Game Summary
Slovakia 1 - Canada 9 | Final
 

CANADA ROUTS SLOVAKIA TO CLINCH SPOT IN HLINKA GOLD MEDAL GAME

PIESTANY, Slovakia – Three down, one to go for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament.

Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, SK/Brandon, WHL) scored once and added two assists and Ryan Ellis (Hamilton, ON/Windsor, OHL) had four helpers as Canada romped 9-1 over the tournament co-hosts from Slovakia on Thursday, completing a perfect preliminary round and booking a spot in Saturday’s gold medal game.

Despite falling behind in the game’s first minute for the second time in three preliminary round games, the game was never in doubt for Canada, who led 4-1 after one period and 7-1 after two en route to victory.

With the winner booking a trip to the gold medal game, Andrej Kudrna struck early for the Slovakians, beating Canadian goaltender Nathan Lieuwen (Abbotsford, BC/Westside, BCHL) just 34 seconds after the puck was dropped.

The Slovakian momentum lasted just 24 seconds, however, as Schenn pulled the Canadians even, taking a pass from Evander Kane (Vancouver, BC/Vancouver, WHL) and snapping a shot past netminder Juraj Hollý.

Scott Glennie (Winnipeg, MB/Brandon, WHL) gave the Canadians their first lead of the game at the eight-minute mark, stuffing a loose puck past Hollý, and goals from Louis Leblanc (Kirkland, QC/Lac St-Louis, LHMAAAQ) and Ryan O’Reilly (Seaforth, ON/Erie, OHL) 56 seconds apart late in the opening frame sent Canada to the intermission with a 4-1 lead.

It took just 48 seconds of the second period for the lead to reach four goals, as Simon Després (Laval, QC/Saint John, QMJHL) took a drop pass from Glennie and snapped a shot past Hollý, whose night came to an end just minutes later.

Cody Eakin (Winnipeg, MB/Swift Current, WHL) blasted a shot past Tomáš Pék, the new Slovakian netminder, six minutes after Després’ marker, and Jimmy Bubnick (Saskatoon, SK/Kamloops, WHL) converted a rebound from an Ellis point shot on a Canadian powerplay with just five seconds left in the frame, making it 7-1 after 40 minutes.

The Slovakians came out a deflated team in the third period, and it showed on the shot clock as Canada held a whopping 23-1 advantage in the final 20 minutes. The Canadians outshot Slovakia 53-14 overall.

Garrett Mitchell (Regina, SK/Regina, WHL) and Leblanc, with his second of the game, rounded out the scoring in the third as Canada got its offense into gear just in time for Saturday’s goal medal game, where the opposition will be Russia.

Saturday’s game (12:30 p.m. EDT) marks the first meeting between the two countries at the U18 level since April’s gold medal game at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia, which Canada won 8-0 to claim the world title.

LISTEN! Defenseman Taylor Doherty talks about getting ready for Saturday’s gold medal game vs. Russia

 

Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Location/Emplacement Piestany, SVK
Date Thu. Aug. 14, 2008 Arena/Aréna Zimny Stadium
Time/Heure 10:30 ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game # 11

 

Box Score/Compte

1

2

3

Final

SVK

1

0

0

1

CAN

4

3

2

9

 

Goals/Penalties
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
00:34 SVK
12 Andrej Kudrna (8 Filip Jánošík, 19 Dalibor Bortňák)
00:58 CAN 22 Brayden Schenn (28 Evander Kane, 9 Ryan Ellis)
07:59 CAN 27 Scott Glennie (28 Evander Kane, 9 Ryan Ellis) PP
14:01 CAN 17 Louis Leblanc (29 Matthew Duchene, 9 Ryan Ellis)
14:57 CAN 16 Ryan O Reilly (24 Casey Cizikas, 15 Garrett Mitchell)

Penalties/Pénalités :
03:04 SVK 6 Peter Šišovský (Hooking/Accrocher)
04:06 CAN 14 Taylor Hall (Tripping/Trébucher)
06:24 SVK 18 Richard Pinka (Holding/Retenir)
08:16 CAN 2 Jared Cowen (Tripping/Trébucher)
11:50 SVK 22 Jakub Cíger (High Sticking/Bâton élever)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
20:48 CAN 4 Simon Després (27 Scott Glennie, 22 Brayden Schenn)
26:38 CAN 23 Cody Eakin (10 Zack Kassian, 7 Carter Ashton)
39:55 CAN 21 Jimmy Bubnick (9 Ryan Ellis, 24 Cizikas) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :
21:10 CAN 2 Jared Cowen (Delay of Game/Arrête du match)
23:26 SVK 17 Henrich Jaborník (Delay of Game/Arrête du match)
31:34 CAN 28 Evander Kane (Hooking/Accrocher)
36:25 CAN 3 Brayden McNabb (Boarding/Donner de la bande)
39:51 SVK 6 Peter Šišovský (Tripping/Trébucher)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
41:23 CAN 15 Garrett Mitchell (24 Casey Cizikas, 16 Ryan O Reilly)
42:30 CAN 17 Louis Leblanc (14 Taylor Hall, 26 Taylor Doherty)

Penalties/Pénalités :
43:07 SVK 17 Henrich Jaborník (Slashing/Cingler)
45:55 SVK 20 Juraj Majdan (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
47:32 CAN 9 Ryan Ellis (Tripping/Trébucher)
53:04 SVK 6 Peter Šišovský (Hooking/Accrocher)

 

Goaltenders SVK Juraj Holly
Gardiens de but CAN Nathan Lieuwen

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal SVK 7 6 1 14
Tirs au but CAN 15 15 23 53

Referee/Arbitre Konc Juraj , Lokšík Peter
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Novák Milan, Mášik Milan, Grúň Miloš (inštruktor)

 

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