Game Summary
Germany  1 -  Canada  3

by Alan Adams

LEKSAND, Sweden – The first goal on the road to gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship has been achieved by Canada's National Junior Team. A 3-1 win over Germany on Friday clinched first place in Group A and with the victory Canada earned a bye to the semifinal.

"This means a lot to the guys," said Steve Downie, who scored Canada's second goal. "But we're not there yet."

"We are all excited to get to this stage" said Marc Staal. "That's huge for us."

Canada's next game and final preliminary round game is Sunday against Slovakia and the two-time defending world champions will be looking for their fourth straight win.

"We'll treat the game like Slovakia like it is a medal round game. We do not want to develop any bad habits," said Andrew Cogliano.

Canada now sits atop the Group A standings with 9 points. Germany follows with five points, while Sweden is third with three points. The United States is fourth with one point and Slovakia is running out of time to register its first point.

In Friday's other game, Russia beat Belarus 6-1 for its third straight win and secure at least second place in Group B. Finland, Switzerland and Belarus are knotted at three points apiece while the Czech Republic has yet to register a point.

Canada opened the scoring against the Germans at 7:04 of the first period when Kris Russell ripped a shot over goalie Timo Pielmeier's stick-side shoulder.

The Germans tied it at 12:26 of the second when two Canadians were in the penalty box serving minors. Felix Schutz beat Carey Price from close in.But Downie chased any thoughts of the Germans pulling off a second major upset when he scored at 14:42 of the second to pull Canada ahead 2-1. The Germans opened the world junior championship with a 2-1 upset win over the United States.

Russell iced the win with his second goal of the game, on a low slap shot, at 10:34 of the third period.

The Germans played a smothering defensive style of game and the Canadians did not have much room to get their flow game on track.

Coach Craig Hartsburg was happy with the result but feels there is room for improvement.

"We have taken some big strides since we started this process but there is a whole other level coming and we had better be ready," said Hartsburg.

The semifinal is set for Wednesday.


Game Information
Game Number 11  Round Preliminary
Arena Ejendals Arena City, Country Leksand, Sweden
Month / Day / Year 12/29/2006 Time (local) 07:00 PM EET
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Germany (GER) 0 1 0 1
Canada (CAN) 1 1 1 3
First Period
   07:04 CAN 10 Kris Russell (9 Andrew Cogliano) 4/4

   05:27 GER 7 Stefan Langwieder (Interference)
   06:17 CAN 29 Jonathan Toews (Tripping)
   09:32 GER 7 Stefan Langwieder (Tripping)

Second Period
   12:26 GER 5 Felix Schutz (19 Philip Gogulla, 24 Rene Kramer) PP2
   14:42 CAN 7 Steve Downie (5 Kristopher Letang, 29 Jonathan Toews) PP

   04:47 GER 11 Patrick Buzas (Slashing)
   08:17 GER 21 Henry Martens (Holding)
   11:08 CAN 19 James Neal (Tripping)
   11:37 CAN 5 Kristopher Letang (Slashing)
   12:54 GER 19 Philip Gogulla (Hooking)
   18:22 CAN 23 Ryan O'Marra (Interference)

Third Period
   10:36 CAN 10 Kris Russell (27 Tom Pyatt)

   03:40 GER 19 Philip Gogulla (Hooking)
   06:24 CAN 29 Jonathan Toews (High Sticking)
   07:02 CAN 4 Ryan Parent (Roughing)
   13:24 GER 27 Korbinian Holzer (Interference)
   15:20 GER 29 Christian Wichert (Slashing)

2 Timo Pielmeier On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
1 Carey Price On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Germany 5 4 10 19
Canada 8 16 10 34

Game Stars
Canada 9 Andrew Cogliano
Germany 2 Timo Pielmeier
Player of Game
Referee Sami Partanen
Lines People Petr Blumel, Fredrik Ulriksson