Playing in Group A, Canadian players have put the two easy tests at this stage behind them with wins over Slovakia and Germany, scoring 12 times in two nights and not conceding a single goal.
On Saturday, Connor McDavid opened the scoring at 4:11 of the first period, answering his critics who posed questions when the rising star failed to join the goal party against Slovakia the previous night.
McDavid set up two more goals on the night to finish with three points.
Canada’s Max Domi is stopped by German goalie Kevin Reich on a breakaway. Domi did get the better of Reich with a third period goal.
The other goals came from Curtis Lazar, Max Domi and Madison Bowey. Another three-point night – all helpers – was had by Nic Petan.
“Finding the back of the net is big for my confidence, it was a step in the right direction,” Lazar, the team captain, said after the match. Like McDavid, he too was kept off the scoreboard on Friday.
“For Connor and myself it’s nice to finally contribute a little bit.”
Curtis Lazar and Robby Fabbri on their way to celebrate Connor McDavid’s first goal of the tournament. McDavid would later add two assists to make it a three-point night against Germany.
Goaltender Eric Comrie saved 17 shots for the shutout with Friday’s goalie Zachary Fucale rested.
“When you’ve got two goalies with confidence going into the next game, there’s not much more you can ask for,” defenceman Shea Theodore said praising the “huge” boost in Canada’s net.
Three of the four Canada goals came on power plays, while they also killed off man advantages for Germany on six occasions.
Canada gets Sunday off before facing Finland on Monday and the United States on Wednesday to end the group stage in Montreal. All games are shown live on TSN in Canada.
Friday, December 26, 2014/p>
Canada 8-0 Slovakia
Canada flexed its offensive muscles Friday night, overpowering Slovakia 8-0 in its 2015 World Junior Championship debut in Montreal.
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.
— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) December 27, 2014
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.