Sunday was Minor Hockey Day in Penticton. The kids were treated to a goat petting zoo, bouncy house (I did ask, appartently 'young at heart' doesn't permit you access), climbing wall, face painting, autograph sessions, and photos with Fin! The crowd was in a great mood to witness two teams who each lost 4-1 in their opening game on Friday night.
Edmonton (2) vs. Vancouver (3)
The Canucks Opening 40: The team came out with a high energy level and a strong forecheck. All 4 lines skated hard and had active sticks which resulted in many grade 'A' scoring opportunities.
Michael Carcone: Once again the overage free agent signing was showing an active stick and a strong forecheck that created several turnovers in the Jets's defensive zone. He has looked like a great find for GM Jim Benning.
Marco Roy: Roy is playing like a man playing for his career... which is incredibly accurate given that he was cut loose by the Oilers after one season playing in the AHL and ECHL. He has been everywhere, doing everything he can to earn an invite to Main Camp.
Jamie Phillips: The Oilers let Phillips play the entire 60 minutes after a strong time share on Friday. They were rewarded for that faith as the 2012 7th round pick kept the Oilers in the game making countless big saves throughout the night.
The Canucks 3rd Period: After 40 great minutes and a 2-0 lead, the Canucks were in the driver's seat, but decided to leave their effort in the locker room to start period 3. A few mistakes allowed the Jets to tie the score up quickly.
Oili Juolevi: Highly touted prospects are put under an unfair microscope. Juolevi was steady for the most part, but he was on the ice for both Jets goals tonight and was directly responsible for losing possession of the puck on a Canucks power play which led to a beautiful Michael Spacek breakaway goal to shatter Michel Garteig's shut out bid.
Tyler Coulter: For a player who scored the game winning goal, you would not expect him to show up in the ugly category BUT... Coulter looked like a guy out for a skate for most of the game. He was not engaged and seemed more interested in getting to the bench than he did trying to earn a contract.
The Last Minute: How many empty nets can one team miss in one minute? I didn't count, but there were at least 8 times where either the shot was blocked or the Canucks missed the net in 30 seconds of sustained pressure. Not the kind of finish you want to see. Luckily the Jets couldn't get the puck out of their own zone to create a counter attack, or this could have been BAD!
Tomorrow is the conclusion of the Young Stars tournament with 2 games on the slate: Edmonton and Winnipeg at 11am and the tournament finale between Calgary and Vancouver at 3pm. Both games will be streamed through each of the team's websites or YouTube streams.