Canada 3 - Slovakia 1

WATSON’S PAIR LEAD CANADA TO PRE-HLINKA WIN OVER SLOVAKS

PIESTANY, Slovakia – Spencer Watson (London, Ont./Kingston, OHL) scored twice to lead the offence as Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team scored a 3-1 pre-tournament win over Slovakia on Saturday.

The game was Canada’s lone exhibition contest before it opens its quest for a sixth consecutive gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament on Monday against the Czech Republic (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT).

Michael Dal Colle (Vaughan, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) had the other goal for Canada, which dominated in the offensive end, outshooting Slovakia 50-17. Dal Colle also added an assist, joining Watson as Canadians with multiple-point games.

Canada jumped out to an early two-goal lead, as goals from Watson and Dal Colle, on the power play, made it 2-0 just 13:20 in.

But Slovakian netminder Vladimir Slivka would shine after that; Slivka stopped 12 shots in the first period, all 17 he faced in the second, and 18 of 19 in the third, keeping the Canadians off the scoreboard until Watson’s insurance marker six minutes into the final frame.

Julio Billia (St-Léonard, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL) got the start in the Canadian net, allowing only Ladislav Romancik’s five-on-three goal early in the second period, before giving way to Mason McDonald (Halifax, N.S./Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) midway through the second.

Billia stopped of the nine shots he faced, while McDonald was a perfect eight-for-eight.

Game Information
Game Number Ex 01
Round Exhibition
Arena EASTON Arena
City, Country Piestany, SVK
Date Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time 11:30 ET
Attendance - Game Status Final

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Final
CAN
2 0 1 3
SVK
0 1 0 1

 

Goals & Penalties/ Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts:
08:04 CAN Spencer Watson (Jake Virtanen, Ryan Pilon)
13:20 CAN Michael Dal Colle (Brendan Lemieux, Roland McKeown) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités:
13:14 SVK Adrián Sloboda
18:24 CAN Jayce Hawryluk

Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts:
04:13 SVK Ladislav Romančík (Adrián Sloboda) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités:
03:01 CAN Clark Bishop
03:19 CAN Michael Dal Colle
05:54 SVK Lukáš Berák
13:42 SVK Adrián Sloboda
20:00 SVK Filip Kundrát

Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts:
05:51 CAN Spencer Watson (Michael Dal Colle, Brayden Point)

Penalties/Pénalités:
09:52 CAN Aaron Ekblad
14:15 SVK Adrián Sloboda

 

Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
CAN Julio Billia; Mason MacDonald
SVK Vladimír Slivka

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
CAN 14 17 19 50
SVK 3 8 6 17

 

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