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2011 Young Stars: Flames 4, Oilers 3

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
PENTICTON, BC -- The Calgary Flames prospects have steadily progressed over the 2011 Young Stars tournament and on Wednesday night, that development paid off as they capped off their time in Penticton with a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Sven Baertschi led the Flames offensively, scoring two goals in the victory.

"I felt pretty good. I think the whole team felt good," he grinned. "For most of the guys, it was their second game. For our line it was the third game so I think a lot of guys were not that nervous anymore. I think we played pretty well, you know. With a lot of confidence. Just happy we won."

Baertschi opened the scoring at 7:34 while the Flames were on the power play. Calgary's 2011 first round pick was initially robbed by the left pad of Adam Brown but when the rebound trickled back to Baertschi, the 18 year-old wired a shot into the top corner for his first goal of the tournament.

"It was a great feeling," Baertschi said. "I missed the first shot at first and then was lucky with the rebound. It's always a good feeling when you can score a goal."

The Flames kept pouring it on throughout the first period and Dustin Sylvester was able to give his team a 2-0 lead at . The Kelowna native sent a wrist shot top shelf that bounced in off the bar. It was Sylvester's second point in Penticton. He assisted on Michal Ferland's marker on Monday night against the Canucks.

"It feel good to get the goal," Sylvester said afterwards. "It was a big effort by the whole team tonight and I'm just happy that we got the win."

Edmonton was able to cut Calgary's lead in half at when Greg Nemisz turned over the puck in his own end. Curtis Hamilton's rebound drifted to Tyler Pitlick and the pivot sent an absolute howitzer over Ortio's shoulder.

The Flames ran into penalty trouble in the middle stanza, taking four minors. However, their penalty killers were able to control the Oilers power play units. They were able to hold the attackers to the boards, used their sticks well and allowed Ortio to have a clear view of any shots that did get through.

Baertschi came through for the Flames again in the final frame. He deflected a James Martin point shot despite being battered by the Oilers defence just prior to the goal.

After a couple of turnovers by the Flames, the Oilers were able to grab a bit of momentum and make it 3-2. Tobias Rieder sent a pass through the goal mouth, tricking Ortio into moving into the far corner of the net, and Anton Lander threw the puck into the empty net.

The Flames answered back 42 seconds later when Lance Bouma was able to slide the puck underneath the pads for his first goal of the tournament.

After the Flames defence got caught up ice, the Oilers made it a one goal affair once again. Defenceman Martin Marincin sent a slap shot through a crowd. Ortio couldn't get a good read on the shot and it blew past him.

Ortio was forced to make some tough saves in the dying minutes but was able to hold the fort, preserving his team's win.

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