Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
SHARE

Americans down Canada 4-1 in under-18 men's hockey exhibition game

Sunday, 04.14.2013 / 3:44 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends


Americans down Canada 4-1 in under-18 men's hockey exhibition game

SOCHI, Russia - Dillon Labbe had the lone goal for Canada's under-18 hockey team in a 4-1 exhibition loss to the United States on Sunday.

Canadian team coach Don Hay took a philosophical approach to the game, his club's first leading up to the world under-18 hockey championship slated to begin later this month.

"We did some good things in spurts," he said. "We will get better as we go on.''

Hay, the 59-year-old coach of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, certainly knows what it takes to succeed on the ice. He led Canada to a world junior gold medal in 1995 and bronze in 2012.

The two-time WHL coach of the year has also won Memorial Cup titles with Kamloops (1994-95) and Vancouver (2007). He also spent time as a head coach in the NHL with Calgary and Phoenix.

Hay was pleased with the play of goaltenders Spencer Martin and Philippe Desrosiers. Martin surrendered two goals over the first two periods while Desrosiers gave up two in the third.

Hay said while the Canadian team's overall play needs improvement, that should come the more the squad practises and plays together heading into the tournament.

"Our (play) with and without the puck has to get better," he said. "We just have to continue to work hard, just continue to get better.

"This is going to be a learning process and this is one step in that process.''

Canada trailed 1-0 after the first and 2-0 heading into the third against the Americans, who've won the world under-18 event the last four years and seven times since 2002.

Canada finished 0-for-3 on the power play while the Americans were 1-for-4.

Canada will have its final exhibition game Tuesday against the Czech Republic before opening the world under-18 tournament Thursday against Slovakia. The Canadians will also face Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in preliminary round action.

RECENT NHL TRADES
Player/s Team Team Player/s
Jokinen
MORE
Lindstrom,
2016 pick
Wisniewski,
2015 pick

MORE
Bourque,
Karlsson,
2015 pick
Zidlicky
MORE
Cond. pick
Petry
MORE
2015 picks
Yandle, Summers, 2015 pick
MORE
Moore,
Duclair,
picks
View all trades
Quote of the Day

I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.

— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday
2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series GigaPixel