PENTICTON, B.C. - The Flames will look to pick up their first win at the Young Stars Classic on Sunday when they face the Vancouver Canucks at 3:00 p.m. MT.
Calgary fell 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in a loss that Stockton Heat head coach Ryan Huska attributed to a short stretch of inconsistent play.
"There was about a three minute section where they scored their goals, where they were able to pull away," he said following the setback. "We had some urgency at the end, trying to get the 6-on-5 goal to get us closer but we just weren't able to get it done.
"A good lesson for our guys is that urgency needs to be there for a full 60 minutes. If you can take that three minute stretch out of there, or if you bury a chance to make it 3-1 where they turned around and tied the game up, then it might be a different story. But that urgency is important, a good lesson for these guys early on."
The Flames received goals from defenceman Juuso Valimaki and pivot Mark Jankowski on Friday. Goaltender Tyler Parsons made 21 saves in the loss.
The Canucks are coming off of 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Jonah Gadjovvich, Jalen Chatfield, Griffen Molino, and Kole Lind scored and Thatcher Demko made 18 saves in the victory.
Sunday's game can be viewed on CalgaryFlames.com, YouTube or Facebook.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
77 - Mark Jankowski - Center
Perhaps the Flames' best forward in Friday's game, Jankowski centered the team's top line, flanked by Andrew Mangiapane and Spencer Foo, and was downright dominant during stretches of the match-up.
"I thought he had stretches where I thought he was really good," Huska said. "I thought he made some good plays in the middle of the ice. He really can move the puck well in traffic and I thought we saw a little bit of that (on Friday).
"I do think the more he's on the ice with Andrew and Spencer, I think you'll see a little bit more from them. But in the first period, I thought they were a really good line - by far the best line, in my opinion, that was on the ice."
78 - Kole Lind - Right Wing
The 2017 second round pick put up three points on Friday, scoring an empty net goal and picking up a pair of assists in the win over Winnipeg. Playing on a line with Aaron Luchuk and Molino, Lind and his linemates were threats every time they were on the ice.
"I felt good out there," he told VancouverCanucks.com afterwards. "I think we have a lot of good chemistry on our line and we knew were each other were lots of the time. We had lots of zone time and that was good."
Lind, 18, put up a career-high 30 goals and 87 points in 70 regular season games with the Kelowna Rockets in the 2016-17 season. He added six goals and 12 points in 17 postseason games this past spring.