Canada 7 – Czech Republic 5



BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Jérémy Roy (Richelieu, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) scored the game-winning goal on a third-period power play to help Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to a back-and-forth 7-5 win over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The game was Canada’s lone pre-tournament contest before the puck drops Monday on the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav and Piestany, Slovakia.

Lawson Crouse (Mount Brydges, Ont./Kingston, OHL) led the Canadian offence with a pair of goals, while Mitchell Marner (Thornhill, Ont./London, OHL), Connor Hobbs (Saskatoon, Sask./Medicine Hat, WHL) , Jansen Harkins (North Vancouver, B.C./Prince George, WHL) and Travis Konecny (Clachan, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) also put their names on the scoresheet.

Jakub Zboril scored twice for the Czechs, and Martin Weinhold, Filip Suchy and Lukas Jasko added one each.

The Czechs struck early, with Zboril and Weinhold beating Canadian netminder Callum Booth (Montreal, Que./Quebec, QMJHL) before the five-minute mark of the first period.

But Marner got Canada on the board just 2:18 after Weinhold’s goal, ripping a shot just under the crossbar past Daniel Vladar and sending the Canadians to the dressing room down just a goal.

A wild second period featured five goals; Suchy restored the two-goal lead for the Czechs at 2:36, Crouse’s first on a goal-mouth scramble at 5:49 made it 3-2, and Jasko hammered a shot off Booth’s glove and in at 8:16 for another two-goal Czech advantage.

Both teams switched goaltenders shortly after the Jasko goal, with Zach Sawchenko (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) taking over for Booth in the Canadian goal, and Jan Ruzicka replacing Vladar for the Czechs.

The first shot Sawchenko faced was a penalty shot, but Roman Dymacek missed the net.

Down two, it took Canada just 53 seconds to tie the game; Crouse roofed a backhand for his second of the period to get Canada within one, and Hobbs scored off the rush to bring the game back even at 4-4.

With the momentum on his team’s side, Harkins gave Canada its first lead early in the third period, and Roy’s shot through traffic on the power play pushed the advantage to 6-4.

Zboril’s second of the game made it interesting with less than 12 minutes left, but Konecny cleaned up the rebound of a Crouse breakaway to provide the final margin of victory.

Canada opens the U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Monday when it takes on Switzerland in Piestany (8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT) in search of its seventh consecutive gold medal at the event.

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/Match no
Ex. 01 Round/Ronde Exhibition
Arena/Aréna Alcaplast Arena Location/Lieu Breclav, CZE
Date Saturday, August 9, 2014 Time/Heure 12:30 p.m. ET


Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Total
CAN 1 4 2 7
CZE 2 2 1 5


Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
02:24 CZE Jakub Zboril (Filip Chlapik) PP/AN
04:42 CZE Martin Weinhold (Jakub Zboril)
07:00 CAN Mitchell Marner (Dylan Strome)

Penalties/Pénalités :
01:20 CAN Lawson Crouse (Head Contact/Mise en échec à la tête)
01:20 CAN Lawson Crouse (Misconduct/Inconduite)
03:12 CZE Filip Dvorak (Hooking/Accrocher)
03:33 CAN Nicolas Meloche (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
10:33 CAN Matthew Spencer (Charging/Assaut)
19:58 CZE Josef Zajic (Hooking/Accrocher)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
02:36 CZE Filip Suchy (Jan Dufek)
05:49 CAN Lawson Crouse (Nick Merkley)
08:16 CZE Lukas Jasko (Jakub Zboril) PP/AN
12:16 CAN Lawson Crouse (Travis Konecny, Matthew Spencer)
13:09 CAN Connor Hobbs (Lawson Crouse) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénalités :
07:43 CAN Jansen Harkins (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:59 CAN Guillaume Brisebois (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
11:06 CZE Simon Stransky (High-sticking/Bâton élevé)
14:32 CAN Mitchell Marner (Holding/Retenir)
14:32 CZE Petr Kalina (Unsportsmanlike Conduct/Conduite antisportive)
18:01 CZE Libor Hajek (Cross-checking/Double-échec)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
02:39 CAN Jansen Harkins (Mitchell Vande Sompel)
04:07 CAN Jérémy Roy (Mitchell Marner) PP/AN
06:59 CZE Jakub Zboril (Martin Weinhold) PP/AN
14:51 CAN Travis Konecny (Matthew Spencer)

Penalties/Pénalités :
03:00 CZE Daniel Krenzelok (Delay of Game/Retarder le match)
04:57 CAN Mitchell Marner (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
05:56 CAN Connor Hobbs (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
11:36 CAN Mitchell Stephens (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
12:33 CAN Ethan Bear (Tripping/Faire trébucher)


Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
CAN Callum Booth; Zach Sawchenko (in 2nd/09:15)
CZE Daniel Vladar; Jan Ruzicka (in 2nd/09:15)


Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
CAN 9 12 14 35
CZE 9 6 10 25
2015 MIH: CAN 7 – SWE 3 (Gold Medal)
Dubois scored twice in a four-goal first period, and Canada won its eighth straight Hlinka gold medal.
2015 MIH: CAN 2 – RUS 1 (SO) (Semifinal)
Kyrou scored in regulation, Patrick had the shootout winner and Canada advanced to play for gold.
2015 MIH: CAN 9 – SUI 2 (Preliminary)
Jost had a hat trick, Benson added four points and Canada routed the Swiss for a perfect prelims.
2015 MIH: CAN 2 – SWE 0 (Preliminary)
McLeod and Bitten scored, Wells made 17 saves and Canada blanked Sweden to stay atop Group A.

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