Vancan Outta The Blue


Baby Canucks Open Tourney With Loss
September 12, 2011, 14:28
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By Josh Hall

You could hear the cheers in Edmonton all the way from Penticton. A 7-2 victory in the Oilers’ opening game of the NHL Young Stars Tournament over the Canucks no doubt induced a myriad of closet Oilers fans to dub this group a future dynasty like those of the 80’s.

Maybe I’m just defending my baby Canucks, but I digress. In their opening game of the tournament, the Canucks got slaughtered but it was more on some shaky goaltending from David Honzik. Hailing from Milevsko, Czech Republic, Honzik played just over 34 minutes and allowed 6 goals on 23 shots. Despite being porous for most of the time he played, he did rob 2011 1st Overall Pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins point blank in the 1st period. The Hoznikian one was drafted 71st overall this past June by the Canucks.

The 2nd period was really where it all fell apart. Headed to the 2nd tied at 1-1 on the power of a goal from RW Darren Archibald (1G, 1A), Vancouver looked to pull ahead in front of a solid Penticton crowd. That’s when Hoznik let in a few softies and the game got feisty. It was bound to happen, and the first of three fights got underway straight from the center ice faceoff. It was Cameron Abney against the Nucks Sawyer Hannay who started off slow but took it to Abney in the end. The fight lasted about 60 seconds. Sadly, that still didn’t swing any momentum the Canucks’ way.

The next prospect to step on the ice was backup Karel St. Laurent. A native of Ville Ste.-Catherine, Karel played with Surrey of the BCHL last season and was an attendee at Canucks summer development camp. He is unsigned by Vancouver but will showcase his skills to the other four teams in the tournament who may be interested in a goalie at the AHL level.

The 3rd period was not the scene of a comeback but it did give Canucks fans something to cheer about as Czech born D Adam Polasek got into a fight with Colton Teubert and promptly broke his nose with a puch to the face as clean as you will ever see. Polasek eventually left the penalty box limping, left the game and returned a little while later. Polasek was chosen 145th overall by the Canucks in 2010. You can watch Teubert get dropped by Polasek here!

The final score was 7-2 after Canucks 2010 1st round pick Jordan Schroederscored to cut the deficit to 5.

Newly crowned Chicago Wolves head coach Craig Mactavish said after the game, “It’s a good lesson for everybody. You have to play the game the right wayand I was happy with the way we corrected ourselves in the 3rd.” You can see his full post-game comments here!

Might I add that Mactavish looked fitting and yet very strange behind Canucks colours for the first time on the bench.

The NHL Young Stars tournament continues today when the Canucks, as mentioned, play the Flames at 4pm PST. This game will be live on Sportsnet and the rest of the games will be streamed live on sportsnet.ca and Canucks.com. The tournament features squads from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and San Jose.

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