"I thought this was a great conclusion - I looked at it as the Penticton tournament. This was an extension of it," said Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward after the win. "We were real happy with our effort tonight in all three zones ... I thought we prepared really well and I thought the guys played a very good game."
Prior to the game, Flames general manager Jay Feaster and Flames Foundation For Life executive director Natasha Guillot presented Dinos hockey captains Brock Nixon and Tanya Morgan with a cheque for $20,000. The annual donation is made to the university's hockey clubs to help alleviate the cost of travel and equipment.
The Flames went with Joni Ortio
in net after playing him in all three games at the Young Stars tournament this past week. The Finnish goaltender has steadily progressed since Sunday's opening game against the Sharks and capped off prospects camp with his first shutout in a Flames jersey.
Ortio's best stop of the night came in the second period while the Flames were on the penalty kill. Taylor Rovatti took advantage of a sloppy Flames line change and went steaming in on a partial breakaway. Ortio stayed with him the whole way, making a pad save and then kicking out his leg once more to stop the close-range rebound shot.
The first period was a scoreless affair with both teams playing a highly physical game. Neither squad was willing to give an inch of ice, opting to play the body as much as possible. Dinos netminder Dustin Butler came through for his team, stopping nine shots by the Flames. Ortio wasn't nearly as busy until the dying minutes of the first stanza when the Dinos were able to send several close range shots on net.Sven Baertschi
notched his third goal in two games when he opened the scoring in the second period. The winger took a quick pass from Patrick Holland just outside off the faceoff circle and beat Butler five hole.
Shortly after, Reid Jackson made it 2-0 while the Flames were on the power play. The defenceman took a quick shot through a crowd and beat Butler short side. Baertschi notched his second point of the game with an assist on the goal.
The tally marked the end of Butler's night as the Dinos put Kris Lazaruk in net. The Edmonton native was immediately forced to make a huge stop when Michael Ferland
came at him on a breakaway. He stopped the Flames winger's initial wrist shot and then made an excellent blocker save on the rebound.
Calgary's third goal came late in the middle frame when Lance Bouma
was able to knock in Gaelan Patterson
Just 2:25 into the third period, the Flames struck again. Blake Gal scored Calgary's fourth goal of the evening with the assists going to Ferland and Mitch Wahl
. Ferland cut through the defence, drawing a crowd to him, leaving Gal wide open for the one-timer.