The second game of the Canucks Young Stars tournament is in the the books and it ended just like the last game, with 5-4 OT loss, this time to the Winnipeg Jets .
Our own Ryan Biech is in Penticton, keeping a close eye on the Canucks prospects at the Young Stars Tournament.
The Canucks prospects were much better in the early part of this game and got out of the first period tied at 1. Hunter Shinkaruk scored the opening goal, while Scott Kosmachuk replied for the Jets. The Canucks then came out for the second period and looked as they did during the first period on Friday. This inevitably led to the Jets taking a 4-1 lead into the 3rd period.
With the Canucks entering the third period down 4-1, most would have expected that the Jets would cruise to an easy victory in regulation. But the Canucks clawed back to force overtime with goals from Brendan Gaunce, Curtis Valk and Hunter Shinkaruk. The extra frame was back and forth with very few whistles, with Nic Petan winning the game for the Jets on a backhand shot.
Jake Virtanen is a few seats over from me, taking in tonights game. #Canucks
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) September 14, 2014
As I suggested on Friday night, the Canucks would need a better performance to compete with the Jets. That effort was there for 40 minutes but the middle frame proved costly. The Canucks play again on Monday at 5:30 pm versus the Calgary Flames who, on paper, have the most skilled team here.
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