Postgame: Good Finish

The Calgary Flames finished off the 2011 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.  Sven Baertschi paced the team with a pair of goals, as his line with Max Reinhart and Patrick Holland was dominant for another night.  Joni Ortio earned the win in net as the Flames prospects return home to Calgary for the start of main camp on Saturday.

What Happened

The first period was all Calgary as Baertschi and tryout player Dustin Sylvester each scored before Edmonton made things close with a goal in the middle frame.  The third period was a little more wide open, but it was Lance Bouma’s first of the tournament that ended up as the winner; it came off an Oilers giveaway, and Bouma did what he does best: crash the net.

First Period

1. Calgary. Sven Baertschi (Patrick Holland, Max Reinhart) 7:34 (pp)
2. Calgary. Dustin Sylvester (Greg Nemisz) 14:21

Second Period

3. Edmonton. Tyler Pitlick (Curtis Hamilton, Antti Tyrvainen) 8:23

Third Period

4. Calgary. Sven Baertschi 2 (James Martin) 6:06 (pp)
5. Edmonton. Anton Lander (Tobias Rieder) 10:20
6. Calgary. Lance Bouma (Roman Horak) 10:44
7. Edmonton. Martin Marincin 11:39

Baertschi is dangerous, there’s no question about that.  He’s got great breakaway speed, he’s dangerous around the net, and he knows where to put himself.  Playing with two smart players like Reinhart and Holland, and there’s going to be things created.  What I liked about that line especially was how many defensive starts they had, and how many of those same shifts ended in offensive zone whistles.  If they tracked Corsi, their’s would have been astronomically high tonight.

Strongest game of the tournament for Joni Ortio, as he made 21 saves en route to his first victory of the tournament.  He was confident and was much more keen in challenging shooters, which is something he wasn’t doing earlier.  Ortio made a couple nice blocker stops, a nice glove save and a huge pad save in the dying seconds to preserve the win.

Still a couple rough performances, as no one stood out all that much positively on the blueline.  T.J. Brodie didn’t have a bad tournament, but he certainly didn’t have the standout performance he had a year before while John Negrin really fought the puck on Wednesday night.  I really liked James Martin, one of Calgary’s tryout players, and I think he at the very least warrants a look from another team.

One Good Reason…

…why the Flames won?  They were better than the Edmonton Oilers.  Let’s face it, the Flames prospects should have won this game and they did.  Calgary dressed their ‘A’ group of players, while Edmonton was without a couple of notable blueliners along with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins up front.  Calgary was better for the majority of this game, and that’s why they come away with the victory.

Red Warrior

It’s gotta be Sven.  He was very good, and in three games, all three members of that line have earned this prestigous honor.  Baertschi’s first goal was impressive, as his initial rocket of a one-timer was stopped very nicely by starting goaltender Adam Brown; but instead of peeling away, he stuck with it and scored on his backhand rebound shot.  The second goal was great net front prescence, as Baertschi tipped in a Martin point shot. Good stuff all round.

Sum It Up

A fairly informative tournament all in all for the Flames, as the team needs to evaluate a few things heading into the start of main camp.  Will guys like Reinhart, Holland, and Baertschi end up getting a chance to show their stuff at camp?  Or will they go back to start the season in the Western Hockey League?  Ortio showed a good ability to catch onto things quickly, but there’s no doubting he has work to do this season adjusting to the North American game.  And will anyone from this tournament impress Flames brass enough in main camp to maybe warrant some extra sticking time; my guess would be no at this point, but who knows?  And that’s the fun of this particular camp starting on Saturday.

  • Vintage Flame

    Good stuff from Pentincton Pat. Solid on the play-by-play too!

    I can’t see Sven, Max and Holland making the team this year, but I gotta think they at least earned the right to come to camp and see how they do in a more up tempo paced game.

    All three of these guys can dominate back in the WHL, Seeing what the end goal is really like, might really help their development with their respective teams.

    • I agree, they should atleast get invtied to the main camp. I like the chemistry between Reinhart Holland and Sven.

      Nobody on defense stood out to me, Brodie looked pretty good with Martin on the point for powerplay.

      I sort of like this Sylvester guy as well, he has okay speed with a pretty nice shot.

  • ForeverRed

    Hey Pat, curious what you thought of Carter Bancks out there? Watched him play his junior in Lethbridge and I always thought he was one of those players that gave it 110% every game so I am curious how he did in Penticton.

  • Isn’t it fairly normal for all or most players from rookie camp to be invited to main camp (aside from free agent invites that did not impress)? I’d have to think any of the legitimate prospects would stick around for main camp, no?

    • Vintage Flame

      I think we’ll see most of them there. Probably all of the drafted ones anyways. The invitees might have a tougher go, if they didn’t impress at rookie camp.

  • Vintage Flame

    Wait, wait, hold on! How the heck do you spell that Sven guys’ last name? IF this guys sticks we need to stick with a spelling, pronunciation and find him a cool nick name. Sven is just, . . . well you know (maybe Anglicize it and call him Steve). This was a good game. of course just a practice game vs the Oils back ups. But good to get some confidence. We’ll see what happens in the big camp. Reinhart and Holland impressed me to get an invite to the big camp.

  • Emir

    I’m in the camp that I was impressed more by the forwards vs the defense. The defense actually underwhelmed me, I thought I would see something better. What I saw were guys who probably need at least a season or two in the AHL before coming up to the NHL.

    Just a reminder to everybody who wants to see the prospects live, tommorrow night is the U of C vs flames prospects game! I just got my tickets, $12 each. So i’m pretty excited to see the flames team out there and get a chance to really observe the prospects at a closer level.

  • icedawg_42

    Its too bad those 3 are too young to play for the Heat, 1 year playing on a line together in Abby would serve them well, and be a helluva lot of fun to watch. The doors are going to swing WIDE open next season when all those Flames contracts expire!! In any case, there’s nothing wrong spending a season in all the key situations on ice and dominating in the ‘dub. I’ll enjoy my Hitmen tix that much more when they are visiting.