I felt really good today. After every day has gone by, I keep feeling better and better. That’s what I wanted. I felt good in the tournament. It was fun to be out here again and I’m just happy I got to play. - Michael Ferland
PENTICTON, BC -- For those prospects heading to main camp with the Calgary Flames, the Young Stars Classic was set to serve as a tune-up.
Consider them tuned.
The Flames scored six straight goals, including a pair from Michael Ferland, en route to dumping the Vancouver Canucks 6-1 to close out the tournament on Monday.
“That was the main focus for this, for sure,” said Ferland, who unofficially led the tournament in scoring with four goals. “I felt really good today. After every day has gone by, I keep feeling better and better. That’s what I wanted. I felt good in the tournament. It was fun to be out here again and I’m just happy I got to play.”
Tied 1-1 in the second period after Markus Granlund’s second of the tournament, Michael Ferland capitalized on his own, redirecting a John Ramage point shot behind Vancouver starter Austin Lotz at 14:16.
With a great individual effort, Turner Elson put the Flames up by two.
Off a faceoff at the Calgary blue line, Elson grabbed the puck from a scrum on the ensuing faceoff, flipped it over one Canucks defender before beating another and firing a shot up over Lotz to give Calgary a 3-1 ledge with just 1:29 remaining in the middle stanza.
Ferland added his second of the night at 8:48 of the third, following up on Jooris’ initial shot and burying the rebound to put the Flames up 4-1.
The Flames continued to go work on the power play after Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for an elbow on Johnny Gaudreau.
“I tried to make a little play there with Ferland,” Gaudreau said. “It was a little 3-on-2. I tried to throw it between the guy’s stick. I picked my head up and got hit. It’s part of hockey.”
Bryce Van Brabent put Calgary up 5-1 on the ensuing man-advantage, jamming his first of the tournament through Lotz at 15:08. Still with the power play, Hunter Smith made it 6-1 a minute later after lifting a shot over the Vancouver goalie.
Mason McDonald stopped all five shots faced in the third to earn his first win of the Young Stars Classic.
“I was pretty confident out there,” McDonald said. “It was a good team win. Put some goals on the board. Kept the puck out of our end most of the game and all around, I felt good out there.”
Though the Flames jumped out of the gate quickly, Vancouver jumped ahead on the scoreboard after Jonathan Martin’s wrister fooled McDonald with 4:34 remaining in the opening frame.
Calgary’s best chances in the period came in both the opening and closing minute of the first.
Just 58 seconds into the game, Brett Kulak sprung Bryce Van Brabant in alone, but the Quinnipiac alumnus couldn’t beat the blocker of Lotz on Calgary’s first shot of the game. In the dying seconds of the period, Lotz saved himself after nearly coughing up the puck to Turner Elson behind his net after sprawling to hook the puck away from the Flames forward.