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National Junior Team Downs Swiss in Pre-World Championship Game
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December 21, 1997
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Brett McLean of Comox, BC, snapped a 2-2 tie when he scored his second goal of the game at 2:05 of the third period to lift Canada's National Junior Team to a 4-2 victory over the Swiss National Junior Team in a pre-World Junior Hockey Championship tournament game on Sunday night

Vincent Lecavalier of Ile-Bizard, QC and Jason Ward of Oshawa, ON scored the other goals for Canada, which outshot Switzerland 39-32. Roberto Luongo of Montreal played the entire game in goal for Canada, stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced.

The National Junior Team was scheduled to conclude its pre-competition camp on Monday and travel to Helsinki, Finland where the team will compete in the 1998 World Junior Hockey Championship which runs from Dec. - Jan.. Team Canada finished the pre-competition camp with a 1-1 won-lost record, after losing its first exhibition game 4-3 to the Swedish National Junior Team on Saturday.

Canada opens the World Junior Hockey Championship on Dec. 25 against the host club, Finland, a game that will be televised live on TSN and its Quebec-based sister network, RDS.TSN and RDS will televise all of Canada's tournament games, as well as the bronze- and gold-medal games.

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period

1. Switzerland, Thomas Ziegler (Rene Stussi) 10:48

2. Canada, Brett McLean 19:07

Penalties -- Josh Holden Can (interference) Marc Reichert SWI (roughing) 3:39, Mike Van Ryn CAN (hooking) 8:15, Mario Schocher SWI (holding) 12:11.

Second Period

3. Switzerland, Sandro Rizzi (Schocher) 4:48 PP

4. Canada, Vincent Lecavalier (Brian Willsie) 7:06

Penalties -- Alex Tanguay CAN (holding) 3:22, Cory Sarich (holding) 18:08, Marc Leuenberger SWI (hooking) 18:39.

Third Period

5. Canada, McLean (Daniel Tkaczuk, Jesse Wallin) 2:05 PP

6. Canada, Jason Ward (Tkaczuk, Matt Bradley) 12:30

Penalties -- Schocher SWI (slashing) 0:49, Bjorn Christen SWI (elbowing) 2:34, Van Ryn CAN (hooking) 6:53, Michel Mouther SWI (slashing) 9:11, Jean-Pierre Dumont CAN (hooking) 10:14, Adrian Wichser SWI (hooking) 10:35, Ward CAN (boarding) 12:59, Zenith Komarniski CAN (major, spearing) 15:02.

Shots on goal by: Goaltenders: (Shots/Saves)

Canada 17-10-12--39 Canada: Luongo (32/30)

Switzerland 13-10-9--32 Switzerland: David Aebischer (22/20); Marco Buhrer Attendance: 350 (17/15)


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