Sven Baertschi, Flames Defeat Oilers YoungStars 4-3

Calgary’s Sven Baertschi had a two goal night helping propel the Flames YoungStars over the Oilers by a final score of 4-3.

The Oilers finish the YoungStars tournament with a final record of 2-1.

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Baertschi netted a pair in last night's affair. Photo courtesy zimbio.com

Sven Baertschi was a showstopper for Calgary last night, directly causing Gene Principe to heap superlatives on the thirteenth overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft.  Baertschi’s first goal was scored after Oiler goaltender Adam Brown made a tough save on the PK.  Puck deflected to Brown’s left, and Baertschi was there with the backhanded scoop. Oilers got down early, forced to play catch-up all night.

Notes of GREAT IMPORTANCE

  • Make it three:  Anton Lander found himself back in the lineup for last night’s contest, and he scored a big goal in the third period to help draw the game to within one.  Lander was on the receiving end of a pass from Tobias Reider that caught Flames netminder Joni Ortio slightlyout of position.  Lander finishes his tournament with three goals in two games. Think we’ll see more of him this preseason?  Both Martin Marincin and Tyler Pitlick reached paydirt, those two in the third.
  • Goaltender Adam Brown had moments of brilliance, but he didn’t quite have the outings that Olivier Roy and Tyler Bunz were fortunate to have.  Brown had a memorable glove save against the aforementioned Baertschi on a breakaway halfway through the game.  As an undrafted invite to the YoungStars tournament, it’ll be interesting to see where Brown figures in Edmonton’s future.  Brown finished the night with 25 saves on 29 shots.
  • Need one reason why this game was tipped to Calgary?  Dismal powerplay.  0-6 for Edmonton, 2-7 for Calgary.  Nothing to scream about for Calgary, but two PPG is a good indicator that your night is going right.
  • Flames goaltender Joni Ortio moves a lot when Colin Smith is within eyesight.  Smith was the recipient of not one, but two goaltender interference penalties last night.
  • Two scraps in this game, both in the first period.  Again, love a tussle, I’ve yet to see someone intently watch or care about a fight in a prospect match.

You'll notice in this photo that you are seeing 94% of the net, and 1.66% goalie. Screen cap from EdmontonOilers.comon.

Not at this point

-Steve Tambellini, when asked if he thought he might be bringing in a defenceman before the season starts (OilersNow, 15 SEP 2011)

On a side note, I had the pleasure of calling into the Oilers Now show on 630 CHED today. I had just listened to a taped interview of Steve Tambellini fielding a question about the defence, and how Tambellini said he didn’t anticipate bringing in another defender before the season started. I suggested a guy like Campoli (who could probably be had on the cheap at this point), and even Bob Stauffer would bring in a guy.

Doesn’t have to be a big expense.  Something nice and cheap.  A floor model. 

Get ready for the Joey Moss Cup this Sunday.  That does it for now.

GOILERS

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