel your game is a little different in the first period there. Once you figure out you can do it, it kind of all just ties together,” said Khaira, whose older brother Jujhar was drafted by the Oilers in the third round, 63rd overall in 2012. “I thought I played a pretty solid game. I think the whole team did. That makes it a lot easier when everybody is on the same page.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Peachland residents march for better forest management

The Peachland march was one of many like it across B.C.

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

Interior Health continues to tackle COVID-19

IH president Susan Brown says don’t become complacent about pandemic

Okanagan Rail Trail northern section closure begins next week

This work is a part of the RDNO’s long-term planning and maintenance to ensure the trail remains safe

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

‘This is a very difficult sentencing’; Judge delays Okanagan manslaughter trial to next week

The courts heard Friday that Bourque “did not intend to cause harm” but that her actions were “reckless”

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Most Read