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Canada leads Czechs, 2-1, after first period

Tuesday, 12.28.2010 / 4:55 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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Canada leads Czechs, 2-1, after first period
After spotting the Czech Republic an early lead, Team Canada settled down to connect for two power-play goals in the later stages of the opening period to grab a 2-1 lead into the first intermission at HSBC Arena.

Brayden Schenn scored off a shot from the left circle that beat Czech Republic goalie Filip Novotny between the legs at 14:43 before Jaden Schwartz fired home an attempt, from low in the left circle, that entered the long side at 16:40. Team Canada outshot the Czech Republic, 14-2, in the first.

Schenn also assisted Schwartz' power-play goal and defenseman Ryan Ellis chipped in with 2 assists.

Antonin Honejsek had given the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead just 49 seconds into the period when he picked up a loose puck and snapped a shot from the left circle that clipped the long-side catching glove of Olivier Roy, into the cage. It marked the second time in two games the Canadians yielded the opening goal of the game. Team Canada defeated Russia, 6-3, on Sunday.

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