Canada blasts Slovakia in World Junior opener

Canada flexed its offensive muscles Friday night, overpowering Slovakia 8-0 in its 2015 World Junior Championship debut in Montreal./p>

Mississauga’s Robby Fabbri had himself a game with two goals and as many assists, leading his team to its first win of the tournament.

“Getting the first game out at the Bell (Centre) always feels good, points are one thing, but the way the team played throughout the whole game, staying level headed, sticking to our game, it was good to see,” said the 18-year-old St.

Louis Blues prospect of his fast start.

New York Rangers prospect Anthony Duclair scores Canada’s second goal en route to a 8-0 victory over Slovakia. (Photo: Steve Boudreau)

Both Fabbri goals came in the first period spaced in between Anthony Duclair’s back hand tally as Canada enjoyed a 3-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.

Goals by Nick Paul and Brayden Point put Slovak goaltender Denis Godla out of his misery midway through the second period – much to the crowd’s delight – with backup David Okolicany stepping in hopping for a momentum change.

Less than five minutes later Max Domi put an end to that hope, surprising Okolicany over the shoulder on the upper right corner with a powerful wrist shot as he cut to the slot atop the face-off circles. Nic Petan closed out the second with a top-shelf beauty of his own that landed on the opposite side this time increasing Canada’s lead to seven.

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Canada added another one for good measure in the third period while preserving Zachary Fucale’s shutout.

“No matter how many shots I get, I just want to be as ready as possible back there. My job doesn’t change and I just want to help the team win and that’s all that matters,” explained the Canadian netminder after his 12-save performance.

Canada will look to keep the goals flowing as they prepare to face Group A rival Germany Saturday, 8 p.m. ET on TSN.

Scott Harrigan
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