2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

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2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
Game #25
Final
January 2, 2015 8:00 pm EST
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
0
0
0
2
3
3
8

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
6
3
5
14
14
19
17
50

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
8
1 / 4
6

Game Story

LAZAR, MCDAVID LEAD CANADA OVER DENMARK AND INTO SEMIFINALS

WENDY GRAVES

TORONTO, Ont. – Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) had two goals and an assist and Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) added a goal and two assists to lead Canada’s National Junior Team over Denmark 8-0 on Friday and into the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Next up for the Canadians is Slovakia in Sunday’s semifinals (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Canada scored a 7-0 win over the Slovaks in the tournament opener for both teams back on Boxing Day.

Canada also got goals from Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL), Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges /Kingston, OHL), Nick Paul (Mississauga, Ont./North Bay, OHL), Brayden Point (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) and Nick Ritchie (Orangeville, Ont./Peterborough, OHL).

Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, B.C./Victoria, WHL) added two assists from the blue-line.

In total, 12 players found their way onto the scoresheet in a total team performance that overwhelmed the underdog Danes.

Zachary Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Quebec, QMJHL) made 14 saves for the win and the shutout.

George Sorensen and Thomas Lillie combined to stop 42 shots for Denmark.

With Canada spending the preliminary round in Montreal, Toronto fans had adopted Denmark as their team. But with Canada in the building the Danes were booed the second they came out for their pre-game skate.

The two countries played twice before at the World Juniors (in 2008 and 2012), with Canada winning both times, 4-1 and 10-2.

Canada opened the scoring Friday night just past the halfway point of the first. McDavid drove around the Danish net, and as his defender brought him down sent a pass out front to Lazar, who beat Sorensen low.

Less than five minutes later Reinhart, from the doorstep, doubled the lead with his fourth goal of the tournament.

Three goals in a span of 5:31 in the second broke the game open.

First, Crouse showed some nifty stick work in waiting out Sorensen from the right hash mark. McDavid forced a turnover just outside the red line, drove down the left boards and tucked the puck in low to the glove side, giving Sorensen a spray along the way. Three minutes later Lazar found his way behind two defenders to take a stretch pass from Hicketts and make it 5-0.

Another three goals in the third – a driving backhand from Paul; Point finishing off a passing play through traffic with Lazar and McDavid; and Ritchie putting home a rebound – rounded out the scoring.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Curtis Lazar

Assists: Connor McDavid
10:37
GOAL
Goal: Sam Reinhart

Assists: Anthony Duclair
15:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Anthony Duclair
Tripping minor (2:00)
17:23
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Lawson Crouse

Assists: Frédérik Gauthier
07:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Darnell Nurse
(auto) High-Sticking minor (2:00)
08:07
GOAL
Goal: Connor McDavid

10:21
GOAL
Goal: Curtis Lazar

Assists: Joe Hicketts
13:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Sonny Hertzberg
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
15:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Kristian Jensen
(auto) Goaltender Interference minor (2:00)
15:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Brayden Point
(auto) Hooking minor (2:00)
19:26
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Nick Paul

Assists: Nic Petan, Jake Virtanen
03:08
GOAL
Goal: Brayden Point

Assists: Curtis Lazar, Connor McDavid
05:09
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Thomas Lillie

06:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Mads Eller
Tripping minor (2:00)
14:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Hansen
(auto) Holding minor (2:00)
17:13
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Nick Ritchie

Assists: Lawson Crouse, Joe Hicketts
19:06

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
George Sorensen DEN 46 35 28 7 0.800
Thomas Lillie DEN 13 15 14 1 0.933
Zachary Fucale CAN 60 14 14 0 1.000

Game Leaders

GA 7 - SVS - 28 - SV% - 0.800
GA 0 - SVS - 14 - SV% - 1.000
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3

Previous Games

0 - 8 L @ CanadaCAN
Jan 2, 2015
5 - 4 W vs. RussiaRUS
Jan 5, 2015
4 - 3 W @ SwitzerlandSUI
Dec 30, 2014
5 - 1 W vs. SlovakiaSVK
Jan 4, 2015
3 - 4 L @ Czech RepublicCZE
Dec 29, 2014
8 - 0 W vs. DenmarkDEN
Jan 2, 2015
Videos
Photos
TELUS: REG 6 – STR 3 (Bronze Medal)
Miller and Woods had three points apiece to lead the Pat Canadians over the Bisons for bronze.
TELUS: TOR - CHA (Gold Medal)
Bonsteel scored twice and Ewing made 35 saves, leading the Young Nationals to their first TELUS Cup title.
TELUS: TOR 3 – REG 1 (Semifinal)
Regan got the winner seven minutes into the third period to send the Young Nationals to the final.
TELUS: CHA 7 – STR 1 (Semifinal)
The Grenadiers scored the game’s final seven goals to beat the Bisons and return to the gold medal game.
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