Ontario 7 - Czech Republic 1
ONTARIO OPENS U17S WITH ROMP OVER CZECHS
by Garrick Kozier
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – If defense wins championships, then count Ontario among the favourites atthe2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Plenty of big hits and blocked shots led Ontario to a 7-1 win overtheCzech Republic on Wednesday night.
Ontario’s defence did an excellent job at containing the quick and speedy Czechs. Patrik Machac,whoharkened images of a young Jaromir Jagr with his effortless stick handling, was curtailed by theOntarioblueliners on more than one occasion.
A first-period goal from Ontario’s Slater Koekkoek brought an enthusiastic crowd at the PCU Centre totheirfeet, as the defenceman raced away on a breakaway before lighting the lamp behind Czech goaltenderDavidGaba.
Koekkoek’s goal seemed to energize his Ontario teammates, as they came off the ensuing faceoff landinganumber of big hits on their Czech opponents.
Ontario sniper Mathew Campanga scored on a smooth wrist shot from just inside the point to make thegame2-0 at 4:46 of the second period before Chris Marchese made it a three-goal lead just six secondslater.
Scott Laughton and Martin Matecjek traded goals before the end of the middle frame, and KerbyRychel,Andreas Athanasiou and Gianluca Curcuruto rounded out the rest of Ontario’s tallies in the thirdperiod.
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/29/2010||Time||07:30 PM CT|
|Czech Republic (CZE)||0||1||0||1|
07:39 ONT 2 Slater Koekkoek PP
04:46 ONT 15 Mathew Campagna (21 Andreas Athanasiou)
04:52 ONT 20 Chris Marchese (15 Mathew Campagna)
07:42 ONT 11 Scott Laughton (3 Jesse Graham, 9 Matia Marcantuoni) PP
11:54 CZE 14 Martin Matejcek (9 Jan Schleiss, 11 Patrik Machac) PP
00:58 ONT 18 Kerby Rychel (7 Marcus McIvor, 17 Sean Monahan)
10:59 ONT 21 Andreas Athanasiou (15 Mathew Campagna, 20 Chris Marchese)
17:51 ONT 4 Gianluca Curcuruto (7 Marcus McIvor, 17 Sean Monahan) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Lines People||Kyle Mahoney, Scott Wilson|
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