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MONCTON, N.B. – Canada's National Junior Team kicked off pre-tournament action ahead of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship with a win, downing Switzerland 6-0 on Monday night.
- Shane Wright (Burlington, Ont./Seattle, NHL) led the offence with two goals and an assist.
- Connor Bedard (North Vancouver, B.C./Regina, WHL) chipped in with a trio of helpers.
- Joshua Roy (Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) and Nathan Gaucher (Richelieu, Que./Québec, QMJHL) contributed a goal and an assist apiece.
- Brennan Othmann (Pickering, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) and Olen Zellweger (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Everett, WHL) rounded out the scoring.
- Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta./Arizona, NHL) and Zach Dean (Mount Pearl, N.L./Gatineau, QMJHL) posted two assists each.
- Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL) turned in a 19-save shutout.
- Canada outshot Switzerland 42-19.
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“[Dean, Gaucher and Roy] set the tone for us. They were grinding their opponents, working together and feeding off each other. [Establishing chemistry] is never an issue when you come to an event like this. Everyone is coming from across the country and different leagues, but we are all here for a common goal. It’s one team and one country, and you could see a lot of that chemistry on all our lines tonight.”
- Head coach Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL) on the team’s chemistry
“We are three good friends outside of the rink, and that helps us on the ice. [Gaucher] is a guy I know well, and I see [Dean] a lot when I play against him in the [QMJHL]. One of the reasons why we had success tonight is because we respected our game plan. We put the puck behind [Switzerland’s] defence and were strong on the forecheck, and we were able to create scoring chances and capitalize on them.”
- Roy on playing with Dean and Gaucher
“It’s a pretty good feeling getting off to a strong start. The team in front of me makes my job easy, but it is nice to lay a good foundation before the start of the tournament. I feel like I stayed steady and was able to give the team a good chance to win.
“The crowd was incredible tonight. They did a great job of cheering us on and keeping the momentum on our side. There was a lot of signs along the glass in warm-ups, and whenever I had the chance I tried to take in the atmosphere. It is nice to get that level of support for a pre-tournament game.”
- Milic on his shutout and playing in front of fans in Moncton
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