Norway 1 - Canada 10
SCHENN FOUR GOALS TO LEAD CANADA TO THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY, 10-1 OVER NORWAY
BUFFALO, N.Y. – In a lineup depleted by suspension and injuries, hot-handed Brayden Schenn stepped up withanother big game for Canada at the world junior hockey championship.
The Brandon Wheat Kings centre and Los Angeles Kings prospect had four goals and an assist for his secondstraight five-point game to lead short-handed Canada to a 10-1 rout of lowly Norway on Wednesday night.
Canada has opened the tournament with three straight victories and Schenn leads all scorers with six goalsand six assists. That's as hot as the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn recallsever being.
“Last year my linemate in Brandon Matt Keller and me had, I think, 12 points in three games at the end ofthe year, but (league) junior is not the level of this right now,” Schenn said. “This is a pretty prestigioustournament.
“You've got to shoot at the right times and pick the right spots. Obviously I'm getting a few breaks –pucks squeaking under their arms – but as long as it stays that way I'll be happy.”
Canada has scored 23 goals in three straight wins in the preliminary round heading into what may be adecisive match for first place in its group on Friday against Sweden (2-0), which plays the Czech Republic onThursday.
It may take a victory over the powerful Swedes, who should be Canada's toughest challenge to date, to earna bye to the semifinals.
“Now we've got a real test with Sweden next, we're looking forward to it,” Schenn said.
In Wednesday's other game, Finland downed Germany 5-1.
Canada was reduced to 16 skaters as Zack Kassian served the first of a two-game suspension for a hit tothe head during a 7-2 win Tuesday over the Czech Republic and defenceman Calvin de Haan and forward JadenSchwartz sat out with lower body injuries. Forward Cody Eakin skated in the warm-up but then also sat outwith a suspected hand or wrist injury.
“It was tough,” team captain Ryan Ellis said. “We were short a few bodies but everyone played well and weaccomplished what we wanted.”
Erik Gudbranson, with two, Casey Cizikas, Louis Leblanc, Sean Couturier and Marcus Foligno also scored fora Canadian team thought before the tournament to be high on muscle and low on offensive punch.
Schenn split the start of the season between the Kings and their AHL farm club before being sent back toBrandon of the Western Hockey League in early December. He spent a lot of time out of the lineup in LosAngeles and admitted he was a little rusty when he reported to the Canadian team selection camp in Torontotwo weeks ago.
“I wasn't at the top of my game,” he said. “I used the three pre-tournament games to get ready.
“I didn't play lot of hockey through the first half, but now my legs are under me and I've got my speedback.”
Asked if perhaps he is making the Kings regret their decision to send him back to junior, Schenn lookedaghast and said: “I'm not going to comment on that, that's their decision.
“It would be nice to still be up there but the Kings are a good team and they're pretty deep at centre.We'll see what next year brings. I'll use this tournament to prepare for this season and hopefully I'll be inL.A. one day.”
Rasmus Juell scored in the first period for Norway (0-3) against Mark Visentin, who made his first startin goal in place of Olivier Roy.
While most of Norway's 32 shots were from far out, he made a handful of sharp saves including one at thedoorstep on Nicolai Bryhnisveen in the first, when the Norwegians had 16 of their 32 shots.
“The one in the first period I caused on myself with a bad rebound,” he said. “If I let that in it wouldbe totally my fault.
“But the defence did a good job of pushing the shots outside. As the game wore on we got better.”
After Schenn scored Canada's fifth goal at 14:34 of the first, Norwegian starter Steffen Soberg didn'twait to be called but skated straight to the bench to be replaced by Lars Volden after facing only 12 shots.Volden was solid after giving up two goals early in his stint. Canada had 43 shots overall.
“We had high expectations, but the (atmosphere in) the building got to be too much for some guys,” saidNorwegian coach Geir Hoff. “We overplayed a bit.
“It was maybe a mistake by me to put the younger goalie (Soberg) in the net, but he played well all yearand deserved the chance.”
The crowd at HSBC Arena was a little smaller than for Canada's first two games but was stilloverwhelmingly red and white and boisterous as Canada built a 6-1 first-period lead. Schenn scored 44 secondsinto the middle period then Canada produced another three goals in the final 3:25 of play.
Cizikas scored 2:01 into the game on a feed at the side of the net from Brett Connolly and Schenn bangedin Ryan Johansen's pass at 4:50 and that effectively ended any hope of drama.
One small victory for Norway: After scoring seven goals on 12 chances in their first two games, Canada washeld to 0-for-3 on the power play.
Notes: This is Norway's seventh appearance at the world junior and they have a 3-39-0 all-time record … ACzech official said Petr Senkerik, the player flattened by Kassian on Tuesday, is feeling good but has slightheadaches. He didn't practise Wednesday and is doubtful to play Thursday against Sweden … The U.S. team saysJerry D'Amigo and Jason Zucker, both victims of head hits by Slovak players, are day-to-day.
|Arena||HSBC Arena||City, Country||Buffalo, NY|
|Month / Day / Year||12/29/2010||Time||07:30 PM ET|
02:01 CAN 11 Casey Cizikas (28 Brett Connolly)
04:40 CAN 10 Brayden Schenn (19 Ryan Johansen, 4 Dylan Olsen)
10:45 CAN 5 Erik Gudbranson (10 Brayden Schenn, 6 Ryan Ellis)
13:27 CAN 20 Louis Leblanc (17 Marcus Foligno)
13:35 NOR 12 Rasmus Juell
14:34 CAN 10 Brayden Schenn (12 Quinton Howden, 5 Erik Gudbranson)
18:00 CAN 17 Marcus Foligno (20 Louis Leblanc)
00:44 CAN 10 Brayden Schenn (12 Quinton Howden, 6 Ryan Ellis)
16:35 CAN 10 Brayden Schenn (22 Tyson Barrie)
17:18 CAN 7 Sean Couturier (28 Brett Connolly, 3 Simon Després)
19:30 CAN 5 Erik Gudbranson (19 Ryan Johansen, 6 Ryan Ellis)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Canada||5 Erik Gudbranson|
|Norway||5 Tobias Skaarberg|
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