2007-08 National Men's Under-18 Team

Canada 6 - Slovakia 0


KAZAN, Russia – Matt Duchene (Haliburton, ON/Brampton, OHL) scored a hat trick and Jake Allen (Fredericton, NB/St. John’s, QMJHL) made 23 saves for his first shutout as Canada wrapped up preliminary round play at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship with a 6-0 win over Slovakia on Friday.

Canada took advantage of an undisciplined Slovakian team, scoring three times on 11 powerplay opportunities – with all three man advantage goals coming off the stick of Duchene, who picked up Player of the Game honours. The victory means that Canada will face Finland in Sunday’s quarterfinal. The game can be seen live on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, beginning at 5:00 a.m. ET/2:00 a.m. PT.

“Today was an outstanding effort by our team,” Duchene said following the win. “All three lines played very well, and our goalie was solid.”

Allen wasn’t tested for much of the game – 12 of his 23 saves came in the second period alone – but stood tall when necessary, recording Canada’s first shutout at the world U18 championship since Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves in a 0-0 tie with Finland in 2006.

In addition to Duchene’s hat trick, Canada got goals from captain Cody Hodgson (Markham, ON/Brampton, OHL), Jacob Lagacé (Beloeil, QC/Chicoutimi, QMJHL) and Greg Nemisz (Courtice, ON/Windsor, OHL) in the win, its fifth in as many games against Slovakia at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

“We played very well from top to bottom, which is what we’ll need if we hope to contend for a gold medal,” said Canadian head coach Pat Quinn. “We took advantage of the powerplays we were handed early, and that was big for us to get the momentum.”

It took just 40 seconds for Canada to get on the board first, as Hodgson took a pass in the slot and beat Slovakian netminder Marek Ciliak – who was making his first appearance of the tournament.

The penalty parade started early for the Slovakians, but it took Canada until their fifth opportunity with the man advantage to convert, as Duchene picked up a loose puck and snapped the puck just under the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.

He added his second midway through the middle frame, redirecting a pass from Ryan Ellis (Freelton, ON/Windsor, ON) past Ciliak, and, after Lagacé had made it 4-0 just two minutes later, completed his hat trick by batting in a rebound on another Canadian powerplay with just under six minutes to go in the game.

Nemisz rounded out the scoring on a partial breakaway, sliding the puck past a sprawling Ciliak, who was named Slovakia’s Player of the Game after a 31-save performance.

TSN/RDS will have coverage of the playoff round at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, through the gold medal game on Wednesday, April 23rd. Check your local listings for more information.


Game Information/Reseignements sur le match
Event/Événement Under-18 World Championship Location/Emplacement Kazan, RUS
Date Fri, Apr 18, 2008 Arena/Aréna Tatneft Arena
Time/Heure 7:30 am EST Attendance/Assistance 1,000
Round/Ronde Preliminary Round Game # 17


Box Score/Compte
















First Period/Première période

Goals/Buts :
00:40 CAN Hodgson (Hall, Eberle)
10:41 CAN Duchene (Sauvé) PP

Penalties/Pénalités :

02:46 SVK 25. VIEDENSKY, Marek (Holding/Retenir)
03:02 SVK 3. STAJNOCH, Martin (Interference/Obstruction)
05:18 SVK 8. SLIMAK, Peter (Delay of Game/Retarder le jeu)
07:34 SVK 23. STANO, Tomas (Tripping/Trébucher)
08:49 SVK 18. LAPSANSKY, Adam (High Sticking/Bâton élever)
10:48 SVK 8. SLIMAK, Peter (Hooking/Accrocher
11:48 CAN TEAM PENALTY (Too Many Players/Trop de joueurs)
12:57 CAN 15. McMILLAN, Brandon (Holding/Retenir)
12:57 CAN 3. MYERS, Tyler (Boarding/Donner de la bande)
16:52 SVK TEAM PENALTY (Bench Minor/Mineur de banc)
16:52 SVK 18. LAPSANSKY, Adam (Kneeing/Donner du coude)
19:43 CAN 22. SCHENN, Brayden (High Sticking/Bâton élever)

Second Period/Deuxième période

Goals/Buts :
31.51 CAN Duchene (Ellis) PP
33.53 CAN Lagace (Brittain, O'Dell)

Penalties/Pénalités :
26:26 CAN 24. ROBAK, Colby (Tripping/Trébucher)
28:13 CAN 5. SCANDELLA, Marco (Kneeing/Donner du coude)
30:42 SVK 29. HUDACEK, Libor (Hooking/Accrocher
36:37 CAN 24. ROBAK, Colby (Interference/Obstruction)

Third Period/Troisième période

Goals/Buts :
54.17 CAN Duchene (Sauvé, Trivino) PP
55.09 CAN Nemisz (Schenn, Robak)

Penalties/Pénalités :
41:13 SVK Mucka (10 min. Misconduct/Inconduite 10 min.)
42:58 CAN 3. MYERS, Tyler (Interference/Obstruction)
44:23 CAN 6. CUMA, Tyler  (Cross-checking/Double-échec)
46:23 SVK 16. DULAK, Martin (Hooking/Accrocher)
53:59 SVK 23. STANO, Tomas (Hooking/Accrocher)
58:39 CAN 3. MYERS, Tyler (Boarding/Donner de la bande)


Goaltenders CAN

Jake Allen

Gardiens de but SVK Marek Ciliak

Shots on Goal Team 1 p 2 p 3 p Ttl
Shots on Goal CAN 15 12 10 37
Tirs au but SVK 5 12 6 23

Referee/Arbitre Jari Levonen (FIN), Patrik Sjoberg (SWE)
Linesmen/Juges des lignes Roger Arm (SUI), Dmitry Shabunevich (BLR)


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