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Jon Gillies Makes Incredible Pad Save

The Young Stars tournament in Penticton, British Columbia began yesterday with two games. The Calgary Flames took on the Winnipeg Jets, and the Edmonton Oilers, featuring 1st-overall draft pick Connor McDavid, played the host Vancouver Canucks.

While the Oilers were able to manhandle the Canucks by a score of 8-2, the Flames/Jets matchup  turned into a goalie’s duel between Jon Gillies of Calgary, and Connor Hellebuyck/Eric Comrie of Winnipeg.

The game would end up as a 3-1 win for the Flames, highlighted by this sensational left pad save by Gillies in the second period.


Although the puck danced dangerously along the goal line, the ref immediately waved it off. Slo-mo replays showed that it was extremely close, but probably the right call. Luckily Gillies is 6-foot-5, because he used every inch of his frame to get a toe on the puck!

Gillies ranked 10th overall in our list of top 50 goaltending prospects last month. He would stop 23 of the 24 shots that he faced in the game, including another big shoulder save late in the third period when it was still 2-1. An empty net goal shortly after would put the game away.

On the Jets side, Connor Hellebuyck would start the game and give up two goals on 17 shots. A leaky goal from a sharp angle while in the reverse-VH position proved to be costly, as it ended up being the game winner.

Eric Comrie, the 4th overall goaltending prospect, stopped all of the 16 shots that he was faced with after coming into the game part way through the second. He looked very solid, including on a penalty shot chance early on in his appearance that he gloved away with ease.

The Young Stars tournament continues all weekend before finally wrapping up on Monday the 14th, as NHL training camps are set to begin.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.