Canada’s group-level excellence continues, but the real tests are long

Edmonton – The Hockey Gods showed no mercy to Team Canada during the Red Deer training camp, when COVID-19 struck and Quarantine snatched their four planned games against the University competition. Then the pre-tournament games of the tournament spread from two to one and suddenly the World Juniors started and Canada still rusted.

Very rusty.

The equestrian, however, appeared in the form of last year’s gold medal, which placed Canada in the weaker group and opened the 2021 tournament against Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Result: A total of 29-2 scores and 42 shots per goal allowed. Their pre-tournament matches in the tournament ended with a 10-0 win over Switzerland on Tuesday night. Canada led Switzerland 42-15 with scores of 1-0, 5-0 and 10-0 and usually did what they wanted against the Swiss, as you might expect when 19 teams in the first round play the same zero one opponent.

So, on Thursday both teams face Finland in the group stage final – and a chance to give the fourth-place team from Group B in a quarter-final game – let’s see where Team Canada has them now. The pre-tournament game of the tournament is over.

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Learning curve

Scores 16-2, 3-1 and 10-0 where in three games you can really learn something about your team? Head coach Andre Turgony says you can.

“A lot happened in that game. It doesn’t look like that, but the 6 “head coach of Canada started.

Turguny observed an up-and-down night where his team sometimes played well, lost their focus, and then got the mission back and ended the night with their game at the behest of a high-level coach.

“I’m happy with the way our team has grown in that game,” he said. “The way we came back after the tough second half of the first episode. The way our powerplay reacted after the first two powerplaces. The way we came back after getting a little loose.”

“It was a really good game for us to learn about ourselves. Get on the same page. “

Yet, the adversity is so brief – like a few minutes against the Slovaks – that it is impossible to know what the reaction will be in the end when Team Canada pushes a bit from a good team. And with an average of 14 shots a night, how do you figure out how starter Devon Levy would react to some serious territory against Sweden or Russia?

What did Topigny learn from these three games more than the total three content?

“We have more chemistry. We have less hesitation in our game. We have more structure, more confidence, ”he said. “We know who else is: a hard forechecking team that has the ability to fight really fast. We have large sized bodies that can foreclose and generate a lot of turnover. Our ‘D’ skates are really good – they can kill plays in neutral territory.

“So, we know better than we did a week ago.”

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Swiss Bliss

Mike Tyson called it best: “Everyone has a plan, unless they punch you in the face.”

And so the Swiss game plan melted away some time after the first mediation, like Tobbron in the scorching sun.

“It was a tough game. We had to play simple. Stick to the plan,” said Swiss captain Simon Nak.

Switzerland came down 1-0 after 20 minutes. Alas, still have to play 40, and Canada was much higher than the Swiss put behind them.

“It simply came to our notice then. Defensively good. Make simple dramas. Stress their defenses. Finish the hit, ”said assistant captain Joel Salzebar. “In the beginning we did it … the first period wasn’t bad. But in the last period, we didn’t stand up and show some character.

“That was a big problem in this game.”

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The queue train arrives

If the big Quinton Bayfield at the team’s training camp was less noticeable, as the people in the red deer would attest, those same eyes were coming out of some heads on Tuesday. Unlike multiple junior Swiss players, the six-foot-four bifield looked like Milan Lucic in a Bantam game, skating with two goals and four assists on a six-point night.

A year ago, the whole world juniors played Bayfield without scoring a goal. Now, Canada is moving forward in exactly the way it started playing important games.

“A great relief, of course,” he said of his first goal. “Last year was a bit of a hit without getting a goal, but I won’t trade it for anything. We’re still out with a gold medal.”

As a veteran veteran, people expected Bayfield to dominate from the first shift of the camp. He didn’t, but now the way he’s playing, who cares?

“After playing hockey for eight or nine months, I had to go back to my comfort zone. “I finally got to see my feet … and tonight was exactly the kind of thing that happened,” said LAA Kings’ draft pick. “Me and the Pelts (flame draft pick Jacob Pelletier) had some pretty good communication and we got some bounce tonight.”

Tarrigani likes the player and has protected him in games that were no less eye-catching in the field at first. The coach sees something here – probably the same thing that made Kings him No. 2 last summer.

“She is OK. He focused on coaching. He wants to do what is right, “said Turini.” I told all the returning players at Red Deer that I would be tough on them; I would demand more from them than any other player. He responds really well. He pays attention. We asked him to manage the duck differently, we asked him to make some adjustments on the defensive side of the duck and he does. He is a more mature man than last year. Even people. ”

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