CANADA CRUISES PAST CZECHS IN MEMORIAL OF IVAN HLINKA OPENER
BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Canada's men's under-18 team opened the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament with a 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Monday.
Goaltender Julio Billia earned a shutout stopping 13 shots, while Czech goaltender Vit Vanecek was far busier with 38 saves.
Billia was named Canada's player of the game, but head coach Dale Hunter pointed to defenceman Aaron Ekblad as key to the team's win.
Ekblad, the team's captain who Hunter calls “a big horse,” finished the game with three assists. Hunter said Ekblad is versatile as both an offensive and defensive blue-liner, and that his locker-room influence is invaluable.
“He's a leader on and off the ice. He's got a presence about himself,” said Hunter. “He cares about the kids and takes care of them. He's one of these leaders that talks to them. He doesn't yell and scream at them. They look up to him and he's got a presence about himself.”
Dal Colle started Canada's attack with a power-play goal just 2:24 into the first period, and Fleury added another on the power play with three seconds left in the period.
Watson was pulled down on a breakaway but capitalized on the penalty shot at 17:55 in the second. Audette added the game's final goal during another power play 1:24 into the third.
Canada next plays Sweden on Tuesday. The Swedes opened the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Switzerland on Monday. Elsewhere, Finland edged the United States 3-2 in overtime and Russia beat Slovakia 2-1.
|Arena||Alcaplast Arena||City, Country||Breclav, CZE|
|Date||Monday, August 5, 2013
|Goals & Penalties/ Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période|
02:24 CAN Michael Dal Colle (Aaron Ekblad, Robby Fabbri) PP/AN
19:57 CAN Haydn Fleury (Aaron Ekblad) PP/AN
01:10 CZE Pavel Pycha (Hooking/Accrocher)
16:34 CAN Clark Bishop (Holding/Retenir)
18:33 CZE Bench/Banc (Too Many Players/Trop du joueurs)
|Second Period/Deuxième période|
17:55 CAN Spencer Watson PS/LP
06:05 CAN Jayce Hawryluk (Interference/Obstruction)
09:07 CZE Ondrej Miklis (Interference/Obstruction)
11:59 CAN Carl Neill (Hooking/Accrocher)
17:08 CZE Dominik Masin (Hooking/Accrocher)
|Third Period/Troisième période|
01:24 CAN Daniel Audette (Michael Dal Colle) PP/AN
00:32 CZE Filip Pyrochta (Interference/Obstruction)
04:21 CAN Hayden Fleury (Kneeing/Donner du genou)
09:32 CZE Pavel Zacha (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
12:06 CAN Jayce Hawryluk (Interference/Obstruction)
16:21 CZE Filip Pyrochta (Holding/Retenir)
18:57 CAN Michael Dal Colle (Hooking/Accrocher)
19:48 CAN Clark Bishop (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|