Friday, December 28, 2007

Two wins in eighteen hours show Canada is more than up to the test

With 120 minutes of play now under their belts and no goals against, Team Canada takes a well deserved break on Friday, ready to rest up and then prepare for Saturday's match with Sweden at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Thursday saw Canada take on Slovakia in a game that seemed to feature the referees as much as it did the players.

Some unusual calls dominated the flow of the game, with sure fire penalty worthy calls going unseen while other questionable calls resulted in penalties for both teams.

The frequent stoppages seemed to slow down the game at key times, but in the end when goals were needed Canada finally delivered as they found their mark three times on the way to the 2-0 shut out of the Slovaks.

The keys for Canada on Thursday were the play of Steve Mason with a 22 save shut out performance and the scoring touch of Kyle Turris, who scored both of Canada's goal on the way to their second victory of the tournament so far.

With the win, Canada now can count 20 consecutive wins at the World Junior Championships, a total which includes eight shut outs and 91-20 Goals for and against ratio over that period of time.

They can continue to add to their amazing statistical package on Saturday when they meet up with the Swedes who are 1 and 1 so far in the opening round of the tournament.

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