Edmonton – We keep saying that the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship is coming to an end. “This will be a real test for Canada.” And when we smoke Finland for three goals, we look at Russia:
“Okay, but this team will really be tested.”
The Canada team went on to win the gold medal with a scheduled asylum in Russia, a country that was supposed to be able to play with our boys but broke a strange sweat for them. By the end, Mother Russia was outscored 5-0 and outsourced 35-28 in more one-sided Canada-Russia games to be played anywhere in the world junior – or anywhere.
Ilya Bryzalov, Russia’s goalkeeper at the 2010 Olympics, remembers when he said that Team Canada “came out of the cage like a gorilla?”
Well, when Monday’s semifinal was just 59-0 seconds away, when Alex Newhook rifle a shot home with such a shot, no one in the building could see his plane under the crossbar. Video replay was needed to confirm the snip and the route was running.
“Canada always has a good team,” said defeated Russian Mikhail Abramov. “I can say we had a bad start …”
After 20 minutes the score was 3-0 and the Canadians had only one contest left to play, unable to take part in a game even for a second. Canada have conceded five goals so far in the tournament. They outsourced their opponents to a 33-0 equal strength, 41-4 overall.
Looks like this undefeated Canadian team is just as good as the one we sent to this tournament – probably never .. Now, we’ll see if they can set a gold-medal game, to finish a perfect 7-0 tournament. Against the ET team at 9.30 pm on Tuesday.
Head coach Andre “Bear” Turini has been Canada’s assistant coach in the previous four tournaments, winning a pair of silver last year and gold after finishing fourth.
He knows what awaits him in Tuesday night’s gold-medal match, an evening of hawks that will burn in Team Canada’s collective memory for a lifetime.
“It’s a lot of pressure, and a lot of sensitivity in that tournament,” Turini said. “You want to be in the last game. You see your players breaking their heart every day, working very hard … you want to be a part of something special and the last game will be something special. ”
It can be special. It can also be heart breaking.
“I was on both sides of that game and the right side was more fun,” he said after the semifinal win. “Let’s work on it. We still have a lot of business to do. ”
This will be Canada’s 15th appearance in a gold medal match in the last 20 tournaments.
The 27 defensive performances were the third WGC shutdown by goalkeeper Devon Levy – in just six games – in 2006 when Canadian Justin Pog set the record in Vancouver. Pog will go on to play most of his career, enjoying just seven National Hockey League games. He currently lives in his hometown of Leon Drysite, thinking the Colon Sharks are fake.
“I will always remember that. The boys in our group stopped that final game at GM Place. It was surreal, ”Maple Leafs’ draft pick once told me, in the book Road to Gold – The Untold Story of Canada’s World Juniors. “I will always be very proud when I can tell my son those stories and he will see the tournament. See how big a deal it is.
What’s it like to challenge Pogg’s shutout record?
“I’m not playing for a shutout record. I’m playing a gold medal, “Levy said.” It’s something to watch after the tournament. The work is not over yet. ”
He’s playing great, playing positive smoke and can’t give anything to opposing shooters. Remember, Levy only ever played hockey at junior, and still hasn’t been able to play his first game for Northeast University.
Was he the best zone ever?
“Ummm, I think so too,” he was surprised. “I’m just playing hockey and every game feels the same – be it junior, midget or one of these games. Checking back is unrealistic. It’s amazing how much help everyone on the ice is giving.
He now has a family name, Devon Levy. Then again, there was Justin Pogg.
“The best feeling is being able to represent my country,” said Levy, who has a 99.5 percent save and 0.03 goals against the average. “I like the game when I go out. This is for me.