The 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship continued in Montreal and Toronto on Tuesday, with one Canadiens prospects hitting the ice on the fifth day of the annual tournament.
Slovakia 5 – Germany 2 – Bell Centre
Canadiens prospects involved:
Slovakia: Martin Reway (Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall in 2013)
Martin Reway registered a hat-trick to pace Slovakia to an all-important 5-2 victory on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The Slovaks secured third place in Group A with the win, and earned a berth in the quarter-finals.
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“It’s a good feeling for us. We believe we can do this,” offered Reway, who also won 66.7 percent of his draws in the face-off circle, picked up four shots on goal and finished the game with a plus-4 differential. “Finishing in third place is good for next year’s rankings. It’s good for the future of Slovakia. We’ve got to make sure that we play the same way in the quarter-finals. I’m pretty happy with the team effort against Germany.”
Reway hadn’t lit the lamp in Slovakia’s three previous outings during the preliminary round, so he was pleased to find the back of the net for his country in a critical tilt.
“I’m just trying to do what I can for the team, whether it’s in the defensive zone or the offensive zone. I’m just trying to be a good leader. It’s my third World Juniors. I’ve got to keep taking care of things,” stressed Reway, whose squad outshot Germany by a 35-30 margin on Tuesday night. “I’m happy that we won. Hopefully, we can keep playing like this.”
The Slovaks also got goals from Robert Lantosi and Matus Sukel, while netminder Denis Godla was strong once again between the pipes.
Slovakia is looking to improve on a pair of eighth-place finishes it posted at the World Junior Hockey Championship over the last two years.