Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is used to scoring big goals. He has done it his whole career.
After scoring Canada’s first goal in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Team Germany, he was quick to deem it the biggest goal of his career to date. "It was a big goal for my career today, and a very big goal for the team. I’d missed a lot of chances out there tonight, but I proved that I can come back and I showed that I can score."
Going into Sunday afternoon’s action Team Canada had been awarded an easy victory over the German team by most fans and media. Unfortunately for the Canadians, however, someone forgot to tell the Team Germany. By playing mistake free hockey for the first thirty minutes of the game the Germans clung to a 1-0 lead, on the strength of their first goal of the tournament, scored by David Danner. They led despite being out-shot 24-6.
Parenteau, who wears number 25, scored on the team’s 25th shot, and it was if someone lifted the stone of Gibraltar from their shoulders. Scottie Upshall scored ten seconds later, and Carlo Colaiacovo scored twice, lifting Canada to the outcome most had predicted. "To see Pierre-Alexandre’s goal go in was such a relief, and to see mine go in too was huge," said team captain Scottie Upshall, "as a team we stayed composed, and knew what we had to do."
Parenteau’s goal was undoubtedly the game’s turning point as it prompted the Canadians to start playing with the poise that had eluded them for almost two periods.