Game Summary
Belarus 3 - Canada 11
 



CANADA IN WIN COLUMN AFTER 11-3 WIN OVER BELARUS AT UNDER-18 HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

BOBRUISK, Belarus – Canada recorded its first win of the IIHF World U18 Championship on Thursday, hammering host Belarus 11-3.

The result came after Canada opened the annual hockey tournament with a disappointing 3-1 loss to Switzerland on Tuesday. With a game against the Americans looming on Friday, the Canadians didn't have much time to savour the victory.

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“They were excited today then were relieved to get a win under our belt,” said head coach Guy Carbonneau. “We had some good performances from key players, players that we'll definitely need to beat the U.S. tomorrow.”

John McFarland scored a hat trick and Ryan O'Connor had a pair of goals. Quinton Howden, Brett Connolly, Michael Bournival, Greg McKegg, Ryan Spooner and Jordan Weal all chipped in with singles. McKegg added three assists in the preliminary round victory.

Calvin Pickard and Kent Simpson combined for 23 saves in the Canadian net.

Artem Levsha, Nikita Kardashev and Dmitri Zhevlochenko scored for Belarus.

After a slow start in the Switzerland game, Canada came flying out of the gate against Belarus to take a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the first period.

“For us, it was important to get a good start, which we did,” said Carbonneau. “We came out really quick.”

Canada improved to 1-1-0-0 in Pool A while Belarus dropped to 0-2-0-0. In Pool B play in Minsk, Finland beat Slovakia 5-2 to move into a first-place tie with Russia at 2-0-0-0.

Sweden tops Pool A at 2-0-0-0 while Canada, the U.S. and Switzerland are all tied.

After practising Wednesday, the Canadians took in the U.S.-Swiss game to get an idea of what they'll see Friday.

“I think everybody understands the magnitude of the game tomorrow,” said Carbonneau. “I think our players are going to be ready.”

The Canadians won the tournament in 2003 and 2008 and took the silver medal in 2005. They were fourth last year.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Event/Événement 2010 IIHF WU18C Location/Emplacement Bobruisk, BLR
Date Thu. Apr. 15, 2010 Arena/Aréna Bobruisk Arena
Time/Heure 12:00 pm ET Attendance/Assistance -,---
Round/Ronde Preliminary Game #/No du match 10

Box Score/Compte
1
2
3
Final
BLR
1
2
0
3
CAN
4
2
5
11

Goals/Penalties - Buts/Pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
03:31 CAN Brett Connolly
05:00 CAN John McFarland (Jordan Weal, Greg McKegg)
05:24 CAN Ryan O’Connor (Gabriel Desjardins, Max Reinhart)
13:02 BLR Artem Levsha 14:26 CAN Quinton Howden (Brock Beukeboom) SH/DN

Penalties/Pénalités :
00:40 CAN John McFarland (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
13:16 CAN Christian Thomas (Boarding/Donner de la bande)
15:09 BLR Alexei Skabelka (High-sticking/Bâton élévé)
16:41 CAN Jordan Weal (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
16:53 BLR Igor Karabanov (Holding/Retenir)
19:29 CAN Michael Sgarbossa (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
20:00 CAN Max Reinhart (Kneeing/Donner du genou)
20:00 CAN Max Reinhart (Game Misconduct/Extrême inconduite)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
00:24 BLR Nikita Kardashev (Vladislav Lemachko, Stanislav Lopachuk) PP/AN
04:22 BLR Dmitri Zhevlochenko (Evgeni Leonov) PP/AN
08:12 CAN John McFarland (Ryan O’Connor) PP/AN
14:39 CAN Ryan O’Connor (Greg McKegg) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
05:34 CAN Brett Connolly (Holding/Retenir)
07:41 BLR Evgeni Leonov (Holding/Retenir)
10:37 BLR Artem Levsha (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
10:37 CAN Steven Shipley (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
14:14 BLR Vladislav Lemachko (Hooking/Accrocher)
15:32 BLR Evgeni Leonov (Roughing/Rudesse)
15:32 CAN Steven Shipley (Roughing/Rudesse)
17:28 CAN Brett Connolly (Hooking/Accrocher)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
02:55 CAN Michäel Bournival (Stephen Silas)
04:39 CAN Greg McKegg PP/AN
05:01 CAN Ryan Spooner (Geoffrey Schemitsch, Freddie Hamilton)
12:08 CAN Jordan Weal SH/DN
16:24 CAN John McFarland (Jordan Weal, Greg McKegg)

Penalties/Pénalités :
03:46 BLR Artem Levsha (Kneeing/Donner do genou)
11:02 CAN Brock Beukeboom (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
19:46 BLR Dmitri Zhevlochenko (Roughing/Rudesse)
19:46 CAN Brett Connolly (Roughing/Rudesse)

Goaltenders BLR Sergei Stepanov; Yan Shelepnev (in 2nd/07:41)
Gardiens de but CAN Calvin Pickard; Kent Simpson (in 3rd/05:24)
Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal BLR 12 8 6 26
Tirs au but CAN 18 10 14 42
 
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