Nando Eggenberger couldn’t have preferred what he noticed from Group Canada on Wednesday.
Eggenberger, the Swiss captain, instructed reporters after his squad misplaced a 2-1 time beyond regulation resolution to the Czech Republic to open the IIHF world junior match earlier within the day at Rogers Area that “I believe we had a extremely good recreation, and if we are able to play with that keenness once more, I believe we are able to beat Canada tomorrow.”
Within the subsequent recreation of the day on the downtown rink, Canada jumped out to a 3-Zero first-period lead on Denmark and cruised to a 14-Zero shellacking of their first recreation of pool play within the under-20 occasion.
Morgan Frost, a Philadelphia Flyers prospect who performs within the OHL with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, had two objectives and one help in that opening body. He added his hat trick marker 1:50 into the second interval, placing Canada up 5-0 earlier than an amped-up crowd of 16,417.
Canada takes on the Swiss on Thursday in a 5 p.m. begin at Rogers Area.
On Wednesday, Canada introduced far more of the quick-paced, fast-forward recreation that coach Tim Hunter has been speaking up by means of the crew’s coaching camp than they did of their last exhibition recreation, a listless 5-2 loss to the Finns on Sunday at Rogers Area.
The Finns are medal contenders. The Danes aren’t anticipated to be. Even with that, you’d suppose Wednesday introduced one thing for Canada to construct on.
Hunter stated afterwards that there have been about six minutes throughout the Finland recreation that he felt his crew performed the best way he desires them to. He confirmed them these minutes on video Wednesday morning to assist hammer these beliefs house.
He stated he felt his group performed like that “95 per cent of the time.”
Right here’s what else we realized:
Chills throughout ‘Frosty’ chant
Maxime Comtois, the lone returnee from final yr’s gold-medal crew in Buffalo, had 4 objectives, whereas Cody Glass, who centres Comtois and Owen Tippett on Canada’s No. 1 line, had 4 assists.
It was Frost, although, who was named Canada’s participant of the sport and he drew chants of “Frosty, Frosty, Frosty,” from the Rogers trustworthy when it was introduced.
“It was the good second I’ve ever been part of. I had chills working by means of my physique,” Frost defined. “It was fairly loopy.”
Frost, who’s the son of former Toronto Maple Leafs public deal with announcer Andy Frost, was requested about why Canada seemed so a lot better towards Denmark than they did towards the Finns.
“It’s the primary recreation of the match so all the pieces is ramped up. I believe everybody was so excited to get the match going. Everybody was centered. We performed very well,” Frost defined.
He was taking part in on Canada’s third line, teaming with Brett Leason of the Prince Albert Raiders to flank Barrett Hayton, who additionally performs for Sault Ste. Marie.
Frost and Hayton are each pure centres, however they play collectively in some conditions with the Greyhounds.
Leason completed with two objectives and two assists. He is without doubt one of the feel-good tales of the Canadian crew, an undrafted 19-year-old who has flourished this season with Prince Albert and will properly be a first-round choice when the NHL Draft involves Rogers Area subsequent June.
Leason was main the WHL in scoring when the tryout camp roster was introduced on Dec. 3, because of 64 factors, together with 28 objectives, in 31 video games. Frost was main the OHL on the time after placing up 58 factors, with 20 objectives in 32 video games.
Leason harm his hand throughout coaching camp and missed some motion.
Tippett had two objectives and Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Jack Studnicka and MacKenzie Entwistle had the others.
Canucks followers give attention to DiPietro
Eggenberger, 19, performs within the OHL with the Oshawa Generals and has been tied to the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent, together with getting an invitation to Younger Stars final summer time in Penticton. Canucks followers’ fundamental focus, although, by means of the primary few days of motion at Rogers Area will probably be Canadian goalie Michael DiPietro.
There had been a college of thought that Hunter wasn’t clear on who he was going to ask to hold the load in web when he cut up DiPietro, Vancouver’s third-round decide in 2017, and Ian Scott of Prince Albert within the Finland recreation after which stated they’d every get a begin in Canada’s first two pool video games.
After Wednesday’s recreation, he got here out sturdy for DiPietro.
Hunter defined: “Mikey’s our man. He’s going to hold the load.”
DiPietro, who performs for the Ottawa 67’s, completed with 14 saves on the night time.
DiPietro seemed sharp early towards Denmark, holding his floor on a tough rebound strive from David Madsen with the sport scoreless on the 3:14 mark.
He used his proper pad to cease Phillip Schultz on a penalty shot at 1:42 of the third interval. Schultz had been hooked by Evan Bouchard on a breakaway try.
“It was a fairly humorous technique to get a primary shot of the third interval however you are taking them the way you get them,” DiPietro stated.
“The man got here down and he didn’t include loads of pace. I used to be fairly affected person. It was one thing we labored on at observe. I felt like I used to be with him all the best way and my pad was there.”
Within the Winterhawks’ room
Wednesday’s recreation will undoubtedly be a subject of dialog within the Portland Winterhawks’ dressing room when Glass will get again to the WHL membership. Winger Joachim Blichfeld, who often performs alongside Glass on Portland’s prime line, represented Denmark prior to now two World Juniors. At 20, Blichfeld is simply too previous to play within the match this yr.
Canada versus Switzerland
5 p.m., Rogers Area, TSN, TSN 1040.
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