PENTICTON, B.C. -- If they were under any illusions of superiority based on how much praise their organization's prospect list has generated, the young Winnipeg Jets at the Canucks Young Stars Classic can park it.

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PENTICTON, B.C. -- If they were under any illusions of superiority based on how much praise their organization's prospect list has generated, the young Winnipeg Jets at the Canucks Young Stars Classic can park it.

For the second straight game, the Jets were the second-best team on the ice at the South Okanagan Events Centre, falling 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks Sunday afternoon.

Vancouver's Dmitry Zhukenov lays the lumber on Winnipeg's Nic Petan.

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Vancouver's Dmitry Zhukenov lays the lumber on Winnipeg's Nic Petan.

"Every team has a good team here," Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey said after the team's second defeat. "Every team has a lot of good prospects. It's a pretty competitive tournament. Everybody wants to show their best. Everyone knows the rosters and who's on other teams. We know. I don't think anyone's gearing up extra hard for us by any means. But every game's a battle out here. Everyone wants to compete as hard as they can and show their best."

The Canucks locked up their first victory in two games at the tournament by scoring goals 34 seconds and 2:37 into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie. Mark Zalewski and Reid Gardiner beat Connor Hellebuyck and the Canucks went on to outshoot the Jets 44-18.

"The way the third period went at the beginning was just a direct result of fatigue in our own zone, just spending too much time," said Jets coach Keith McCambridge. "That wears guys down and eventually, you're going to run out of gas."

The supposedly talented Jets have scored two goals in two games.

"It's tough to score goals when you're having troubles getting out of your own zone," McCambridge said. "In our own zone in the two games... there were certain points where you could maybe live with a couple of those mistakes.

"But our D-zone coverage, we're just a little hesitant to go get the puck, a little hesitant to close quickly, and I felt we just chased Vancouver around for a good portion in our own zone.

"If you can't make that first pass, not be available for that first pass, you're just going to spend the whole night defending. When we got in the offensive zone, we created some chances, but we had trouble getting out of our own end."

Hellebuyck, who faced 20 shots in half a game Friday, said he's using all this activity to shake off summer rust.

So that's a good thing.

"Absolutely, it's a good building step," said Hellebuyck, who's beginning his second year as a pro. "It's hard to come into training camp not having played a game, expecting to be at your best and be game-ready.

"We've got a tough week coming up here at training camp. So I'm going to be ready."

Maybe the Jets can come up with something better today when they face the Edmonton Oilers in their tournament finale. It's an 11:30 a.m. local start, 1:30 p.m. CT.

The Oilers, who have scored 14 goals in two wins so far in the tournament, will not use No. 1 draft pick Connor McDavid in the game.

"Personally, I would love to play Connor," Morrissey said. "He's a friend of mine and I've played with him three or four times in tournaments. I've never had a chance to play against him.

"I might be eating my words after I do play against him, but it would be fun to play him. I was looking forward to the challenge of going one-on-one with him and seeing what I could do."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca