The Canucks and Jets met for the second time of the 2018 Young Stars Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Getting into some penalty trouble early, the Jets fell behind the Canucks early and were able to storm back. Despite being able to erase the deficit that they squandered in the first period, the Jets gave up a goal in the early parts of the third period before a flurry of goals in the final minute but were unable to claw all the way back.
This post-game will be a bit quicker as Cory Hergott will have a more in-depth breakdown of the game tomorrow and I am personally limited on the time available.
The Canucks had pretty much the same lineup as Friday night, with only some minor changes to the bottom six and bottom pairing
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 9, 2018
Although it took a little bit for the game to settle down, the Canucks decided to pick up where they left off on Friday night. The baby Jets did keep the little more balanced and generated a few chances but once they took their first penalty, that nice play was a thing of the past.
With another penalty about to be called when the Jets got possession, Gaudette fired this one-time home:
Since the Jets never did obtain the puck before it went into the net, they started another 2-minute penalty kill at the drop of the puck. Twenty-six seconds later, some kid named Elias Pettersson flashed his patented one-timer
What an absolute rocket.
Canucks fans were excited to see if that shot would appear at some point early in the season and they were not disappointed. As many people mentioned on twitter, imagine that on one side and then Brock Boeser on the other. A few minutes later the Canucks put themselves up 3-0 on a wicked shot from Jonathan Dahlen off the turnover:
The rest of the period didn’t have any noteworthy offensive chances but Jonah Gadjovich got into a quick little tussle:
Dadjovich making sure nobody takes liberties with his sons pic.twitter.com/bxUDaqBYuC
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) September 9, 2018
Shortly later, the final buzzer rang and the Canucks headed to the dressing room with a 3-0 lead and on the shot clock by a 0-7 margin
Four seconds into the second period Jagger Dirk and Joey Ratelle dropped the gloves with the Jets invite, Ratelle, getting the best of Dirk.
A few minutes later, the Jets got on the board as C.J. Suess scored after the nice play by Alexis D’Aoust
Shortly after that Jets defenceman Jacob Cederholm hit Zack MacEwen from behind and the big Canucks forward was none too pleased about it.
There was a sense that the play was starting to become more balanced and even slightly in favour of the Jets and sure enough, the Jets were able to get another goal to pull within one:
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) September 9, 2018
The Jets were able to close the gap on the shot clock and slow down the Canucks big guns. Mid-way through the period, Joey Ratelle ringed it off the crossbar on a heavy wrister but was unable to tie the game. A few short minutes later, Krystof Hrabik was able to tie the game at three after the Elias Pettersson turnover that was created by Kristian Vesalainen
The Jets pushed the pace and continued to take it to the baby Canucks but were unable to take the lead before the end of the frame despite having the man advantage for the remainder of the period (and carrying over to the third). The shot count total after two was 27-19 for the Jets.
The Canucks were able to get a good chance of a redirection from Jonah Gadjovich but the ref had lost sight of the puck and thus was blown dead, a few moments Joey Ratelle rang the shot off the post for the Jets. Vancouver Giants defender and camp invite, Kaleb Bulych, scored to put the Canucks up 4-3
Shortly after that, Ivan Kulbakov made the nice save on the odd-man rush:
The Jets were given a power-play on that chance but were unable to capitalize. They continued to press throughout the latter half of the period but weren’t able to make anything happen until the final minute. With their Jets netminder on the bench, Jonathan Dahlen was able to score his second goal of the game on the empty net goal.
Shortly after that, the Jets were able to get back to within one with a wrap-around goal.
— JetsNation (@NHLJetsNation) September 9, 2018
It wasn’t done there as Zack MacEwen scored on the empty net again to bring the final score to 6-4.
The Canucks end the weekend with a 2-0 record and outscored the Jets by a cumulative count of 14-6.
The majority of the players that are Canucks and Comets property are expected to make their way to Whistler for training camp, which opens later this week.
It was two very different games for the Canucks Young Stars this weekend, as they ran away with the first game and then had to overcome a bit of adversity in the second content. The players that people hoped to stand out did and that is really the only takeaway you can have from these tournaments.
I must say, it was nice to watch some competitive hockey this weekend.