Flames’ youngsters burn Jets

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CALGARY — The wave of youth trying to establish itself in the Calgary Flames lineup got the job done on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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CALGARY — The wave of youth trying to establish itself in the Calgary Flames lineup got the job done on Thursday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The youngsters supplied all the scoring as the Flames broke open a 1-1 draw through two periods to spank the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 in NHL pre-season action.

The result dropped the Jets to 2-4 in the exhibition season, guaranteeing them a sixth straight pre-season without a winning record.

Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press Winnipeg Jets' Matt Halischuk, left, has his shot kicked away by Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo during first period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary Thursday.

The Jets will have one more exhibition contest before they must get their act — and their roster — together for keeps. They meet the Flames at the MTS Centre on Saturday night, then begin prepping for next Thursday’s season-opener in Glendale, Ariz., against the Coyotes.

Calgary, now 5-3, had two goals from second-year centre Sean Monahan and two more from hopeful Josh Jooris. Jooris and Monahan scored 40 seconds apart early in the third to effectively decide the affair.

Highly-touted rookie Johnny Gaudreau also added two assists, including a key play on the eventual game-winning goal when he beat Jets Mathieu Perreault and Jacob Trouba high in the Winnipeg zone before dishing off to Jooris, who was unchecked near the net.

 

The offence

Mark Scheifele had the first goal for the Jets, his first of the pre-season and courtesy of a very big-league play by 2014 first-round draft pick Nikolaj Ehlers.

It squared the game 1-1 in the second.

Chris Thorburn connected for the visitors’ other goal, a meaningless tally with 53.8 seconds left in the game with Winnipeg on a two-man advantage after the Flames, apparently, decided to settle a few scores.

 

Another fallen warrior

Injuries have already been a talker in the Jets’ training camp. And there’s still some concerning news on that front.

Defenceman Zach Bogosian left the game past the half-way mark with a lower-body injury and did not return. He had played 13 minutes 14 seconds to that point.

 

Finish a challenge

No point getting all worked up about missed chances in practice games, but in a more pressing situation the Jets would be lamenting the chances they missed in the second period.

Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press Jets captain Andrew Ladd (left) roughs it up with Calgary’s TJ Brodie during first-period pre-season action at the Saddledome Thursday night.

That started in the period’s second minute when Perreault dished off to Michael Frolik on a two-on-none against Flames goalie Karri Ramo, but Frolik whiffed on the backhand when he went to dump it into the open side.

Later, Thorburn also whiffed on what looked like a perfect back-door pass and just prior to setting up Scheifele for the Jets’ first goal, Ehlers missed a great chance.

 

Back to form

After a so-so outing Monday in Edmonton, Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson appeared to be back to form against the Flames.

He was positionally sound most of the night and the final result — including the Flames’ third-period onslaught — had nothing to do with his goaltending.

Hutchinson finished the game with 21 saves.

He’s played the equivalent of about three full pre-season games with 72 saves on 83 shots, numbers in support of No. 1 goalie Ondrej Pavelec that are going to have to get better if the Jets wish to stay with the Central Division pack.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

 

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