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Ducks Defeat Canucks 4-2 in Young Stars Finale

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Kristi Patton

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"Ducks forward Brian Lebler dropped the gloves with Canucks defenceman Taylor Ellington in the 4-2 Anaheim win at the Young Stars tournament." (Photo courtest of Kristi Patton)
PENTICTON, B.C - The Ducks offense came together in their final game at the Young Stars tournament with the power play chipping in two goals en route to a 4-2 victory over Vancouver.

In a feisty contest, the Ducks and Canucks dropped the gloves four times against each other before the drop of the puck in the second period. Included in that fight card was Brian Lebler, who put up two assists on the evening and exchanged blows with Vancouver's Taylor Ellington.

"I thought Lebler player really well," said Mark Holick, head coach of the Ducks rookies and the Syracuse Crunch. "He was moving his feet, using his body, finishing checks and good on the power play. "

Short passes around the net on the power play by Jake Newton and Peter Holland ended up with Rob Bordson being fed in front of the net where he smacked the puck past Canucks goaltender Michael Houser to earn the 1-0 lead with 12:48 remaining in the second frame.

The power play unit connected again with seconds remaining in the second. Putting plenty of rubber on the netminder, a puck squirted loose to the blue line and Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler blasted a shot that made its way through the crowd and into the net to put the club ahead 2-0.

"I tried to play the best I could," Fowler said. "I'm going up against older guys here, so it was a huge challenge for me.  Hopefully I get an invite to main camp. If not, I will head back to Windsor."

The Canucks kicked it up in the third period, scoring two unanswered goals to even the game at 2-2. Using their bodies to steal pucks and moving a little quicker than their opponent, the Ducks took control in the offensive zone. Maxime Macenauer cruised behind the Canucks net dangling the puck around a defender and tucked the puck for the game-winning goal. Kyle Palmieri solidified the Ducks' 4-2 win with an empty-net goal.
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