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Game Blog: Flames vs. Ducks

by Kristi Hennessy / Calgary Flames
Post-Game AnaIysis:

It was a Jon Rheault show in Penticton as the Flames took on the Anaheim Ducks Monday night at the Young Stars Tournament . Rheault displayed his crafty hands and made a case for himself to attend Calgary Flames main training camp, scoring three goals and adding two helpers for a five point game as the Flames defeat the Ducks by a convincing score of 8-4.

"I'm playing with great players," said Jon Rheault. "Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma and I had great chemistry tonight we were good on the power play so it was a good night. Backlund and are are both players that like to use our speed. He is a very gifted play-maker and I like to take pucks to the net so it's a good combination."

Also scoring for the Flames were Bryan Cameron, Carter Bancks, Mikael Backlund, Josh Meyers and Keith Seabrook.

"He's a speedy little guy with good hands and good vision," Mikael Backlund commented on Jon Rheault. "He's a good player with a good shot too. Easy to play with."

"He's earned his contract," said head coach Jim Playfair. "He's a guy who's worked really hard in the East Coast League and in and out of the American League to earn the right. I think that's what you want to do as a coach is find those players that have that type of hunger and haven't been given very much, they've earned everything. They're fun to be around."

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First Period

It was nearly five minutes of no-whistle hockey. With Lance Bouma in the box for the Flames just over seven minutes into the frame, Jon Kurtz found the back of the net giving the Ducks the 1-0 lead.

Jon Rheault answered back scoring for the Flames with under five minutes to play. Mikael Backlund pushed his way into the attacking zone passed to Rheault who was happy to show off his great hands early. Rheault stick-handled the puck to the back of the net to tie things at one.

Seconds after the goal, Carter Bancks and Jake Carrick dropped the gloves to give their teams a little spark. Mitch Wahl with a hard pass over to Bryan Cameron who snapped one home with three minutes remaining.

Things weren't over just yet. With under a minute to go, the Ducks squeezed one past Matt Keetley on the power play. 

Ducks and Flames tied 2-2 after 20 minutes.

Second Period

Ryley Grantham took a holding penalty seconds into the second period but the Ducks failed to capitalize on the man advantage.

Jon Rheault picked up the Flames third goal unassisted just past the seven minute marker. Rheault danced past the blue line and charged the net. After trying to squeeze one in at the post, took his own rebound and snuck a wrap-around beauty around the other side. Flames up 3-2.

Seconds after the Flames third goal, Devante Smith-Pelly picked up an unassisted goal of his own beating Flames netminder to tie things up yet again.

Second fight of the game goes to Ryley Grantham from the Flames and Duck's Mat Clark. Pretty even tilt with seven minutes to play in the frame.

Less than a minute later, Bryan Cameron with a nice set up for Mikael Backlund on the power play who banked one home to put the Flames on top again. Another great play from Jon Rheault who gets the second assist. Flames lead 4-3.

Carter Bancks increases the lead for the Flames snapping one past the Ducks goaltender Marco Cousineau. Josh Meyers and Mitch Wahl get credited with the assists. Flames dominated the shot clock 27-13 after 20 minutes and lead 5-3.

Third Period

The third period started fast and furious as Josh Meyers added a sixth Flames goal to the board just 29 seconds in to make it 6-3 Flames.

A few good chances at both ends of the ice but the Flames continue to dominate the Ducks through the third period. Ducks played a very physical period yet no penalties to speak of at the midway mark of the final frame. Flames leading Ducks in shots 35-17.

With just over three minutes to play in regulation, Jon Rheault picks up his hat trick goal on the power play with a nice back hand along the inside of the goal post. Rheault finds his fifth point of the game with the Flames seventh goal.

The Ducks found themselves in the sin bin yet again as the minutes counted down. Keith Seabrook capitalized on the man advantage for the Flames making it a five goal spread at 8-3.

In the dying seconds, Jake Carrick found a squint of light for the Ducks and wacked one past a stunned Keetley. That is how that one would finish up with a score of 8-4. Shots finished in favour of the Flames at 41-22.

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