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Posted On Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 10:48 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Players of note from Penticton

After eight games in five days, the Young Stars Tournament has come to a conclusion in Penticton, B.C. The Canucks, Flames, Jets, Oilers and Sharks prospects have returned home to resume their training camps, but the scouts and coaches will continue to buzz over the performances of the prospects for quite some time. Here are some of the names that were catalysts of conversation in Penticton. Not a list of the best players, but rather a list of those who impressed as compared to their expectations.

FLAMES

Maxwell Reinhart, C -- Offensively involved and responsible at both ends of the rink, Reinhart showed he's got a bright future as a pro.

Patrick Holland, RW -- A 2010 seventh-round pick, Holland has been productive and responsible.

Sven Baertschi, LW -- Electric is the word Flames coaches have been using to describe the slick Swiss forward who starred last season with Portland of the Western Hockey League. He was especially dangerous with time and space, and on the power play.

OILERS

Tyler Bunz, G -- The netminder is determined to get off to a great start this season and earn a spot on Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship. He had an impressive shutout of the Jets during the tournament.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C -- The first pick of the 2011 Entry Draft has produced points, but also has gotten involved physically -- an encouraging sign for Oilers fans hoping he can make the jump to the NHL this season.

Anton Lander, C -- The Swedish-born center led the Oilers with 3 goals in the tournament. He's yet another skilled forward in the Oilers' cupboard.

SHARKS

Thomas Heemskerk, G -- Heemskerk stood on his head in the Sharks' first game of the tournament, and didn't cool much after that. It was an impressive week of puck stopping.

Brodie Reid, RW -- Reid has scored everywhere he has played and didn't let San Jose down in Penticton, where he had played a season of hockey with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. It was a sweet homecoming for the 22-year-old forward.

Benjamin Thomson, LW -- Hits? Check. Fight? Check. Goal? Check. He's been a physical player for the Sharks this week.

CANUCKS

Karel St. Laurent, G -- A 20-year-old QMJHL cast-off this time last season, St. Laurent was solid in net in all three appearances he made.

Nathan Longpre, C -- He posted sparkling numbers with Robert Morris University last season (42 points in 33 games), and nearly single-handedly sparked a comeback with 2 goals and an assist against Calgary.

Nicklas Jensen, LW -- Another 2011 first-round pick who didn't disappoint; Jensen showed skill, strength and offensive prowess.

JETS

Jason Gregoire, LW -- North Dakota alum and Winnipeg native has designs of making the big team this fall. He's not huge (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) but seemed comfortable in traffic. Created lots of opportunities in each game played. Nice hands.

Mark Scheifele, C --
The seventh pick of the 2011 Entry Draft looks legit. He's big (6-2, 184), skilled and has some eye-popping moves around the net. He scored with regularity during the tournament.

Edward Pasquale, G -- In 90 minutes of ice time, he didn't allow a goal. Not too shabby for a player who turns 21 in November and already has a season of professional hockey experience.
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Posted On Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 6:57 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Jets shut out Canucks

Edward Pasquale and Christopher Carrozzi split time in the Winnipeg Jets' net today, combining to backstop a 2-0 shutout of Vancouver Canucks prospects, the Jets' second shutout in three games here in Penticton, B.C., for the Young Stars Tournament.

The Jets' tandem was especially good this week, as Winnipeg allowed only two goals in three games, by far the fewest goals allowed among the five teams at the event. Pasquale finished the tournament without allowing a goal in 90 minutes of ice time.

Mark Scheifele and Jason Gregoire continued to supply the Jets with offense as they did in their tournament-opening win against San Jose. Scheifele, the Jets' 2011 first-round selection, scored in the third period on a shot that beat Karel St. Laurent under the arm, and he showed a lethal touch around the net. Gregoire, born and raised in Winnipeg, set up the game's other goal, by Shayne Wiebe, to add to his assist total.

Wiebe, Gregoire and Scheifele operated as the Jets' top line today, and were the only line for either side that could muster much in the way of offensive chances. The tournament finale also happened to be the only fight-free match of the eight-game event.

The Jets and Oilers each finished the tournament with 2-1 records, as did the host Canucks, while the Flames and Sharks each went 1-2.

Canucks forward Bill Sweatt sustained a minor injury in Monday's game against Calgary and didn't play today. He will be ready, however, when the Canucks open training camp.
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Posted On Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 4:23 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Positive review for Young Stars event

Canucks VP of hockey operations and assistant GM Laurence Gilman had nothing but positive things to say about the 2011 Young Stars tournament.

"This is a first-class facility in an unbelievable hockey setting." Gilman said Thursday. "From a production standpoint you couldn't have asked for a better event. From our perspective any time you can get your top prospects into game situations against their peers you have far better ability to evaluate their skill set in a real time setting. It's also an excellent vehicle for us to analyze our prospect pool against some teams that we compete with on a regular basis."

When asked about the prospects of a third annual Young Stars in 2012, Gilman noted that there are quite a few parties involved in making the event happen, but that all feedback has been positive.

"We partner in this event with the other teams that are here; we've talked to a couple of them about the event, and they seem very willing to come back and do this again.

"Once our camps finish, and our season gets started we'll convene the teams and talk about doing it again, and sit down with the people from Penticton and see if they're interested in doing it again. From our perspective it's a great event and I don't see any reason why we wouldn't want to continue come back here."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 5:42 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Canucks and Jets to close out Young Stars Tourney

Three teams are gone, two are set hop chartered flights from the Okanagan tomorrow after the final game of the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, which begins Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PST.

The final game should be an intriguing one as the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks do battle at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Canucks have reeled off two straight wins since getting blown out in the opener, while the Jets have had a 'feast or famine' week – shutting out the Sharks before being blanked by the Oilers.

The game is the eighth of the event and fourth featuring the Canucks, while the Jets, who arrived a day later than the other four teams have played just twice in Penticton. The Oilers, Flames and Sharks all concluded play on Wednesday.
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Posted On Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 1:25 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Baertsci stars in Flames victory

Let the buzz about Sven Baertschi begin. The No. 13 pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft capped an impressive Young Stars tournament with a dynamic two-goal game in the Flames 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Swiss sensation scored the game's first goal on the power play, then tipped in a point shot in the third period, while stationed at the side of the Oilers net, to put the Flames up by two.

The Flames also got goals from Dustin Sylvester, who hails from nearby Kelowna, and Lance Bouma, who played 16 games with the Flames last season and aims to crack the Calgary roster this season.

The Oilers got goals from 20-year-old center Tyler Pitlick, Finish forward Anton Lander – who led the team in scoring during the tournament – and Martin Maracin, a 6-foot-5 Slovakian defender.

Joni Ortio made his third straight start, and turned in his second strong effort, stopping 20 of 23 shots. Adam Brown took the loss – allowing 4 goals on 29 shots.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was not in the line-up for the first-time at the Young Stars, but did finish the event with an assist in each contest in which he played.

The Flames win was their first of the tournament; conversely the loss was the Oilers first.

The 2011 Young Stars tournament will wrap-up Thursday at 11:00 a.m. PST when the host Canucks face off agianst the Winnipeg Jets.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 10:25 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Canucks overcome three deficits, edge Sharks

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Despite trailing three times, the Vancouver Canucks settled down in third period and beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 in Wednesday’s first game at the Young Stars tournament.

Ben Thomson of the Sharks opened the scoring early in the first, but Steven Janes leveled the game for the Canucks midway through the frame.

Sharks center Nathan Moon busy in the scored period as he netted a pair of goals and took a penalty. The first Moon tally was a one-time finish to a lovely passing play, while the second goal was a sharp-angle shot that Vancouver goaltender David Honzik misplayed.

Down 3-2, the Canucks responded to Moon’s second goal by netting three unanswered goals, and were helped by much more solid puck stopping from goaltender David Honzik in the second half of the match.

Northeastern alumni Brodie Reid, who was signed this spring after his freshman season, continued his strong showing at the tournament by creating offensive chances with regularity. Ditto for Kellen Tochkin, who recorded two assists and has played with energy in Penticton all week.

Alex Freisen and Michael Sgarbossa had a spirited fight as time expired over an exchange at the Vancouver goal mouth.

The Sharks finished the tournament with a record of (1-2-0). The Canucks (2-1-0) play tomorrow morning in the tournament finale.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 9:35 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

City of Penticton, teams talking about 2012

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Year two of the Young Stars tournament in Penticton has been drawing positive reviews from the city’s organizing committee, fans, media members, and the five NHL clubs in attendance.

The five-day event in the Okanagan has gone off without a hitch, and while attendance has dropped from last year’s inaugural edition, numbers aren’t at a level that will scare off the member parties from working toward a third annual event at the state of the art South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton.

The popular vacation destination located between Okanagan and Skaha Lake seem to be the perfect fit for the event. Penticton’s September weather, the accessibility and functionality of the venue, and relative proximity to the four Western Canadian entrants have made the event and the city a great fit.

City Councillor Andrew Jakubeit spoke to the revenue the event brings to the local economy, and the notoriety the city receives as positive of the event. Jakubeit was quick to point out the large swarms of fans from Edmonton and Vancouver (among the smaller herds Jets and Flames faithful) that have traveled to the city to take in the hockey and the regional tourist attractions.

Jakubeit is hopeful the host Canucks and the city can have a framework for a potential 2012 event in place prior to the chaos of the NHL home-stretch and postseason, to allow for a head start on marketing and ticket sales.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 12:01 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Flames, Oilers set to meet in Battle of Alberta

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Bragging rights in Alberta are on the line tonight (7:30 p.m. PST) at the Young Stars tournament as the Flames and Oilers meet.

Ah, the battle of Alberta (Prospect Edition 1.0) – one of hockey’s great rivalries. There will be elbows thrown, there will be taunting, there will be scraps, and there will also be a game for these two unruly fan bases to watch as well. While that may be a slight exaggeration of the scale of the hatred between the two hockey tribes, it isn’t that far off.

True, it seems the Oilers and Flames rivalry was a touch hotter in the late-80s when the teams seemed to perennially meet in the Smyth Division playoffs. But the Oilers have finished dead last in the NHL the last two seasons, and the Flames have missed the playoffs while spending close to the cap over the same stretch, making it tough for fans to get the bile churning when, frankly, the stakes just haven’t been as high.

This will be the final game of the tournament for both sides. The Oilers have looked sharp in Penticton – two wins in two games – while the Flames are winless after watching a lead disappear with just 15 seconds remaining, then losing moments into overtime on Monday when they faced the Canucks.

In the afternoon affair, the Sharks and Canucks battle at 4 p.m. PST.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 11:58 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Battle of Alberta Headlines Day 4

Bragging rights in Alberta are on the line today at the Young Stars Tournament as the Flames and Oilers meet in Penticton, B.C.

The Battle of Alberta (Prospect Edition) remains one of hockey's great rivalries. The rivalry between the Oilers and Flames was a touch hotter in the late 1980s, when the teams seemed to meet annually in the Smythe Division playoffs. The Oilers have finished 30th in the League the last two seasons, while the Flames also have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons. It can be tough for the fans to get totally into it when, frankly, the stakes just haven't been as high.

This will be the final game of the tournament for both sides. The Oilers have looked sharp here with wins in both their games, while the Flames are winless after watching the Canucks tie Monday's game with 15 seconds left in regulation than score in overtime.

In the second game today, the Sharks will face the Canucks.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 1:36 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Oilers blank Jets, 2-0

Ryan Nugent Hopkins was the story early, but 19-year-old goalie Tyler Bunz ended up stealing the show as he and the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Winnipeg Jets 2-0 on Tuesday night.

The Oilers are now 2-0-0 in the Penticton Young Stars tournament.

Bunz was sturdy all night but seemed to get better and better as the game  progressed. In the second period he made a tricky save after a puck hit the iron, then in the final two minutes he made two gigantic saves to preserve the win. He reacted to the final buzzer and his shut-out performance with a double fist pump before being mobbed by teammates.

Both goals in the game came from the Oilers in the first period. First, Chase Schaber scored less than three minutes in, then Nugent-Hopkins and Kristians Pelss set up defender Ryan Lowery, who got a puck through traffic and behind Jets goalie Chris Carrozzi.

Nugent-Hopkins’s assist on the  power-play goal gave him his second point in as many games, but it was his physicality that had fans, scouts and media buzzing, as he used his body effectively early on in the game, doling out multiple hits.

For the Jets, Eric O’Dell had a stellar chance to beat Bunz in the second frame, but hit the post, and Bunz kept it out of the cage off the firm carom. Then in the final frame, Carl Klingberg took a great pass, cut across Bunz’s crease, but missed a tap-in on a yawning cage.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 5:09 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

One game in The Okanagan today

The schedule shows a light day at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C., but the lone match features two undefeated sides.

The Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets will meet tonight at 7:30 PST for their respective second matches of the tournament, while the host Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, and San Jose Sharks have all played two games to this point and will enjoy a day without a game.

Eyes will be trailing two of hockey's most prized 18-year-olds tonight, as first-round picks Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Scheifele will go head-to-head. Each 2011 draftee produced in their opening game of the tournament -- top-pick Nugent-Hopkins had an assist Sunday in Edmonton's 7-2 win, while seventh pick Scheifele scored what has to be a candidate for goal of the tournament, and added an assist in the Jets 4-0 win Monday night.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 1:04 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Jets look good in second-straight win

The Winnipeg Jets looked awfully sharp in their first game of the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton. No, they weren't wearing their brand new jerseys (they wore spiffy practice jerseys instead), but they did win, and did so by a decisive 4-0 margin.

Levko Koper scored a pair of goals to help lead the Jets to their first win in more than a decade, and he got some help from a couple of promising young forwards, too.

University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux alumni Jason Gregoire, who hails from Winnipeg, looked very good playing on a line with 2011 first-round pick Mark Scheifele; each scored a goal in the win and had a flock of Jets fans dancing in their seats for most of the evening.

Speeking of Jets fans, they did arrive in solid numbers in the Okanagan today and we're as keen as could be to see Winnipeg's NHL hockey players of the future. Loud cheers followed all the Jets goals Monday, including Koper's empty-net goal. Granted, It's been awhile between NHL goals for the city!

Edward Pasquale earned the shutout for the Jets as he set aside all 27 shots he faced, while Tomas Heemskerk was finally beaten in the San Jose nets after posting a perfect half game Sunday against Calgary.

The Jets return to action Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. PST when they face the Edmonton Oilers, while the Sharks have just a single game remaining against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. PST.
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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 10:52 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Canucks rally for win

Down 3-2 with less than a minute remaining, it appeared the Vancouver Canucks' prospects were set to drop their second consecutive match at the Young Stars Tournament. But Nathan Longpre wouldn't let it happen.

With just 15 seconds remaining, Longpre – in Penticton on a tryout after a productive season at Robert Morris – equalized the game on a goal mouth scramble, and then set up the winner just 16 seconds into the 4-on-4 overtime. He finished the night with two goals and an assist.

The Canucks' rally spoiled a tidy evening for Calgary Flames goalie Joni Ortio, who looked much sharper than he did in Sunday's tournament-opening loss, but got a win for Karel St. Laurent who was superb at the opposite end of the rink making 44 saves on 47 shots. The two goalies stole the show in a game that featured 87 shots.

St. Laurent couldn't stick as a 20-year-old in the QMJHL last season and headed west to Greater Vancouver, to play for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles in hopes of keeping his pro dreams alive. He's now allowed just four goals in a game and a half, and has been one of the bright Canucks stories of the event.

Patrick Holland was strong for the Flames Prospects as he had a pair of bang-in goals at the net – both assisted by Max Reinhart. Both Holland and Reinhart are 1992-born players and are safe bets to be returned to their WHL teams this season.

Sven Baertschi has only played two games in Flames silks, but he seems to create scoring opportunities at will. He was on the ice for the two Holland goals and showed a gritty element to his game in post-whistle scrums. The future is bright for the18-year-old Swiss talent who played in Portland last season.

Monday afternoon's showdown was the first close game of the tournament and left fans grinning from ear-to-ear.

The Canucks play again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PST against the Sharks, while the Flames will play their final game of the tournament on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. PST against their provincial rivals from Edmonton.
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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 10:45 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Late rally gives Canucks first win

Down a goal with less than a minute remaining, it appeared the Vancouver Canucks prospects were set to drop their second consecutive match at the Young Stars Tournament, but Nathan Longpre wouldn’t let it happen.

With just fifteen seconds remaining, Longpre -- in Penticton on a tryout after a productive season at Robert Morris University -- equalized the game on a goal-mouth scramble, and then set up the winner just 16 seconds into the four-on-four overtime as the Canucks down Calgary, 4-3.

Longpre finished the night with two goals and an assist.

The rally spoiled a tidy evening for Flames goalie Joni Ortio, who looked much sharper than he did in Sunday’s tournament-opening loss. But, it provided a win to Vancouver goalie Karel St. Laurent, who was superb at the opposite end of the rink making 44 saves on 47 shots. The two goalies stole the show in a game that featured 87 shots.

St. Laurent couldn’t stick as a 20-year-old in the QMJHL last season and headed west to Greater Vancouver, to play for the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles in hopes of keeping his pro dreams alive. He’s now allowed just four goals in a game and a half, and has been one of the bright Canucks stories of the event.

Patrick Holland was strong for the Flames prospects as he had a pair of bang-in goals at the net, both assisted by Max Reinhart. Both Holland and Reinhart are 1992-born players and are safe bets to be returned to their WHL teams this season.

Sven Baertschi has only played two games in a Flames uniform, but he seems to create scoring opportunities at will. He was on the ice for the two Holland goals and showed a gritty element to his game in post-whistle scrums. The future is bright for the18-year-old Swiss talent who played in Portland last season.

Monday afternoon’s game was the first close game of the tournament and left fans grinning from ear-to-ear. Certainly more compelling than Sunday’s 6-1 and 7-2 games.

The Canucks play again Wednesday at 4 p.m. PST against the Sharks, while the Flames will play their final game of the tournament Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. PST against their provincial rivals from Edmonton.
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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 9:42 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

No Jets' jerseys just yet

There's been a lot of buzz about shapes and colors in Winnipeg over the past few months. Team names, logos, fonts, shades – these are the things to talk about in Manitoba when there's no hockey in the summer, and the return of the Jets is slated for the fall.

The Winnipeg franchise took its time announcing the team name would be restored to the Jets, and have also been patient in releasing new logos. Tonight, they'll finally be a hockey game to talk about, but alas, no official jerseys will hit the ice.

Expect more fashion expertise from hockey fans when the Jets do dawn their silks for the first time. Just don't count on it happening this week in Penticton from the Young Stars Tournament.
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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 9:00 AM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Oilers get jump on Canucks, win big

Two games, and two lopsided scores in Penticton on Sunday's Day 1 of the Young Stars Tournament.

After the Flames Prospects got beaten 6-1 in the afternoon by the San Jose Sharks, the tournament hosting Vancouver Canucks got picked apart by the Edmonton Oilers, 7-2.

Much like the earlier game at the South Okanagan Events Centre, goaltending was an issue for the losing side. The Oilers did most of their scoring early, beating Vancouver starter David Honzik six times before Karel St. Laurent spelled him between the pipes midway through the match.

St. Laurent fared much better than his predecessor allowing just a single goal in a half game appearance.

Olivier Roy lived up to his last name on this night for the Oilers, as he backstopped the Albertans to a win to start their week in Penticton.

The Oilers got a pair of tallies from Anton Lander – a 20-year-old Swede selected in the second round of the 2009 Entry Draft. Kamloops Blazers forward Colin Smith had two assists in the win as one of the youngest players on the ice.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins drew the largest cheer when he was announced as part of  the starting online-up for the game. For the second-straight year, Oilers Nation has flooded the Okanagan in big numbers (draped in orange and blue garb) to get a peek at an impressive stable of talented young kids. While outnumbered by the team of choice in BC, the Oilers fans could be heard starting chants around the rink.

The ‘Nuge’ or ‘R.N.H.’ (which ever handle you prefer for the top pick in the draft) finished the night with an assist, as did Nicklas Jensen, the Canucks top pick in June, but both were upstaged by some big-time fisticuffs midway through the game.

First Cameron Abney and Sawyer Hannay slugged it out in a lengthy fight late in the second period, and that hostility seemed to carry over to the third. In the early going then, two shorter scraps ensued with each the Oilers and Canucks benches taking a turn cheering a one-sided tussel.

In the late going Jordan Schroeder potted the second and final goal of the game for the Canucks.

Schroeder is coming off an AHL season that left more to be desired offensively, and the fans were vocal in their applause for his strike, which happened to be the only tally of a 9-goal game that occurred in the third period.
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Posted On Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 10:30 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Sharks douse Flames, 6-1

The San Jose Sharks didn’t need much time to get on the board in their tournament-opening match against the Calgary Flames on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice in the first  five minutes of the first period on their way to a 6-1 win.

Flames Finnish goalie  Joni Ortio wasn’t at his best Sunday – allowing 6  goals on 23 shots – while his counterparts for the Sharks only surrendered a single penalty-shot goal on 39 shots.

Thomas Heemskerk was spectacular in a busy first period in the Sharks zone and left with a clean sheet halfway through, while J.P. Anderson also kept the Flames at bay in the second half of the contest, stopping one of two penalty shots, and all other Flames opportunities.

The Sharks were led by Brodie Reid, Joe Antilla and Michael Sgarbossa who each had two points in the win. Reid, signed in this past  spring after freshman season with the Northeastern Huskies (Hockey East), played a season in Penticton with the Vees in 2008-09 and seemed at home in the familiar confines of the South Okanagan Events Centre as he scored once and set up another Sharks goal.

The Flames lone tally came from Roman Horak, acquired in the Tim Erixon trade, as he squeaked a backhanded deke past Anderson on a penalty shot awarded in the third period.

Sven Baertschi, the Flames first-round draft pick in 2011,  also earned  a penalty shot granted after he was taken down on a clear break, but he failed to convert the opportunity against Anderson.

The Flames owned the edge in possession and the shots in the first period, directing 16 pucks on target while allowing just 5, but the Sharks got to the intermission with a two-goal advantage and looked the better side for the final two periods.

The Flames return to action Monday afternoon against the Vancouver Canucks at 4:00 PM PST, while the Sharks return to action Monday evening at 7:30 to face the Winnipeg Jets.
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Posted On Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 4:32 PM

By Ryan Pinder -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Prospects primed for Penticton

The 2011 Young Stars Tournament hosted by the Vancouver Canucks begins Sunday from the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia.

The Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, and Winnipeg Jets have brought their prospects to the Okanagan Valley for five days of games showcasing what fans are hoping will be future NHL stars.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the marquee name at the event, just months removed from being taken with the No. 1 pick at the 2011 Entry Draft in Minnesota. For the second year in a row, the Oilers have brought the NHL's top pick to Penticton, as Taylor Hall's first pro moments were witnessed just a year ago in this same event.

Wins aren't the primary focus of the coaching staffs in attendance. The event has proven to be an effective tool in player evaluation before the veterans arrive on the scene for training camp. Playing time will be spread around, and most teams will use three different goalies over the course of the event that sees each team play three contests with the exception of the Canucks, who play four times.

The Winnipeg Jets arrive on the scene as the new kids on the block, replacing the Anaheim Ducks who were at last September's inaugural event. Four Canadian teams participating means fans from across Western Canada will be making the trek to the renowned vacation hot-spot that is Penticton. Speculation is that the Jets could showcase their jerseys for the first time on-ice. The Jets' first game is Monday evening when they face the Sharks prospects at 7:30 p.m. PST.

The South Okanagan Events Centre is the home of the Penticton Vees (BCHL, Jr. A) and seats 5,200 fans for hockey events. The Young Stars Tournament was immensely popular last season, with nearly all games played before capacity crowds. Also affixed to the 3-year-old, state-of-the-art facility is a second sheet of ice which logistically allows five teams to get morning skates and games in with ease.

The Flames and Sharks kick off the event at 4 p.m. PST Sunday, with the host Canucks and Oilers facing off at 7:30 p.m. PST.

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