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Zach attack won't let up

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Zach Stortini has no idea why he was thrown out of the game last Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Not one to back off in a melee, Stortini was actually just an observer when assessed a two-minute roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct midway through the third period.

"Somehow in that whole skirmish, I was the only guy that got thrown out," Stortini said.

"I think I just get a little extra attention from officials once in a while, but I'm not too sure what the call was on that play."

It didn't take Stortini long to make an impression in his first game with the Oilers this season. The six-foot-four, 220-pound winger dropped the mitts with Canucks forward Jeff Cowan five seconds into Saturday's contest.

The Elliot Lake, Ont., native had been called up the night before following a two-point evening with the Springfield Falcons. In four games with the Falcons prior to his callup, Stortini had three goals, two assists and 21 penalty minutes.

"To stay here, I'm going to have to contribute consistently each and every game," he said. "I have to be a physical presence, bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and do everything I can to help our team."

Stortini is well aware of his role with the Oilers. It's one his coach in Springfield - Kelly Buchberger - made a career of. So far Buchberger has been instrumental in Stortini's development in the minors.

"Kelly's been great to me, he's worked with me quite a bit," Stortini said.

"He's a great guy to learn from. I got the opportunity to spend some time with him off the ice this summer. Training with him there and now down in Springfield, I've learned a lot from him. It's truly an honour to be able to play for him."


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