Calgary Flames Post-Game: The visitors earn a split squad split in a Seattle shootout

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Ryan Pike
9 months ago
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The Calgary Flames finished off their split squad set in Seattle on Monday evening for a date with the Seattle Kraken. In a pretty one-sided game that seemed to be primarily defined by rock-solid goaltending, the Flames grinded out a 3-2 shootout victory to earn a series split with Seattle..

The rundown

The game in Seattle wasn’t broadcast in Canada, but here’s how things unfolded.
Kraken forward Tucker Robertson scored 2:40 into the first period to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. (The goal was on Seattle’s third shot of the game.)
The Flames tied things up on their first shot of the game, as Dryden Hunt beat Philipp Grubauer via a slap shot to tie the game at 1-1. Lucas Ciona, who captained the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds to a WHL championship last season, got the primary assist. Blueliner Ilya Solovyov got the secondary assist.
The Flames took the lead midway through the first period, as Solovyov scored off a wrist shot, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Seattle answered back in the second period on a power play. Midway through a Parker Bell minor penalty for holding, Matty Beniers beat Dan Vladar with a backhander to even things up at 2-2.
The Flames held on through overtime and won in a shootout, with Yegor Sharangovich and Dillon Dube both scoring and Vladar stopping attempts by Jordan Eberle and Jared McCann to cement a 3-2 victory.

Why the Flames won

Well, the Flames were out-shot in all four periods of this game, with the final tally being 37-21 for Seattle. If you include missed shots and blocked shots, the shot attempt total skews to 69-20 for the Kraken.
But Vladar was really good when they needed him to be, and that was enough for them to grind out a shootout win.
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Red Warrior

Let’s go with Vladar, obviously. But raise your hand if you expected Ilya Solovyov to have two points.

Turning point

Let’s go with the shootout itself, we guess? The Flames had the chance to steal a win… and did so.

This and that

Here’s how the Flames lined up:
Sharangovich – Ruzicka – Coronato
Honzek – Dube – Pospisil
Hunt – Rooney – Ciona
Zary – Sutter – Bell
Poolman – Gourley
Solovyov – Lyle
Aspirot – Diotte
Dan Vladar started in net, backed up by AHLer Connor Murphy, and went the distance.
Yegor Sharangovich, Kevin Rooney and Dillon Dube served as alternate captains.
Combined penalty minutes in the Calgary split squad game: 69. Combined penalty minutes in Seattle: 12.

Up next

The Flames are back in action on Wednesday night when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

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