IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 3-1 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช – 29 Dec 2006

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย 3-1 Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
World Junior Championship Preliminary Round
Ejendals Arena, Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Friday, 29 December 2006

The first goal on the road to Gold at the World Junior Hockey Championship has been achieved by Canada’s National Junior Team. A 3-1 win over Germany on Friday clinched first place in Group A and with the victory Canada earned a bye to the semifinal.

“This means a lot to the guys,” said Steve Downie, who scored Canada’s second goal. “But we’re not there yet.”

“We are all excited to get to this stage” said Marc Staal. “That’s huge for us.”

Canada’s next game and final preliminary round game is Sunday against Slovakia and the two-time defending world champions will be looking for their fourth straight win.

“We’ll treat the game like Slovakia like it is a medal round game. We do not want to develop any bad habits,” said Andrew Cogliano.

Canada now sits atop the Group A standings with 9 points. Germany follows with five points, while Sweden is third with three points. The United States is fourth with one point and Slovakia is running out of time to register its first point.

In Friday’s other game, Russia beat Belarus 6-1 for its third straight win and secure at least second place in Group B. Finland, Switzerland and Belarus are knotted at three points apiece while the Czech Republic has yet to register a point.

Canada opened the scoring against the Germans at 7:04 of the first period when Kris Russell ripped a shot over goalie Timo Pielmeier’s stick-side shoulder.

The Germans tied it at 12:26 of the second when two Canadians were in the penalty box serving minors. Felix Schรผtz beat Carey Price from close in. But Downie chased any thoughts of the Germans pulling off a second major upset when he scored at 14:42 of the second to pull Canada ahead 2-1. The Germans opened the world junior championship with a 2-1 upset win over the United States.

Russell iced the win with his second goal of the game, on a low slap shot, at 10:34 of the third period.

The Germans played a smothering defensive style of game and the Canadians did not have much room to get their flow game on track.

Coach Craig Hartsburg was happy with the result but feels there is room for improvement.

“We have taken some big strides since we started this process but there is a whole other level coming and we had better be ready,” said Hartsburg.

The semifinal is set for Wednesday.

1st Period
05:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Langwieder, interference
06:17 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Toews, tripping
07:04 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Russell (Cogliano)
09:32 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Langwieder, tripping

2nd Period
24:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Buzas, slashing
28:17 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Martens, holding
31:08 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Neal, tripping
31:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Letang, slashing
32:36 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PP2 GOAL – Schรผtz (Gogulla, Kramer)
32:54 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Gogulla, hooking
34:42 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Downie (Letang, Toews)
38:22 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – O’Marra, interference

3rd Period
43:40 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Gogulla, hooking
46:24 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Toews, high sticking
47:02 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Parent, roughing
50:34 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Russell (Pyatt)
53:24 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Holzer, hooking
55:21 – ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย PEN – Wichert, slashing

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Price (18-19)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชย Ti. Pielmeier (31-34)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 8+16+10 = 34
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 5+4+10 = 19

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Leland Irving, Carey Price. Defence: Karl Alzner, Luc Bourdon, Cody Franson, Kris Letang, Ryan Parent, Kris Russell, Marc Staal. Forwards: Daniel Bertram, Marc-Andrรฉ Cliche, Andrew Cogliano, Steve Downie, Sam Gagner, Darren Helm, Bryan Little, Brad Marchand, Kenndal McArdle, James Neal, Ryan O’Marra, Tom Pyatt, Jonathan Toews.
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Goaltenders: Timo Pielmeier, Sebastian Stefaniszin. Defence: Christopher Fischer, Christopher Giebe, Korbinian Holzer, Benedikt Kohl, Renรฉ Kramer, Stefan Langwieder, Henry Martens, Florian Ondruschka. Forwards: Constantin Braun, Patrick Buzas, Christoph Gawlik, Philip Gogulla, Marcel Mรผller, Elia Ostwald, Thomas Pielmeier, Matthias Potthoff, Andrรฉ Schietzold, Felix Schรผtz, Alexander Weiss, Christian Wichert.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. GERMANY ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
current champion
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title none
56 All-Time Wins
7 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. GER)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 8-1 FRG ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 03 Jan 1988 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Moscow ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. GER)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 2-0 GER ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 30 Dec 1997 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Helsinki ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 6-3 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 27 Dec 2006 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Mora ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-0 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 31 Dec 2006 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช

Article Credit: Hockey Canada



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