Canada Juniors Whip Slovakia to a Perfect Stay at the Worlds
The Canadian junior team is a solid defence has proven themselves once more as they continue to fight their way to a gold medal in the World Junior Hockey Championship. The juniors destroyed Slovakia in a landslide game that ended 6-0.
The game is only real scare came in the form of an injury to defenceman Jake Bean, who crashed into the boards with Slovak player Marian Studenic in the first period. Boon was led off the ice, but returned soon enough in the second period, missing just 15 minutes of the game.
“It was a kind of shock,” said Cale Makar, one of bean’s fellow defenceman. “Some guys said that it was pretty bad how he went to the board.”
The Canadian team can’t really afford to have any weak spots in the line of defence, which is the reason why the Bean container back on the ice, it was a great relief. Bean, along with Kale Clague and Dante Fabbro, not only the team of the defence, but also half of the 6 players with the experience of last year’s championship, winner of the silver medal.
The Canadian junior coach Dominique Ducharme don’t seem to be phased by Boon’s spilling to say “Everyone is day-to-day.”
The problem is that Clague and Fabbro also have sustained injuries up to now with Clague to sit outside of the last game and Fabbro having a left-foot injury that was a problem pre-tournament. Hockey Canada roster has already been completed. This means that there are no skaters may be added to the team, even in the case of injuries.
Fabbro ended up playing for 5:18 of the entire game, a decision that was planned. Ducharme went on to explain, “We managed his ice time. He played a lot of [Tuesday] night. He had not much in practice. We wanted to ensure that he gets some action, but not too much. If we had the chance today, we wanted to cut his ice time a bit. We were in control, so we back off a little.”
The team of defence was not the only reason for the victory, of course. The juniors scored some great goals, both successfully make plays and pick up of opportunities by means of their opponent’s mistakes.
Jordan Kyrou led the team’s offensive efforts and scored a goal and two assists. Jonah Gadjovich scored two goals, with Sam Steel, Taylor Raddysh, and Maxime Comtois, each scoring a goal a piece.
Kyrou is the tournament’s current top scorer with a goal and 3 assists from his last 2 matches.
In the goal, the team is also more than stood up to the expectations as the backup goaltender Colton Point was in for the starter Carter Heart. Point more than handled the pressure savings of 20 photos. The omission of the Heart was another decision by Ducharme to ensure that his players get enough rest. Heart is playing very well in goal, saving 29 Tuesday in the match against Finland in which Canada won 4-2.
Point also showed a lot of maturity in response to the decision, stating, “When you have a game, you can play a game. There’s no politics involved. He’s obviously the starter for a reason. He’s a great goalkeeper. I just come in and if I have a game then I’ve got to play my game.”
Today, the match against the USA is of course a great and we are locked in to see how this goes down.
All we can say is go CANADA!
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