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Canucks fall to Jets

by Tyson Giuriato / Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks erased a 4-1 third period deficit to force overtime, but for the second consecutive game they couldn’t complete the comeback, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC.

Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice, while Brendan Gaunce and Curtis Valk tallied singles as the Canucks outshot the Jets 39-29 on the night.

“I was real happy with our game tonight,” said head coach Travis Green. “I liked our effort, it was an entertaining game and I felt our group as a whole played a lot better tonight.”

After the teams traded goals in the first period, the Jets were able to score three times on six shots in the middle stanza to take a three-goal lead into third period.

“We went into the locker room after the second period and talked about how the game was going,” said Green. “I didn’t think it was a 4-1 hockey game. We had a couple breakdowns and I think they knew as a group that good things would happen as the game went on. They didn’t quit.”

Jackson Whistle turned aside 24 shots in goal for the Canucks, who were without Dane Fox for the majority of the game after the winger was ejected for a second period scrap with Winnipeg’s J.C. Lipon.

The Canucks close out the tournament with a showdown against the Calgary Flames on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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