Young Flames Hold On to Beat Jets 3-1

It wasn’t pretty at times, particularly in a fairly one-sided second period, but the Calgary Flames kicked off the 2015 Young Stars Classic tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets prospects at the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton earlier tonight.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames carried the play for the majority of the first period. Bryce van Brabant opened the scoring about five minutes into the first period, with Tyson Baillie garnering an assist. The lead was doubled soon after when Ryan Lomberg walked in from the side boards and beat Connor Hellebuyck to make it 2-0, with an assist to Andrew Mangiapane. Brendan Lemieux scored late in the period off a Ryan Culkin turnover to make it 2-1.

And that was all the scoring we got on this tonight, aside from a Morgan Klimchuk empty netter late in the game. The second period was much more skewed towards the Jets, as Oliver Kylington left the game as a precaution after an unspecified minor injury – he’s fine, we’re told – and the Flames rolled with five defenders for the balance of the game. (Patrick Sieloff blocked a shot and went down awkwardly early in the second, but he toughed it out and stayed in the game.)

The third was a bit more even and featured a bit more chances for the Flames, but aside from allowing a few too many odd-man rushes for my liking – including one where Jon Gillies made a sick sprawling toe save – the Flames played a smart, structured game and came away with a 3-1 win. The boys from Calgary out-shot the Jets 36-26 overall.

RED WARRIOR

Let’s go with Jon Gillies, who made 25 saves for the victory. But plenty of players were good. Mangiapane was strong, especially working along the boards and protecting the puck against bigger players. Brett Kulak was good and showed off his mobility. I thought Sam Bennett was good in flashes and led the game with 5 credited shots. Rasmus Andersson played a ton and was pretty strong, as well.

On the flip side, I barely noticed Keegan Kanzig, and when I did, it was because he was caught out of position or had to rush back after getting beaten by a rushing Jets player. Calgary’s power-play also wasn’t all that good, generating zero goals on four chances – including a lengthy five-on-three situation in the first period.

UP NEXT

The Flames get back at it tomorrow, as they play the Edmonton Oilers. No word yet if Connor McDavid will play. Either way, Flames/Oilers tilts are always fun affairs. Puck drop is about 8:30pm MT and you can catch the action on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and on the Flames website.

  • Train#97

    Wow! oiler trollers getting super excited about exhibition hockey? What? Not even NHL exhibition hockey? Just a rookie game?

    Can’t wait until the day the oilers are eliminated from the playoffs again – maybe December 1st instead of November 1st!

    • Train#97

      If you had Connor McDavid in your favourite teams organization I think you would maybe want to watch him too, no? The whole world is excited to see this kid play. I get that the flames are the oilers rivals, but you should want to see generational talent. If the flames had McDavid I would want to see the kid play, too. Cheers, best of luck to you guys this season.

      • RedMan

        PLEASE MODS –

        These two (jake/train) are continually hijack the thread (INTENTIONALLY) to talk about oilers, making mockery of this place.

        You laid down the fair request, now let’s please follow up and just eliminate these guys.

        When 25%-50% of the thread is either these guys trying to stir things up, change the subject to mcdavid, or others responding to them – it is time to just move them on.

        Let’s just get this over with.

        Set the precedent now, please! if the trolls are going to try and destroy a thread by taking it over, they are gone.

        A little trash talking, fine, discussing hockey, fine, legitimate comparisons, but these guys are making a joke of the place and destroying the comment section. there really is no use having comments of they are 50% troll bait or responses to trolls.

        JUST KILL THE SENIOR TROLLS, and the rest will be respectful. 🙂

        • BurningSensation

          We are just talking hockey, Jeff. I was trying to have an intelligent conversation with WW and that didn’t happen. You stay off ON and I’ll stay off FN from now on. Deal?

          • beloch

            Jakester and Train97 and all other oiler fans who come to Flames Nation(and to all Flames Nations writers who go to ON to stir the pot— you know who you are).
            As a Flames fan I often go to ON to read the articles and see what their loyal fans are saying but I seldom respond. Why? Because it’s their sight and as far as I’m concerned they can say whatever they like. But if I did say something dumb there, I would expect and suspect my comments to be trashed and attacked. I seldom expect anyone on ON to talk about the Flames in a glowing way or even with respect but that is why it’s their site. So if any of the FN goes there feel free to bash them on ON but don’t keep playing this childish game of he said/she said. If you want to talk hockey fine but keep your propaganda and childish bias away (goes both ways).

            There is a place for you people to go at it on a weekly basis and it’s called the round up. Meanwhile let the rest of us enjoy our teams and our hockey.

          • Train#97

            Train97 is the kid that never got enough attention growing up that is just dying to spout off at every opportunity as in adulthood it somehow validates the attention he never got as a child.

            Don’t feed the trolls or even respond, its what they want. This would be a lot easier if the mods actually enforced their own policies that they expect of readers/commenters and did not allow this to occur.

  • Train#97

    @ Jakester & Train?9who

    Could you guys go back to ON and send some intelligent people here. I know there are at least a couple of those on ON. The pair of you act like trailer trash, which if you come from deadmonton is par for the course. Send someone how can further real discussion, I’m tired of this message board drivel. If you want to trash the Flames fine but the pair of you just go on and on about nothing. You can say well WW started it but seriously thats elementary school suff.

    Sorry if this felt personal, it’s not, just jabbing while trying to get you guys to provide more intelligent offerings.

    • Train#97

      Ok so I just read what I wrote. Although I don’t regret it (I’m funnier in my own head), I would say that was not the way to encourage someone to grow up and provide more intelligent discussion.

      Please proceed.

  • beloch

    FROM THE FLAMES WEBSITE:

    As for Oilers, here are their projected lines and pairings:

    Slepyshev – Draisaitl – Chase

    Rankin – Platzer – Sanford

    Soy – Linaker – Winquist

    Christoffer – Roy – Bukarts

    Nurse – LaLeggia

    Betker – Davis

    Waltz – Jones

    Jordan Papirny is expected to get the call in net for Edmonton.

    MCDavid scfratched because Hunter Smith and Keegan Kanzig are dressed for the Flames!!!