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McDonald, Hickey help Canada thump Belarus on Saturday

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Mason McDonald, Brandon Hickey, and Team Canada thumped Belarus 7-1 in 2016 World Junior Championship exhibition action on Saturday.

McDonald, the Calgary Flames' second round pick in 2014, got the start in this morning's game. HockeyCanada.com did not have a shot count while McDonald was in net but CalgaryFlames.com had the netminder facing 10 shots in his 31:32 of ice time.

He allowed one goal, a power play marker from Vladislav Goncharov at 7:25 of the second goal. The goal came right after the first of two back-to-back Canadian penalties had expired, not giving the Canadian 5-on-3 penalty killers a chance to change.

Goncharov was able to get a shot off right in front of McDonald, who made the initial glove save but was unable to get back up to make the stop off the rebound.

Samuel Montembeault took over the net in the second half of the game. He joined Team Canada after MacKenzie Blackwood was dealt an eight-game Ontario Hockey League suspension that renders him ineligible to play in the first two games of the tournament.

"I thought they were calm," head coach Dave Lowry told TSN when asked about his goaltenders. "The unfortunate thing is they didn't get a lot of work. We know moving forward they are going to be challenged."

Hickey was pointless in the victory but logged plenty of ice time, including being a big part of Canada's penalty killing. The Flames' third round selection in 2014 is one of nine defencemen remaining in contention for a spot on the Canadian blueline.

Canada is back in action tomorrow against the Czech Republic. TSN is carrying the game at 8:00 AM MT. Lowry has not announced his starting goaltender or roster for tomorrow's game.

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