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Baertsci stars in Flames victory

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 1:25 AM

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

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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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