EDMONTONE | The logic was respected yesterday between Team Canada Junior and Switzerland, but it was much less irregular than expected. The Canadians won 6-3 to advance to tomorrow night’s semifinal.
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The Canadians took a 4-1 lead in the opening period, chasing goalkeeper Noah Patenaude after he gave up four times out of nine shots. However, the tough Swiss didn’t give up and traded blow for blow with ECJ, before Logan Stankoven scored into an empty net confirming the Canadian victory.
“We want to improve from game to game, but we took a step back today,” agreed striker Elliot Desnoyers. No game will be easy and it is a good time to realize that you have to work for 60 minutes in the next few games.
After the retirement of Patenaude, Kevin Pasche was excellent in front of the net for the Swiss, blocking 30 of the 31 discs aimed at him.
“The change of goalkeeper did him good. He made some great saves and that changed the momentum of the match, “added Desnoyers.
GAME NOT EQUAL
Coach Dave Cameron agrees with Quebec central player analysis.
“I found our game erratic tonight. I didn’t feel we had the same energy. We faced a team that had absolutely nothing to lose and we have to give them credit. They made it interesting, but we found a way to win.
Tyson Foerster, Jack Thompson, Stankoven with two, Nathan Gaucher and Will Cuylle scored for Team Canada.
In Gaucher’s case, it was his first time in the competition.
“It feels good! I haven’t thought about it much. It happens today and plus it happens to be the winning goal. I was super happy. If I can contribute in an offensive way, that’s an advantage.
The ECJ will face the Czech Republic in the semi-finals on Friday. The latter caused the surprise of the tournament by eliminating the United States in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night.
Junior Team Canada may have suffered a serious loss yesterday. One of his most consistent players since the start of the competition, center Ridly Greig left the game after being hit by Vincent Despont in the first half and didn’t return afterwards. He appeared to injure his left arm in the footage. Elliot Desnoyers took his place on the third row of the team with Joshua Roy and William Dufour. Cameron had no updates to provide after the meeting.
“I think it went well. We know each other well and it is easier to communicate in French on ice. Both are great players and it is easy to understand where they will send the puck and where I need to position myself. “
Also, having been out for much of the last two periods of last Monday’s game against Finland, Connor Bedard returned to the frontline yesterday with Mason McTavish. Same treatment also for Brennan Othmann, relegated from the first to the fourth row. It was the imposing Will Cuylle who had taken his place with the two talented strikers.
1-POWER: Tyson Foerster (3) (Stankoven, Seeley) 1:07
2-ON: Simon Knak (2) (Zanetti, Despont) 2:21
3-POWER: Jack Thompson (1) (Seeley, McTavish) 12:31
4-POWER: Logan Stankoven (2) (unaided) 14:32
5-POWER: Nathan Gaucher (1) (Desnoyers, O’Rourke) 17:01
6-ON: Attilio Biasca (3) (Fahrni, Taibel) 19:51
7-POWER: Will Cuylle (2) (Zellweger, Foerster) 4:20
8-ON: Attilio Biasca (4) (unaided) 7:51
punishments: Mancino (Can) 12:33, bench penalty (Sui) (served by Alge) 15:23.
9-POWER: Logan Stankoven (3) (Johnson) FD-18: 51
punishments: Othmann (Can) 7:12, Despont (Sui) 7:12.
SHOOT IN THE NET
CANADA: 13 – 13 – 15 – 41
SWISS : 10 – 7 – 9 – 26
POWER: Dylan Garand (sol, 4-0).
ON: Noah Patenaude (P, 1-2), Kevin Pasche (at 17:01 of the 1st pers.).
POWER: 0 in 1, SUI: 0 in 1.
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