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Lind, Canucks steamroll Jets

Led by a top line of Elias Pettersson, Jonathan Dahlen and former Kelowna Rocket Kole Lind, the Vancouver Canucks rolled over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, 8-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

All eyes were on the top Canucks trio; Swedes Pettersson and Dahlen combined for three goals, while Lind, with two assists, fit in like a glove riding shotgun with the two countrymen.

The line's first goal, the team's fourth, started with a touch pass out of the Canucks zone by Lind to Pettersson, who sprung Dahlen up ice on a short breakaway.

The next shift out, with the score up to 5-0, Lind broke up a play in neutral ice and forced a Jets turnover — while appearing to take a stick in the face — before Dahlen recovered and set up Pettersson on the left-wing side, with Pettersson wiring a shot crossbar and in. 

Pettersson's second goal made it 8-1 in the third; after keeping a puck in the offensive zone, he fed Lind in the middle who passed ahead to Dahlen. His shot rebounded in front and was chipped in by Petterson.

"We had a pretty good night all around. I think the first period was more of a learning experience for all of us, just to get our feet wet with the season," Lind told Castanet post-game.

"The smarts of those two guys, and the chemistry those two have it makes it pretty easy to go out and play with them."

While the team line dazzled, contributions were large for the Canucks down the lineup. Last year's top NCAA player Adam Gaudette opened the scoring just over a minute into the game. Petrus Palmu and Jonah Gadjovich each scored twice, who are both at the Young Stars for their second go-around.

“I think it speaks for our whole team. Obviously we got a good group of young guys in here and I’m really excited to be a part of it," Lind said.

Michael DiPietro stopped 26 shots in goal, and was spared by three Jets shots off the crossbar. Michael Spacek had both goals for Winnipeg.

The abbreviated Young Stars tournament in Penticton this year ends with the Canucks and Jets meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.



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