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
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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

Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL) added the final Canadian goal early in the third period; his seeing-eye shot from the point made its way through traffic for a 6-0 lead.

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

Patrik Hrehorcak spoiled the shutout for Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) with less than five minutes to go, racing in off the right wing and going over the short-side shoulder of the Canadian netminder.

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

Canada finished with a 45-23 advantage in shots on goal.

It finishes pre-tournament action Sunday against Finland in Vancouver (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) before opening the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day when it takes on Denmark (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

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

Quotes:

“I felt pretty confident. I went into thinking it was just another game and I think that’s what helped. There were moments where it felt like much bigger than that. I mean, you look around and the crowd’s doing the wave and stuff like that, but after a while you just settle in and you’re fine.”

            — Ian Scott on his first pre-tournament start

Team Canada's Ian Scott makes a save during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN
Team Canada’s Ian Scott makes a save during the first period. Photo by Gord Rufh ISN

 

“Good effort start to finish. Offence was spread around. Ian Scott played really well and real calm in net when he had to make a stop and just the consistency in trying to play our game right from the get go.”

— Tim Hunter (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL), head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team, on his team’s performance

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