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Calgary loses to Winnipeg in tournament finale in Penticton

by TY PILSON @typilson /

PENTICTON, B.C. - At the end of the day, it wasn't about wins and losses.

It was about the opportunity to evaluate the club's young talent, including notable players such as Tyler Parsons, Spencer Foo, Mark Jankowski, Rasmus Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane.

The Flames lost 4-1 Monday to the Winnipeg Jets in their final game of the Young Stars Classic and finished with a record of 1-2 in the annual tournament.

The Flames fell 4-2 Friday to the Edmonton Oilers and beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 Sunday. 

Dillon Dube scored for Calgary while Mason McDonald had an extremely busy day, making 31 saves in a game where the Jets outshot the Flames 35-10.

Jansen Harkins scored a pair for the Jets, Cristiano DiGiacinto and Kristian Reichel added singles and Mikhail Berdin made nine saves to earn the victory.

After a back-and-forth start to the first period with each team playing fairly conservative early on, the Flames got on the board first when Dube took a pass from Rasmus Andersson on the half-boards and skated out into the slot and wired a shot underneath Berdin's blocker.

Foo also collected an assist on the play.

Foo skated on a line to start Monday's game with Dube that was centred by Glenn Gawdin. He had spent the first two games playing with Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane on the team's top line but neither of those guys skated in the tournament wrap-up.

The Jets evened things up in the second period after a spell of prolonged pressure on the Flames in their zone, when Cristiano DiGiacinto wacked an airborne puck home that came off a Jake Kulevich point shot.

Harkins put his club up by one just past the midway mark of the second stanza, when Harkins barely managed to avoid what would have been a thunderous hit by Kayle Doetzel and was able to corral the puck quickly again and then flip it towards the net. It hit a Flames defenceman's stick and deflected between McDonald's legs.

Harkins picked up his second goal of the game in the third period, when McDonald made an initial save on his backhand attempt at the side of the net before Harkins collected the loose puck and slipped the second try across the line.

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