Canada’s National Junior Team hopefuls opened up the Sport Chek Summer Development Camp with a pair of split-squad games against the United States Tuesday. Canada came away with a 1-1 decision in the tournament openers, with Team Canada White defeating Team USA Blue 2-1, while Team Canada Red fell 8-2 to Team USA White.

 

Team Canada White 2, Team USA Blue 1

 

·        Jordan Kyrou (Toronto/Sarnia, OHL) and Robert Thomas (Aurora, Ont./London, OHL) scored for Canada in the win.

·        Canada’s goaltending tandem of Michael DiPietro (Amhertsburg, Ont./Windsor, OHL) and Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL)stopped 11 and 19 shots respectively in the game.

 

Team Canada Red 2, Team USA White 8

 

·        Cliff Pu (Richmond Hill, Ont./London, OHL) and Brett Howden (Oakbank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL) scored for Team Canada, while Dennis Cholowski (Langley, B.C./St. Cloud State, NCHC), Jonah Gadjovich (Whitby, Ont.,/Owen Sound, OHL), and David Quenneville (Edmonton/Medicine Hat, WHL) chipped in with an assist each.

·        Stuart Skinner (Edmonton/Lethbridge, WHL) and Dylan Wells (St. Catharines, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) split netminding duties, combining for 23 saves.

·        The U.S. outshot Canada 31-24 in the game.

 

Next Game:

Canada will field a full roster ahead of its next game Wednesday against Finland at 1 p.m. ET;  TSN, the official broadcaster partner of Hockey Canada, will broadcast air the game live on TSN 1, 3, 4, and 5. Check local listings for details.

 

Quotes:

 

“Looking back to last year, we didn’t win a game here and a few games got away from us. This is a new year and we need to build that basis of what we want to be in December. It’s exciting times with the new guys coming in and maybe a little jitters and nerves, penalties and discipline was a cause of that, but we’ll regroup and get ready for the next game.”

            – Dante Fabbro (Coquitlam, B.C./Boston University, HE)

 

“One of our goals was to come away with a big start, chip away at pucks and win our one-on-one battles; and with [our] goalies [Hart and DiPietro] standing on their heads, making breakaway saves, [it] motivates the team and gets us pumped up to play better for them.”

            – Jordan Kyrou, Team Canada forward

 

“I thought our first group got surprised; it was our first game and we knew the U.S. played a few games before. It took too long to get into [the game] and we fell behind, but I think it helped the second group to see the game, the pace. It helped them get ready and we’ll get better from there.”

            – Dominique Ducharme, head coach