The Canadian team proved once again to be the favorite of this year´s World Junior championship. After yesterday´s victory of 3:0 over the Czechs, kept their shutout streak alive against the Slovaks, in which the score finished 2:0. The forward Kyle Turris starred with two goals. Steve Mason stood between the bars for Canada.
|Slovakia - Canada 0:2 (0:0, 0:1, 0:1)|
|Goals and assists: 21. a 54. Turris.
Referee: Bulanov, Piechazcek. Linesmen: Gordenko, Winnekens.
Powerplay goals: 0:2. Shortanded goals: 0:0.
Shots on goal: 22:32.|
|Slovakia: Hudáček (Hiadlovský) - Biro, Ďaloga, Beňa, Bališ, Mikuš, Kozák, Krajčík, Zukal - Roháč, Marcinko, Lušňák - Slovák, Skokan, Čaládi - Jančovič, Češík, Šinkovič - Suja, Ďuriš, Jurík |
|Canada: Mason (Bernier) - Alzner, Doughty, Hickey, Schenn, Pyett, Godfrey, Subban - Boychuk, Sutter, Legein - Marchand, Turris, Giroux - Matthias, Stamkos, Halischuk - Gillies, Holzapfel, Simmonds - Tavares |
In the second day of tournament play here in Pardubice, Slovakia hosted Canada at the ČEZ Arena. After having trouble containing Sweden yesterday, the Slovak team looked to turn things around heading into their second game.
The arena lacked the noise and immersiveness of the 10 057 fans that showed up to see their home team play Canada, however the fans that did make it out to the game, which again included pockets of Canadian fans decked out in Team Canada gear, still brought these young teams the energy that we have seen throughout the tournament.
The beginning of the game was again marked by many penalties, this time it was mainly Team Canada failing to capitalize on the man advantage. This seems to be the big problem for some teams during these early tournament games. However, the Slovaks had a hard time against the strong Canadian defense and couldn’t manage that key first goal.
For the remainder of the game the special teams for both clubs didn’t get much of a break. “We proved to ourselves, we can play against teams like Canada. But just while playing full strength, with four players we have no chance,” said the Slovak goalie Julius Hudáček. The Canadians finally put their name on the scoreboard when Kyle Turris beautifully deflected a shot past the Slovak goalie, Julius Hudáček, from Karl Alzner while playing on a 5-on-3 advantage. Drew Doughty also picked up an assist on the play.
Neither team managed another powerplay goal until Turris put in a second from Doughty in the third period. Karl Alzner had a few words about the powerplay situation for Canada: “We played too much down low, I think we need to have a little more communication between the forwards and the defense.”
Overall, the game was very tightly played and there was not much room out there on the ice. “It’s tough for our boys to play after an emotional game like the one last night against the Czechs. The game was a lot tighter than when we originally played last week,” said the Canadian coach Craig Hartsburg, in reference to the exhibition game that was played last week, which ended 6 to 1 in Canada’s favour.
Both goalies made a few good saves but Canada’s 32 shots versus Slovakia’s 22 resulted in the score being 2-0 when the final buzzer sounded. Mason picked up his first shutout of the tournament much like his partner Bernier did last night.
The Slovakian team had another well played game but similarly to their first game against Sweden, they did not come out victorious. “We are satisfied with our performance so far, seeing as how we were the underdog in both games we have played so far, we hope to do better against the Czech Republic later this week,” said the Slovak head coach Stefan Mikes.
Craig Hartsburg (coach of Canada):
It was a tight battle today and the Slovaks really competed hard. Its tough for our boys to come here and play after such as emotional game like the one last night against the Czechs. It was really a lot tighter game (then when we played the Slovaks a week ago, in which it ended 6 to 1.)
Stefan Mikes (coach of Slovakia):
We knew what the game would be about beforehand seeing as we played them a week ago. We played good defense and our team played the best they could. We did, however, get too many penalties and it was after an easy mistake during a 5 on 3 that Canada really capitalized. We are satisfied with our performance so far since we were the underdog in both games. We hope to do better in a few days against the Czech Republic.