2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #23
Quarter-final
Final
January 2, 2018 4:00 pm EST
Key Bank Center
Buffalo, N.Y.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
F
Teams
1
2
3
F
3
3
2
8
0
1
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
19
19
22
60
5
7
3
15

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 4
6
0 / 3
8

Game Story

CANADA ROLLS OVER SWISS, MOVES INTO SEMIFINALS AT WJC

JASON LA ROSE

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Drake Batherson (New Minas, N.S./Cape Breton, QMJHL) scored a pair of goals and Brett Howden (Oakbank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) added a goal and three assists, sending Canada's National Junior Team to the semifinals at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship with an 8-2 quarter-final win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

The Canadians will face the Czech Republic in the semis on Thursday. The game time will be confirmed once all four quarter-finals have been completed.

Canada controlled the play from the first drop of the puck, scoring three times in the first 13 minutes and directing 60 shots at the Swiss goaltending duo of Philip Wüthrich and Matteo Ritz.

Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL) needed to make just 13 saves to record his third win of the tournament.

It took less than a minute for the scoring to start; Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) fed Howden for a 1-0 lead just 48 seconds after the puck dropped.

Cale Makar (Calgary, Alta./University of Massachusetts, HE) made it three consecutive games with a goal, dancing in off the blue-line and wiring a wrist shot past Wüthrich at 8:29, and Batherson jammed in a power play goal from in close at 12:06 to send Canada to the intermission up three.

Batherson added his second goal just past the six-minute mark of the second period, jumping off the bench and picking up a loose puck before picking the top corner over the glove of Wüthrich.

He played a role in the fifth Canadian goal without being on the ice; after Jordan Kyrou (Toronto, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) broke his stick, he grabbed Batherson's just seconds before snapping a quick shot under the arm of Wüthrich.

That was all for the Swiss goaltender, who was replaced by Ritz.

Dario Rohrbach got one back for Switzerland at 8:46 when his redirection hit the skate of Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Boston University, HE) and eluded Hart, but Conor Timmins (Thorold, Ont./Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) snuck in off the blue-line to finish a Tyler Steenbergen (Sylvan Lake, Alta./Swift Current, WHL) set-up and restore the five-goal lead after 40 minutes.

Less than a minute after Axel Simic scored shorthanded for the Swiss just past the midway mark of the third period, Dillon Dubé (Cochrane, Alta./Kelowna, WHL) ripped home a one-timer to make it 7-2, and Comtois put in his own rebound in the final minute to finish the scoring.

The Canadians got multi-point efforts from six players - in addition to Batherson and Howden, Comtois had a goal and two assists, and Timmins, Makar and Kyrou chipped in with a goal and a helper apiece.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Brett Howden

Assists: Maxime Comtois, Cale Makar
00:48
GOAL
Goal: Cale Makar

Assists: Conor Timmins, Maxime Comtois
08:29
PENALTY
Penalty: Nicolas Muller
Hooking (2:00)
11:18
GOAL
Goal: Drake Batherson (power play)

Assists: Boris Katchouk, Robert Thomas
12:06
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Drake Batherson

Assists: Brett Howden
06:12
GOAL
Goal: Jordan Kyrou

Assists: Sam Steel
07:24
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Matteo Ritz

07:24
GOAL
Goal: Dario Rohrbach

Assists: Simon le Coultre, Guillaume Maillard
08:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Tobias Geisser
Cross-Checking (2:00)
10:44
PENALTY
Penalty: Kale Clague
Interference (2:00)
11:42
GOAL
Goal: Conor Timmins

Assists: Tyler Steenbergen, Brett Howden
12:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Taylor Raddysh
Boarding (2:00)
14:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Kale Clague
Holding (2:00)
19:33
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Davyd Barandun
Delay of Game (2:00)
05:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Marco Cavalleri
High-Sticking (2:00)
10:00
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Axel Simic

Assists: Guillaume Maillard
10:26
GOAL
Goal: Dillon Dubé (power play)

Assists: Jordan Kyrou, Taylor Raddysh
11:12
GOAL
Goal: Maxime Comtois

Assists: Brett Howden
19:10

Goaltender Leaders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Carter Hart CAN 60 15 13 2 0.867
Philip Wüthrich SUI 27 27 22 5 0.815
Matteo Ritz SUI 32 33 30 3 0.909

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 3 - Points 4
G 1 - A 3 - PTS 4
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - PTS 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1
Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - PTS 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - PTS 1

Previous Games

3 - 1 W v SwedenSWE
Jan 5, 2018
2 - 8 L v CanadaCAN
Jan 2, 2018
7 - 2 W v Czech RepublicCZE
Jan 4, 2018
3 - 6 L v Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 31, 2017
8 - 2 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Jan 2, 2018
2 - 7 L @ SwedenSWE
Dec 30, 2017
Videos
Photos
2018 OLY: CAN 4 – KOR 0 (Preliminary)
Four players scored and Poulin had the SO to send Canada to the QFs.
2018 OLY: CZE 3 – CAN 2 SO (Preliminary)
Mason Raymond and René Bourque scored PP goals, but Canada fell to the Czech Republic in extra time.
2018 OLY: CAN 5 – SUI 1 (Preliminary)
René Bourque and Wojtek Wolski scored two goals each, leading Canada past Switzerland in its opener.
2018 OLY: CAN 2 – USA 1 (Preliminary)
Geneviève Lacasse made 44 saves, backstopping Canada to a win over the U.S. and first in Group A.
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