Canada 8 - Switzerland 0
CANADIAN JUNIORS PEPPER SWITZERLAND GOALIES FOR 46 SHOTS, EIGHT GOALS
OSHAWA, Ont. – The tests are only going to get harder for Canada's world junior hockey team,buttheplayerspassed the first one with flying colours.
Playing the first of three pre-tournament games before a packed house Monday, the Canadians jumpedouttoa3-0 lead in the first five minutes in, cruising to an 8-0 win over Switzerland.
Sean Couturier, the youngest player on the Canadian squad, had a goal and three assists,includingahelperon Marcus Foligno's goal just 1:25 into the game.
Afterward, to a man, the Canadian players spoke of the team's depth, which many believe tobeitsbiggeststrength.
"All four lines contributed and that's what we need to win," said Couturier, the only Canadianplayeryettobe drafted into the NHL. "We were blocking shots, chipping pucks out and creating a lot ofthingsonoffencewith our forecheck. It was a good night for us."
There were eight different goal scorers for Canada, with 13 players registering at least a point.
Foligno, Louis Leblanc, Tyson Barrie, Casey Cizikas and Carter Ashton each had a goal andanassist,whileJaden Schwartz and Calvin de Haan, captain of the hometown Oshawa Generals, also scored.
"It was an unbelievable feeling. I got a standing ovation there for a bit, and it feels great,"saiddeHaan,who pointed to his parents in the crowd after scoring Canada's seventh goal late in thesecondperiod."It wasjust a great feeling."
Foligno opened the scoring on a rebound, sliding a shot past Swiss goalie Benjamin Conzfromadifficultangle.
There were several nice passing plays resulting in goals as well, including one-timers by Cizikastomakethescore 3-0 4:51 into the game and Barrie to make it 4-0 on a power play 4:25 into the second.
Schwartz, Leblanc and Couturier all ripped pinpoint wrist shots past an overwhelmed Conz,whowaspulledafter allowing seven goals on 28 shots through two periods. Lukas Meili was excellentinrelief,allowingonly one goal on 18 shots.
Ashton scored that 8:45 into the third period to make it 8-0 after barging to the net andpokingithome.
Mark Visentin wasn't tested much in earning the shutout for Canada, facing only 20 shots,fewofthemdangerous.
"I think we worked our gameplan to perfection," said Canadian captain Ryan Ellis, who won goldin2009andsilver last year. "We're not super, super skilled, so I think just keeping it simple is thekey."
Canada has exhibition games against Sweden on Tuesday in Toronto and Finland on ThursdayinKitchener,Ont.,before opening the tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., on Boxing Day against Russia.
"I think there's a lot of excitement," said Ellis. "In the past, there's kind of been a lotexpected,andIthink there's a lot of doubters out there this year.
"I think there's a lot of excitement and a lot of pride going into it this year."
|Arena||General Motors Centre||City, Country||Oshawa, Ont.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/20/2010||Time||07:00 PM ET|
01:25 CAN 17 Marcus Foligno (7 Sean Couturier, 6 Ryan Ellis)
03:14 CAN 8 Jaden Schwartz (20 Louis Leblanc)
04:51 CAN 11 Casey Cizikas (25 Carter Ashton)
04:24 CAN 22 Tyson Barrie (21 Cody Eakin, 7 Sean Couturier)
08:05 CAN 20 Louis Leblanc (12 Quinton Howden, 28 Brett Connolly)
15:45 CAN 7 Sean Couturier (17 Marcus Foligno, 4 Dylan Olsen)
16:39 CAN 24 Calvin de Haan (22 Tyson Barrie, 7 Sean Couturier) PP
08:45 CAN 25 Carter Ashton (11 Casey Cizikas)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|