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From The Morning Skate: Flames vs. Oilers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames


Joni Ortio
Joni Ortio has been a busy guy since arriving for the Flames prospect camp last week and his workload won't be getting any lighter going forward.

"We'll go back with Joni," confirmed Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward, giving the Finn his third consecutive start of the tournament.

"Our main thing right now is to get Joni on his game and get him used to playing over here."

Ortio visibly struggled on Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks, allowing six goals on 26 shots. He played much better on Monday night's 4-3 OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks, making several clutch saves throughout the game.

Coming over from Europe, the 20 year-old has been playing on larger ice surfaces and now faces the challenge off adjusting to North American rinks.

"When you come to a smaller rink, I think it's going to be fairly quick to get used to that - at least I hope so," he said after the loss.

Backup goaltenders Andrew Engelage and Adam Avramenko have yet to see any action during the Young Stars tournament. Engelage, who is with the Flames on an amateur try-out basis, may get some ice time tonight depending on how the game goes.

"Englage understood his role prior to when he got here. He knew where he stood with me and certainly with the management team before we got here. At some point in time, we'd like to get him into a game here, between tonight and then Friday night back in Calgary. We'll see how things go."


Lance Bouma
The Flames will be going with a veteran-laden lineup tonight against the undefeated Oilers. Lance Bouma, Greg Nemisz, John Negrin, TJ Brodie and Mitch Wahl will all be suiting up for Calgary's final game of the tournament.

All five played on Sunday against the Sharks and Ward wasn't impressed with what they brought to the ice that.

"I didn't like the fact that they assumed they were going to go where they left off," he said. "They didn't prepare well enough mentally. For me, it wasn't a physical thing on Sunday. We obviously got close to 40 shots and pretty much dominated the first two periods. But I didn't think we were mentally engaged."

Ward wants to see a more fired-up squad on the ice tonight and believes his team will step up and play their best game in Penticton.

"I didn't think we played with a lot of emotion (on Sunday). I felt we were into the game in terms of movement and some physical parts but not emotionally, we weren't intact. I look for some of the guys who maybe didn't play their best game on Sunday to rebound here today."


Holland - Reinhart - Baertschi
Bancks - Sylvester - Nemisz
Bouma - Wahl - Elson
MacMillion - Horak - Howse

Negrin - Brodie
Kosterman - Martin
Leach - Jackson

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