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.
· 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.
· 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.
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.
“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