We look forward to the first game that the junior team has with Canada and it was not with Finland on Thursday night. The Canadian team won 4-1 and finished first in Group A.
Canada’s players and coaches have mentioned over the past few days how useful the barometer can be when it comes to the medal round. At the very least, if the national team plays as they did on Thursday in the rest of the tournament, they will be hard to beat.
From the first moments of the meeting, the team led by Andre Tourign set its pace and forced the Finns to adopt the same strategy as the Germans, Slovaks and Swiss in front of them: retreating and withdrawing. Protect.
“It was fantastic,” Tourigni said after the game. Cheat in front of the guys and it was awesome. We put a lot of pressure and our defenders were involved. The power is exceptional, and I’m very proud of the fact that we have been able to maintain this pressure throughout the game. “
“It’s a battle for first place. We know it’s a big game and we are nuts when we get on the ice. I’m so glad we started, I think the first half of the whole tournament so far is our best. .
The Canadian coach said his team’s strength since the start of the selection camp has been deep in both attack and defense. Thursday allowed his team to be so relentless on the forecheck and it was 60 minutes.
“Sometimes I sound like a Rambler, but I say that from the beginning. The depth of our team in defense and attack allows us to keep up the pressure. When you do 45 or 50 second presence, you get tired and you don’t have a single focus on details. The depth of our team allows us to play with four lines. ”
Stress in the third place
However, in the manager’s view, his team put aside some of their forward failure in the third period, which allowed the Finns to regain some hair.
After trailing 3-0, Finland put a little more than two-thirds of the pressure on Canada, scoring their first goal of the game, then narrowing the gap to two goals.
Cogens scored his first goal in the first period, but closed the books on the empty net. Dylan Holloway and Peyton Krebs also scored for the Canadian team.
This progress to third place is nothing to cheer up Finnish manager Auntie Pennanen.
“We are not ready and this is a tough meeting for us,” he admitted. They won all the battles. We adjusted the shot to third, but it didn’t fit. ”
Canada’s first place in Group A in the quarter-finals on Saturday, and a win over Finns in the clash with the Czech Republic, who are fourth in Group B.
The Czechs finished the preliminary round with two rounds and two defeats, but one of their two victories came against the Russians.
“For the year, the Czechs cause surprises. They are hard to play and fight with great pride. They want to close the neutral zone, prevent it from accelerating and all five of them are waiting in their enclave. It will be difficult to get in front of the net and we can win our battles there. “It simply came to our notice then.
Newhook was injured
Annie Rosie is not the only ECJ to have lost striker Alex Newhook in the first period. The next defender Emil Viro was badly injured when he entered the zone and it was the left shoulder, which seems to have taken a lot of shock. The Boston College Eagles color-bearer returned early in the second half, but quickly headed into the locker room and never saw again. Hockey Canada later confirmed that Colorado Avalanche likely had an injury to the upper body, and could not give Andre Tourign an update on his health after the game.