Canada 7 - Sweden 5
DOMI HAS TWO GOALS, TWO ASSISTS AS CANADA DOWNS SWEDEN 7-5 AT HLINKA EVENT
PIESTANY, Czech Republic – Canada won again at the under-18 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka hockey tournament, thanks in large part to its special teams.
The Canadian squad scored three power-play goals and added another while short-handed en route to a 7-5 victory over Sweden on Tuesday. Canada improved to 2-0 at the tournament after opening with a 4-1 win over Switzerland on Monday.
“We had them both going well,” said Canadian team coach Todd Gill. “Our penalty kill should be darn good because we used it enough.
“It's frustrating for the kids because they're not doing that much wrong. We took some penalties we have to control and get away from and we're getting better. I thought we did a great job on our penalty kill and our power play got us going and you need those running at a high percentage to win this tournament.”
Canada has dominated this event, having won it the last four years and 16 times overall since 1991.
Max Domi, the son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, led the way for Canada with two goals and two assists. Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Klimchuk, Anthony Duclair, Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart had the other goals.
“We had to execute and that's what we did,” Domi said of the Canadian power play. “We moved the puck quick on the power play and our penalty kill was outstanding as well.
“They worked their tail off.”
Canada started quickly against Sweden, leading 2-0 on goals by MacKinnon and Klimchuk less than two minutes after the opening faceoff. The Swedes, who outshot the Canadians 41-38, rallied to make it 2-2 before Duclair countered on the power play at 16:31.
Canada surged into a 5-2 lead early in the second on power-play goals by Lazar and Domi before the Swedes scored at 17:33 to make it a two-goal game.
Reinhart's short-handed goal at 1:19 of the third proved to be a big one for Canada as Sweden rallied to make it 6-5 afterwards before Domi's goal with eight seconds remaining cemented the win for the Canadians.
“The short-handed goal was huge and certainly looks big now because of what they did,” said Gill, who coaches the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs. “Reinhart does a great job, he's just so smart.
“He's one of the smartest players I've ever coached.”
Canada doesn't have time to relish the victory. The squad returns to the ice Wednesday against Slovakia, which lost 7-3 to Sweden in its tournament opener Monday, before having a day off Thursday.
“Slovakia is a different team than Sweden,” Gill said. “Their game against Sweden was tough to evaluate because Slovakia plays a patient game and sits back while Sweden is so good and so fast and passes the puck so well that if you give them time they're going to pick you apart.
“But we treat every team here like they're the best in this tournament. We can't let up on anybody, we can't take shortcuts.”
Canada is in Group B with Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. The Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and the U.S. make up Group A.
The top two teams in each division advance to the semifinal round Friday. The two winners will square off in the gold medal game Saturday.
|Month / Day / Year||08/14/2012||Time||08:00 AM ET|
00:32 CAN 22 Nathan MacKinnon
01:58 CAN 18 Morgan Klimchuk (11 Yan-Pavel Laplante)
06:26 SWE 17 Fabian Gunnarsson (4 Robert Hägg, 15 Victor Crus Rydberg) PP
12:44 SWE 22 Victor Öhman (2 Amil Krupic) PP
16:31 CAN 10 Anthony Duclair (9 Max Domi) PP
02:23 CAN 27 Curtis Lazar (7 Josh Morrissey, 9 Max Domi) PP
03:20 CAN 9 Max Domi (10 Anthony Duclair, 27 Curtis Lazar) PP
17:33 SWE 17 Fabian Gunnarsson (2 Amil Krupic)
01:19 CAN 23 Sam Reinhart (7 Josh Morrissey) SH
01:35 SWE 11 Alexander Henriksson (2 Amil Krupic, 20 Leon Bristedt) PP
14:40 SWE 13 Tobias Liljendahl (15 Victor Crus Rydberg, 28 Anton Karlsson)
19:52 CAN 9 Max Domi (19 Bo Horvat)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|