IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 7-4 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ – 31 Dec 2008

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canadaย 7-4 United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
World Junior Championship Prelininary Round
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Who says Canadaโ€™s National Junior Team can’t handle adversity?

Down by three goals midway through the first period, the Canadians dug deep and rallied to beat the United States 7-4 in the final preliminary round game at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday night.

“This just shows how much character this team has,” said defenceman P.K. Subban.

Canada’s fourth straight victory moved them directly into the semifinals on Saturday against the winner of the quarter-final between Russia and the Czech Republic.

The Americans will play Slovakia in the quarter-finals on Friday, with the winner playing Sweden in Saturdayโ€™s semifinals.

The highly-anticipated match had something for everyone โ€“ goals, hard hits, brilliant saves and tons of emotion.

John Tavares, with a hat trick, led one of the most memorable rallies by a Canadian team ever at the World Juniors. His third goal into an empty net in the last minute of regulation time was his 12th for Canada at the tournament, tying him with Eric Lindros and Jeff Carter for the most goals ever by a Canadian.

“I just want to play well,” said Tavares. “We learned a lot about ourselves and what we can do.”

The Canadians found themselves in a deep hole shortly after the 12-minute mark of the first period, trailing 3-0 on goals by Kevin Shattenkirk, Jimmy Hayes and Jim O’Brien.

But two goals from Tavares and one from Jordan Eberle had the Canadians even by the end of the period, and had a WJC-record crowd of 20,203 rocking during the intermission and early in the second period.

During a timeout after the third American goal, Tavares tried to calm his teammates down.

“I just said we should play our game,” he said. “I thought our emotions were getting the better of us. I said to the guys to relax and it was nice to get those back-to-back (goals) to get us back in.”

Zach Boychuk put the Canadians ahead for the first time just 37 seconds into the second period, only to see American captain Jonathon Blum draw the U.S. even just three minutes later.

Canadaโ€™s vaunted power play, which is operating at a ridiculous 60% success rate through four games (18-for-30), connected for its fourth of the contest, and the eventual game-winner, when Cody Hodgson got a shot from the face-off circle past American goaltender Thomas McCollum.

Both teams traded chances in the final period before Tavares and Tyler Ennis both scored into an empty net to provide the final margin of victory for the Canadians.

Canadian goaltender Tokarski shook off a shaky start and made a couple of brilliant saves to help his team earn the all-important bye into the semis.

Tokarski made perhaps the best save of the entire tournament late in the second period to send Canada to the dressing room up 5-4.

A breakdown in the Canadian end left Colin Wilson alone in front and the American forward deked Tokarski and went to his backhand, but Tokarski wasn’t fooled by the move and snagged the puck with his trapper, leaving Wilson on his knees in disbelief.

“You’re supposed to make those saves,” said Tokarski. “The guys bailed me out and I did my job.”

The win moved Canada to 27-5-3 all-time against the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship. The Canadians have won the last five meetings.

1st Period
03:49 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – Shattenkirk
04:15 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – DiDomenico, hooking
05:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Goloubef, hooking
06:18 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Myers, roughing
07:15 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP2 GOAL – Hayes (Palushaj, Tangradi)
12:35 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย GOAL – O’Brien (Shattenkirk, Bowman)
12:43 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Rust, hooking
14:36 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Kessel, delay of game
14:55 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Tavares (Hodgson, Subban)
15:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Tavares
16:40 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – team, too many players
18:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Eberle (Hodgson, Subban)
18:43 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Della Rovere, checking from behind minor + 10 min. misconduct
19:17 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – van Riemsdyk, slashing

2nd Period
20:37 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Boychuk (Hickey, DiDomenico)
22:27 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hickey, cross checking
23:40 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PP GOAL – Blum (Schroeder, Fairchild)
25:54 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Hoeffel, checking to the head minor + 10 min. misconduct
26:56 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Hodgson (Ellis, Subban)
29:34 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Fairchild, slashing

3rd Period
48:39 – ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย PEN – Palushaj, interference
59:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย EN GOAL – Tavares (Esposito)
59:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย EN GOAL – Ennis (Kane)

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Tokarski (23-27)
L: ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย McCollum (22-27)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 9+10+10 = 29
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 9+9+9 = 27

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Chet Pickard, Dustin Tokarski. Defence: Keith Aulie, Ryan Ellis, Cody Goloubef, Thomas Hickey, Tyler Myers, Alex Pietrangelo, P.K. Subban, Colten Teubert. Forwards: Jamie Benn, Zach Boychuk, Patrice Cormier, Stefan Della Rovere, Chris DiDomenico, Jordan Eberle, Tyler Ennis, Angelo Esposito, Cody Hodgson, Evander Kane, Brett Sonne, John Tavares.
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Goaltenders: Thomas McCollum, Josh Unice. Defence: Jonathon Blum, Ian Cole, Cade Fairchild, Blake Kessel, Ryan McDonagh, Teddy Ruth, Kevin Shattenkirk. Forwards: Drayson Bowman, Jimmy Hayes, Mike Hoeffel, Tyler Johnson, Danny Kristo, Jim O’Brien, Aaron Palushaj, Matt Rust, Jordan Schroeder, Eric Tangradi, James van Riemsdyk, Mitch Wahl, Colin Wilson.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. UNITED STATES ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
current champion
since 05 Jan 2008)
Last Title 29 Dec 2004
78 All-Time Wins
8 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie)
3 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-2 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€“ 29 Dec 1985 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Hamilton ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs.ย USA)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 2-1 USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (SO) โ€“ 03 Jan 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 5-1 GER ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช โ€“ 29 Dec 2008 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย CAN 6-5 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ (SO) โ€“ 03 Jan 2009 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Ottawa ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada



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