Morning Skate Report: Flames vs. Sharks
BROSSOIT BACK IN NET
Laurent Brossoit will make his second Young Stars Classic appearance tonight as the Flames take on the San Jose Sharks. The netminder made 19 saves on Thursday when Calgary defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-2.
Joni Ortio handled the netminding duties on Friday, making 39 saves in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
TAKING ON THE SHARKS
The San Jose Sharks are 0-2 at the Young Stars Classic but Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward and the Flames aren't taking the boys from California lightly. They know that their rivals will want to finish off their tournament on a positive note and will be bringing a desperate, hungry style of hockey to game.
"It will be a good test for us," Ward noted. "It will be another growth step for these guys mentally going forward because sometimes, a wounded dog hunts best. They're wounded and we're not right now.
"It will be a good test for our guys. We've challenged them a bit in a couple of areas ... we want to see what that brings to the table."
The Flames are coming into the game riding high. They have outscored their opponents 9-3 in two games and had a solid day of on and off ice practice on Saturday. With a few more practice sessions under their belts, they are feeling more comfortable with the style of play Ward and the Flames want them to play.
"We tried to accomplish a couple of things on ice," Ward said of their hour-long skate yesterday. "Two things mainly that support the systems that we will play in Calgary and in Abbotsford. A little bit of a defensive and offensive philosophy to our game yesterday."
While the Flames are happy with their performance in their first two games, Ward and the rest of the coaching staff have been adamant that their charges keep things in high gear. The organization wants to surround players in a winning culture at all levels within the organization.
"I think any time that you say that, 'We're going to be young,' and 'We're rebuilding,' or whatever the word may be ... it is important that you learn to win," Ward emphasized. "We strive to finish every day 1-0 in Abbotsford and that is kind of our approach here. Whether it is an off day or a (game) day, you have to win those days. We have to win our practice days and our game days.
"We have hopes that we can put this thing to bed 3-0."
"I'm having a blast." - Sean Monahan on his Young Stars Classic experience
SPORTCHEK BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Tonight's game will be streamed live on CalgaryFlames.com at 6:30 PM MT. Sportnet's Rob Kerr will provide play-by-play coverage of the Flames last game at the 2013 Young Stars Classic.