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WJC NOTES - December 28, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

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Nigel Dawes picked up two points with pair of assists in Canada's 9-0 shutout over Germany at the 2005 World Junior Championship on Tuesday. Dawes leads Rangers prospects in total points with three (one goal, two assists) and in penalty minutes with six. Canada is undefeated after three games played and leads Group B teams.

Six of seven participating prospects take to the ice Wednesday as World Championship play continues. The Czech Republic (Jakub Petruzalek) faces Switzerland (Philippe Furrer), Finland (Lauri Korpikoski) meets Sweden, Belarus takes on USA (Al Montoya, Ryan Callahan) and Slovakia (Ivan Baranka) meets Germany.

Nigel Dawes (Canada) ... earned two assists in Canada's 9-0 shutout over Germany. RECAPS: December 28, 2004 >>

Canada 9, Germany 0

There were no surprises in Grand Forks on Tuesday night as the undefeated Canadians cruised to a 9-0 win over the battle-weary Germans.

It took 10 minutes for Canada to get its offense started, but once the ignition was lit, there was no stopping the heavily-favoured team. Andrew Ladd kicked things off at the 10:05 mark and Clark MacArthur doubled things up 46 seconds later.

A pair of power-play goals at the end of the period including a two-man advantage tally from Sidney Crosby made it a 4-0 game.

Ryan Getzlaf made it a five-goal game at the beginning of the second period, prompting Germany to change its goaltender from Youri Ziffzer to Thomas Greiss. It only took three minutes for Greiss to be welcomed to the game when Anthony Stewart scored with four minutes left in the period. Overall, both German goaltenders were kept busy as Canada out-shot Germany nearly four-to-one.

"We knew going into the game that it would be a David and Goliath situation," Germany assistant coach Uwe Krupp said. "Our goal at this tournament is to stay in the top division, while Canada has different goals."

Stewart and Crosby both got their second goals of the game in the third period, while Colin Fraser added his first to bring the total to 9-0. It was the first shut-out for Canada. Rejean Beauchemin was in net for the win.

Canada, which has tomorrow off, leads the B Group with a 3-0-0 record and has out-scored its opponents 24-4. Germany will look for its first win of the tournament in its final game of the preliminary round tomorrow against Slovakia.
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