The Vancouver Canucks threw everything they could on net but could only get the puck past goaltender Joni Ortio once, en route to dropping a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Flames on Friday night at the 2013 Young Stars Classic in Penticton.
Frank Corrado scored the lone-goal for the Canucks, who outshot the Flames by a count of 40-31 on the night including 18-8 in the first period.
“At the beginning we were moving our feet and moving the puck,” said Corrado. “Obviously that was the start we wanted and then in the second period we started turning over some pucks which lead to penalties and the more penalties you kill the harder you have to work and I think that’s where we lost our legs a little tonight.”
The Canucks came out of the gates firing on all cylinders in the opening period but couldn’t beat Ortio despite numerous chances on the power-play, the best coming midway through the period when Canucks blueliner Henrik Tommernes rifled a wrist shot off the crossbar.
After Corrado opened the scoring in the middle stanza with a power-play marker from Hunter Shinkaruk and Cole Cassels, Canucks winger Alexandre Mallet dropped the gloves with Flames bruiser Michael Ferland in a spirited bout that appeared to change the momentum of the game. Calgary went on to score twice in the final 7:20 to take a 2-1 lead into the third period.
The Flames extended their lead early in the third period with two goals in less than the first two minutes of the frame. The Canucks continued to pepper Ortio but couldn’t get the puck in the back of net as the Flames hung on for a 4-1 victory.
“We had a really good first half of the game,” said assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner. “We started turning the puck over which led to penalty trouble and then it looked like we started to run out of gas, especially the guys that played last night but that isn’t an excuse, they had guys that played last night as well.”
--Joacim Eriksson made 27 saves in the Canucks net in his second game in as many nights.
--Corrado and Nicklas Jensen led the way with five shots a piece for the Canucks.
--Cole Cassels had another strong game and continues to impress since being drafted in the third round back in June. The Oshawa Generals forward picked up an assist and fired two shots on goal.
--Philippe Maillet and Alex Friesen were the only Canuck forwards not to register a shot on goal.
--The Canucks will have a quick skate tomorrow but for the most part it will be an off-day for the players to rest up and prepare for the final two games of camp.
--The Canucks took four straight minor penalties to end the second period and killed off three of them.
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