Scary sense of deja vu

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

CAMROSE -- It was eerie similar for Geoff Paukovich.

Three years ago the Edmonton Oilers prospect hit an opponent from behind during an NCAA playoff game breaking his neck.

Last night he drilled Flames prospect Kyle Greentree from behind sending him off on a stretcher.

"Things happen pretty fast, I was just trying to be physical down low which is what I have to do to be successful," Paukovich said. "I have to make guys not want to play in their defensive zone.

"All I can say is I hope he's OK and he can come back and have a good camp with Calgary. There was no intent, I don't play the game trying to hurt people. I was just trying to play physical and it was just something that happened."

Paukovich, 22, received a five-minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct as the Oilers rookies lost 1-0 to the Flames rookies last night at the Encana Arena in Camrose.

Greentree managed to eventually get up, but was placed on a gurney and taken to the hospital. There was no report on his status after the game.

"With Geoff, I thought he was pretty tight on him and when he made the turn, I thought he just finished him off," said coach Jeff Truitt, who was in charge of the Oilers last night. "I don't think it was anything vicious. He wasn't in a wide area off the boards or anything like that to make it a bad-looking hit.

"It was unfortunate and we hope (Greentree) is OK."

Three years ago while at the University of Denver, Paukovich drilled University of North Dakota defenceman Rob Bina from behind. He received a one-game suspension from the league and his coach tacked on another.

Bina missed the entire following season.

Ironically, Bina is also attending the Oilers rookie camp having signed a one-year minor league contract.

"That was three years ago, that was a different situation, a different set of circumstances and a different place," Paukovich said. "I know Rob and I have both put it behind us."


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