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Burned in finale

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks closed out the 2014 Young Stars Classic with a 6-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday night in Penticton, BC.

Jonathon Martin scored the lone-goal of the first period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, but the Flames responded with three of their own in the middle stanza and never looked back.

“It wasn’t a very pretty game to say the least,” said head coach Travis Green. “We got what we deserved tonight. We didn’t play pretty well and they played a strong game.”

Austin Lotz made 33 saves in the loss as the Canucks were outshot 39-16 on the night. Despite allowing six goals, the 19-year-old camp invitee stood on his head for much of the game.

“I liked his game tonight and I liked his game the first game,” said Green. “I thought the two biggest surprises in camp were him and Curtis Valk.”

Valk also caught the eye of Canucks management after potting three goals in his first two games.

“I think he has had a real good camp,” said Canucks GM Jim Benning. “He has been involved in the play, he has scored, and he is a smart player. He isn’t the biggest guy but he plays in the hard areas of the ice. If there was one guy that has exceeded expectations so far I think it’s him.”

Roster cuts will be made late Monday night with those making the cut joining the Canucks veterans at main camp starting Thursday.

“We will make some cuts from this group,” said Benning. “Players that we feel have played well and deserve to come to Main Camp will get that opportunity to come to main camp.”

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