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Canada opens 7-1 lead over Norway after two periods

Wednesday, 12.29.2010 / 9:04 PM

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

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2011 World Junior Championship Blog
Canada opens 7-1 lead over Norway after two periods
Brayden Schenn scored his third goal of the game, giving him a team-leading five in three games of the World Junior Championship, just 44 seconds into the second period to extend Team Canada's lead to 7-1 over Norway through two periods at HSBC Arena.

Mario Lemieux and Simon Gagne hold the Canadian National Junior Team record for most goals in one game at the WJC with four apiece.

The Canadian National Junior Team entered Wednesday's game against Norway with 10 forwards, six defensemen and a new goalie between the pipes.

For at least one period, it made no difference.

Casey Cizikas and white-hot Brayden Schenn scored goals in the opening 4:50 of the period and goalie Mark Visentin turned aside 15 shots when Team Canada opened a 6-1 lead over winless Norway. In a bizarre twist, Norway outshot Canada, 16-15, in the opening 20 minutes.

Schenn, who scored 5 points on Tuesday to spark Canada to a 7-2 victory over Czech Republic, had 2 goals and one assist, while Marcus Foligno, Louis Leblanc, Erik Gudbranson and Louis Leblanc each had a goal and one assist.

Canada captain Ryan Ellis notched an assist on Gudbranson's blast from the right point at 10:45 -- giving him his 21st point (4 goals, 17 assists) in 15 World Junior Championship contests. Ellis has participated in the last three WJC. That ties him for the all-time lead among defensemen in the tournament with Finland's Reijo Ruotsalainen (9 goals, 21 points in 24 games) from 1977-80.

Norway had pulled within 4-1 when Rasmus Juell connected at 13:35 -- eight seconds after Leblanc had extended the lead for Canada.


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