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Thursday, December 21, 2017

CANADA ROUTS CZECKS 9-0 IN PRE-TOURNAMENT GAME

LONDON, Ont. - Carter Hart had a 23-save shutout in Canada's 9-0 rout of the Czech Republic on Wednesday night in a tune-up game ahead of the world junior hockey championship.

Taylor Raddysh had a pair of goals for Canada, with linemate Robert Thomas adding a goal and two assists. Maxime Comtois had the eventual winner, while Jake Bean, Boris Katchouk, Jonah Gadjovich, Drake Batherson and Cal Foote also scored in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,036 at Budweiser Garden.

Jakub Skarek stopped 25-of-34 shots in net for the Czech Republic. Josef Korenar turned aside two shots in relief.

Canada's win came in the first of two pre-tournament exhibition games the team is hosting ahead of the world championships that begin in Buffalo, N.Y., on Dec. 26.

Before the game head coach Dominique Ducharme said that defenceman Dante Fabbro (lower body) and forward Dillon Dube (shoulder) were day to day. He also indicated that backup goaltender Colton Point might start against Switzerland on Friday in Hamilton.

Comtois finished off a tic-tac-toe play with Alex Formenton and Cale Klague by batting the puck past Skarek to give the Canadians the lead. It punctuated a lengthy three-minute span where Canada dominated possession, getting several shots off and stripping the Czech defence of the puck any time they tried to clear it out of their own end.

(The Canadian Press)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The word is Czechs.

Joey BiShop said...

No Contest from the start of the game to the end. Canada was all over them as soon as the first puck was dropped and never looked back. I thought Canada at times got a little to fancy with their passing around the net at times and with more scoring chances could have run the score much higher than it was. Steel from the Pats looked good out there and made some nifty passes himself. All in all Canada looks sharp but we all know it will get tougher as time goes on. Miller and Ferraro drove me nuts with all their talking instead of Miller doing the play by play and Ferraro has to show replays even on off sides ?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm_ I thought Steel was the invisible man. He needs to step up his game b8g time. Does he have another level or two in him?

Dirke Steele