Thursday, December 29, 2011

Canada crosses another team off of its Czech list

Two games in, Canada's junior squad is pushing the plus side to new reaches, with a combined plus score of 13 goals in their favour and but one against thus far at the World Junior Championships.

Canada's second win came on Wednesday night with a 5 - 0 victory over the Czech Republic that actually was significantly closer than the final score provided for.

The Canadians were holding on to a slim 1 - 0 lead in the second period when goaltender Scott Wedgewood took matters into his own hands, sending a rink long pass from behind his net to Canada's Freddie Hamilton who while missing on his attempt, was able to redirect the rebound over to Ryan Strome who put away the easy gift.

That it seemed, marked the end of the line for the Czechs, who despite the yeoman like work of Petr Mrazek in the Czech nets (the score could have been how high without him?)

Canada while hardly blowing the doors off of Rexall Place, did at that point find their rhythm on the night and began to take advantage of their chances, backed up by some fine goal tending by Wedgewood the Canadians were able to bring another win into harbour at the World Juniors.

The game actually proving to be a teachable moment for Don Hay, who stressed perseverance and attention to game plan as the key to Canada's success in this tournament.  A lesson plan that paid off for the Canadians as they faced their first bit of adversity in this tournament so far.

With the win Canada remains unbeaten in this preliminary round with a 2-0 record and a game less than 24 hours later to come against the Danes.

Calgary Sun-- Canada blanks Czechs

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