OSLO (Norway) - Dale McTavish and Jim Hiller each scored twice to lead the Canadian national hockey team to a 7-3 win over Germany at the Rimi Cup tournament in Oslo, Norway, but the host country's 4-3 victory over France gave them the title with an undefeated record.
Canada posted a two-win and one-loss record in the four-country competition, having lost 4-3 to Norway and defeat France 6-0, to clinch second place. The tournament ends tomorrow with winless France and Germany battling it out for third place.
"This was a very physical game that saw our special teams make the difference," said Canadian coach Tom Renney. "Now we have to carry this momentum into the tougher Sweden Games where we'll face the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden."
Game referee Tor Hansen of Norway handed out nine minor penalties to Canada and six to Germany. Both teams scored two power-play goals.
Montreal's Dany Bousquet opened the scoring giving Canada a 1-0 lead at the 7:29 on a power-play goal. Kelly Askew of Calgary and Mark Kaufmann of Vancouver recorded the assists. Dieter Hegen of Germany tied the game on their own man-advantage goal at 11:23 to end the first period scoring at 1-1.
Renney's squad took control of the game in the middle frame scoring four times to Germany's one goal for a 5-2 score after 40 minutes. Hiller of Cranbrook, B.C., scored his first of two goals at the 2:30 minute mark to break the 1-1 tie. Askew had his second assist and Brad Layzell of Beaconsfield, Quebec, helped out on the goal.
The Canadians doubled their lead, 3-1, at 4:53 on McTavish's first goal. Dallas Gaume, playing in Norway, and Mike Bodnerchuk of Bramalea, Ontario, assisted. Germany's Mark MacKay brought his team to within a goal at 8:31 on a power-play, but the German's failed to tie the game before Canada added another two.
Calgary's Jason Young and McTavish provided the other second period firepower. Young's power-play goal at 12:26 was assisted by McTavish and Kitchener, Ontario's Nick Stajduhar. McTavish combined with Young and Hiller for his second goal of the game and a 5-2 scored after two periods.
Germany came as close as two goals from the Canadians when Rochus Schneider scored at the 12:49 minute mark of the third period to make it 5-3.
Canada's national squad responded with Hiller's second of the game at 16:40 and from Bodnarchuk at 19:03 for the 7-3 final score. Toronto's Bryan Muir and Young helped out on Hiller's goal, while McTavish had his fourth point of the game in assisting Bodnarchuk.
Goalkeeper Mark Cavallin of Mississauga, Ontario, earned his second consecutive win, stopping 30 shots.
Canada's 1995-96 record after 36 games stands at 24 wins, eight losses and four ties. The national team leaves tomorrow morning for Stockholm and the Sweden Games, a round-robin tournament with Canada, the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden. Canada opens against Sweden on February 8.
Rimi Cup - Oslo, Norway
February 6 - Canada 7 Germany 3; Norway 4 France 3
February 7 - Germany vs France
The Canadian national team's upcoming schedule for the Sweden Games in Stockholm is as follows:
February 8 - Czech Republic vs Russia; Canada vs Sweden
February 9 - Sweden vs Russia
February 10 - Canada vs Czech Republic
February 11 - Czech Republic vs Sweden; Canada vs Russia