Kailer Yamamoto scores twice, helps Kraken best Flames

Seattle Kraken forward Ryan Winterton, right, looks on as Calgary Flames goalie Dustin Wolf covers the puck during first period NHL preseason hockey action in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

CALGARY – Kailer Yamamoto scored twice on Monday night to lead the Seattle Kraken to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames in the first of a split-squad double-header.

Cale Fleury, Ty Kartye and Will Borgen also scored for Seattle.

Walker Duehr, Mikael Backlund and Andrew Mangiapane replied for Calgary.

Getting the start for Seattle was Chris Driedger, who stopped 17 of 19 shots in 40 minutes of action. Ales Stezka made four saves in relief.

Driedger is trying to return to the NHL after missing most of last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in May 2022 while playing for Canada at the World Championships. Dreidger did not make it back from surgery until the end of February returning with Coachella Valley (AHL), where he remained for the rest of the season.

Reigning two-time AHL goaltender of the year and last season’s league MVP, Dustin Wolf, went the distance for the Flames. He finished with 24 stops.

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