Edmonton, AB --
Canada fired 10 goals and Scott Harrington registered four points to help Canada remain undefeated at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Thursday.
Once again, Rexall Place was awash in red and white as the fans came out in force to support Team Canada as they took on Team Denmark in World Junior Hockey action. The Canadians were expected to come out on top and there were no surprises.
The final score of 10-2 was not indicative of the effort put forth by the Danish Team.
Canadian forward Brendan Gallagher summed up the feeling of the Canadian players, “They worked hard and we respect them a lot,” said Gallagher, “We appreciate how hard they worked. They made it hard on us at times.”
The Canadians were the first to light up the scoreboard less than three minutes into the game with a goal by Florida Panther prospect, Quinton Howden who buried the puck under the cross bar.
Brett Connolly continued his dominance for Team Canada as he outworked the Danish defenceman for a short-handed marker six minutes into the first period and a fatal turnover by the Danes in the offensive zone led to a goal by Canadian forward, Mark Stone, who notched his fifth goal of the tournament.
The offence didn’t end there.
With only a minute to go in the first period, Ryan Strome got his seventh point in the tournament with a goal to put the Canadians up 4-0. Danish goalie, Sebastian Feuk faced 19 shots in the first frame, while Canadian goalie, Mark Visentin had a mere three shots.
Period two saw the Canadians continue their dominance with a quick goal 25 seconds in on a point shot from defenceman, Scott Harrington, a prospect of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Four minutes later, Mark Stone netted his second goal of the contest to put the Canucks up by six. Freddie Hamilton put the team up by a converted touchdown on his first goal of the tournament. The Danes were unable to notch a point despite having the only three power play opportunities of the period.
Denmark broke the Canadian shutout just over four minutes in to the third frame. The pro Canadian crowd cheered for the Danes who, although clearly out matched, had worked hard all game to earn their first goal. Five minutes later, the Danes finally capitalized on the power play with a goal by Emil Kristensen, his first of the tournament.
Denmark received their first penalty of the game on a tripping call to Nicklas Jensen and the Canadians made them pay. Brandon Gormley netted his first goal of the tournament to give the Canucks a six point spread and then potted another, a couple of minutes later. Brendan Gallagher received a long lead pass to score Canada’s second short - handed goal of the evening.
The Danish goalie faced a total of 51 Canadian shots on the night while Canadian net minder, Mark Visentin stopped 24 shots.
Canada needs to now change gears as they prepare for their match up against the Americans on New Year’s Eve. One can assume that the level of competition will be considerably higher than what they faced this evening even though the Americans recently lost a big game to Finland.
The Canadians aren’t taking the challenge lightly.
“They’re a good team,” said Gallagher. “They’re going to want to send a message to us so we’ve got to be ready and we’ve got to continue to do the things that have made us successful.”
Author: Jason Johnson