Thursday, December 30, 2004
ATLANTIC 7 CZECH REPUBLIC 2
Team Atlantic’s enthusiastic response to their goals has seemed to rub off on the pro-Canada crowd at the Enmax Centre. The team is looking to establish a new goal scoring tradition, as the player who scores leaps into the waiting arms of his fellow teammates near the middle of the player’s bench. That enthusiasm rubbed off on the team as well. Team Atlantic scored 6 straight power play goals, giving them a 7-2 victory and their first win in round robin play. The Czech Republic suffered their second loss in as many days and is still searching for their first point of the tournament. Blake Gallagher and James Sheppard of Team Atlantic each collected 3 points. Jiri Tlusty was the player of the game for the Czech Republic. Gallagher was the player of the game for Team Atlantic.
WEST 4 SLOVAKIA 1
Although, the weather outside proved to be cold, inside the Nicholas Sheran Arena things were heating up. A packed crowd gathered to see Team Slovakia play Team West. though both teams had their chances, it was Team West that opened the scoring in the first period with a wrist shot from the slot by Blair Macauley (12). Captain Jonathan Toews (9) scored in the second, added by a backhand goal by winger Kirt Hill (19). In the third period, Team Slovakia got on the score board as Erik Calad (18), scored his third goal of the tournament on power play goal. Ian Duval (17), added one more for Team West to preserve a 4-1 victory. The player of the game for Team West was Jonathan Toews (9). Team Slovakia player of the game was Kristian Krajcik (6). The shots on goal were 43 for Team West and 22 for Team Slovakia.
GERMANY 1 UNITED STATES 5
The first period of the game was pretty evenly matched with the slight advantage going to Team USA, when speedy Rhett Rakhishani moved in from the red line, split the defense and scored giving Team USA an early lead. The second period was all Team USA, as four goals found that back of the twine. Forward Luke Popko scored two goals, while Michael Carmen and Kyle Okposo each scored one. With a minute left in the third period Robert Bote scored for Team Germany, ending the shutout for Team USA goalie Joseph Palmer. The player of the Game for Team USA was Rhett Rakhishani. Bruce Becker received the player of the game for Team Germany. Team USA is 1-0-1, while Team Germany falls to 0-2 in the tournament.
PACIFIC 7 FINLAND 7
Two power-play goals in the first period for Team Finland was enough to silence the Enmax Centre audience, as Team Pacific found themselves in a 2 goal deficit after 20 minutes. A third goal by the Finns early in the second period, caused Pacific’s head coach Bill Peters to call a sudden time out. The moment of reflection served well for the local favorites, as Pacific scored two quick goals to pull within one. The two teams traded goals back and forth for the remainder of the period to end the frame with a 5-3 lead for Finland. The game seemed to be out of reach as Finland built a 7-3 lead in the third period. Pacific mounted an impressive comeback to the delight of the Lethbridge audience however, scoring 4 straight goals to tie the game at 7. The final 5 minutes did not see any scoring, so both teams walked away with a tie. Finland and Pacific both leave the night’s contest with a 1-0-1 record. Honorable mention to Finland’s Juuso Puustinen, who recorded a hat-trick on the evening.
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