Game Summary
Canada 6 - Czech Republic 2


BRNO, Czech Republic - The challenge was issued. And Canada responded with an emotional 6-2 victory over host Czech Republic at the world under-18 hockey championship.

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Brendan Gaunce led the way offensively with two goals and an assist as Canada bounced back from a 4-2 loss to Finland.

"It was a much better effort and much better game,'' said Canadian coach Jesse Wallin. "The guys were challenged. Our last game against Finland was nowhere near the way we need to play and we really went after the boys hard to buy in. It was a make-or-break game, it was a must-win, it was a Game 7. They had to step up and rise to the occasion.''

Scott Laughton, Sam Reinhart, Matthew Dumba and Kerby Rychel also scored while Matt Murray made 23 saves for Canada (2-1), which is assured of at least a spot it in the quarter-finals.

Jakub Houfek and Dominik Volek replied for the Czechs (1-2), who got 35 saves from Patrik Polivka.

Wallin was particularly pleased with the Canadian team's improved forecheck, which helped it build a 4-1 lead in the first period. Volek scored in the second period to narrow that advantage but the Canadians remained composed.

"I thought our team really showed a great deal of resilience in the second period, they continued to stay with it and we were able to take
the game over in the third,'' said Wallin.

The next challenge will be the toughest yet.

The Americans are the three-time defending champions at the event and have outscored their opposition 13-0 while winning their first three
round robin games. Unlike the Canadian team, which is composed of players from various junior teams, the U.S. players spend the entire
season together as part of the national development program based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

"They're a team that's been together for two years,'' said Wallin.

"They're a very good hockey team. They're very organized and very structured, they've been together as a group so they know one another.
They're going to be everything we can handle without a doubt.''

But after watching the improved effort against the Czechs, the Canadian coach was feeling better about his team's chances.

"Our team got better today,'' said Wallin. "Tomorrow's going to be a new challenge, it's going to be another big game. But we feel a lot more prepared for it now after the effort we had tonight.''


Game Information
Game Number 13 Round Preliminary
Arena Kajot Arena City, Country Brno, CZE
Month / Day / Year 04/16/2012 Time 10:00 AM ET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Canada (CAN) 4 0 2 6
Czech Republic (CZE) 1 1 0 2

First Period
   09:26 CAN 10 Brendan Gaunce (18 Gemel Smith, 23 Sam Reinhart)
   12:12 CZE 6 Jakub Houfek (12 Pavel Sedlacek)
   12:41 CAN 10 Brendan Gaunce (23 Sam Reinhart)
   13:26 CAN 21 Scott Laughton (12 Kerby Rychel, 24 Mathew Dumba)
   16:23 CAN 23 Sam Reinhart (12 Kerby Rychel) PP

   01:54 CAN 14 Scott Kosmachuk (Slashing)
   15:28 CZE 15 Ondrej Slovacek (Hooking)
   15:28 CZE 7 Ronald Knot (Hooking)
   17:37 CZE 7 Ronald Knot (Interference)

Second Period
   05:46 CZE 19 Dominik Volek (11 Patrik Machac, 4 Petr Sidlik)

   03:45 CAN 16 Félix Girard (Hooking)
   17:57 CZE 11 Patrik Machac (Tripping)
   19:56 CAN 24 Mathew Dumba (Holding)

Third Period
   04:47 CAN 24 Mathew Dumba (3 Ryan Pulock) PP
   10:36 CAN 12 Kerby Rychel (10 Brendan Gaunce)

   04:12 CZE 16 Adam Chlapik (Boarding)
   08:21 CAN 10 Brendan Gaunce (Slashing)
   14:33 CAN 11 Branden Troock (Kneeing)

30 Matt Murray On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Czech Republic
1 Patrik Polivka On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Canada 14 15 12 41
Czech Republic 8 10 7 25

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