EARLY OUTBURST SENDS CANADA TO PRE-WJC WIN

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JASON LA ROSE

VICTORIA, B.C. – Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) had a goal and two assists for the second game in a row, and Canada’s National Junior Team rode a big first period to a 6-1 win over Slovakia on Friday night ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Owen Tippett of Team Canada watches as Maxime Comtois scores the first goal of the game. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Owen Tippett of Team Canada watches as Maxime Comtois scores the first goal of the game. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada Celebrate their first goal of the game. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada Celebrate their first goal of the game. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

The Canadians scored four times in nine minutes and 43 seconds to take control early and close out a perfect Victoria portion of their pre-tournament schedule; they downed Switzerland 5-3 on Wednesday.

Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
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Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), who had a pair of goals in the win over the Swiss, got the offence going against Slovakia, taking a feed from Glass and snapping a quick shot over the glove of Slovak goaltender Samuel Hlavaj just 6:55 in.

Jack Studnicka (Tecumseh, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) banged in a power-play goal for the second time in as many games to make it 2-0, and Nick Suzuki (London, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) was the benefactor of hard work down low by Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary, Alta./Spokane, WHL) on the 3-0 goal.

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Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
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Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

Shane Bowers (Herring Cove, N.S./Boston University, HE) batted a Joe Veleno (Kirkland, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) rebound out of midair and past Hlavaj to send Canada to the intermission up four.

Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

Glass had the lone goal of the second period, taking a pretty pass from Evan Bouchard (Oakville, Ont./London, OHL) and beating a diving Hlavaj for a power-play marker.

Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada vs Slovakia at Save on Foods Memorial Centre. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN