Photo: Darryl Dyck, The canadian Press
Jared McIsaac and Maxime Comtois celebrate after scoring a goal in the first period against the Czech team.
A little bit of adversity has helped a few young canadian players to reach a higher level in the world Championship of junior hockey, said head coach of the team.
Tim Hunter had left Alexis Lafrenière and Joe Veleno during the entirety of the third period during the duel between the Canada, the Switzerland, on Thursday. For the coach, the two attackers were not up to par.
Lafrenière has responded by scoring an important goal in the first period in the victory at 5-1 in the Canada against the Czech Republic on Saturday. Veleno has collected one assist on the fourth goal to allow the canadian to remain undefeated after three games.
“When the guys are confronted with challenges and speaks to them directly… they understand the process,” said Hunter after the victory.
“For the first time in their career [Veleno and Lafrenière] have faced a few bumps, and we have removed the ice time. It had never happened before. Then I understand, but in these moments, we must communicate with them to explain the process. “
Lafrenière has in full view since his arrival in the League the Quebec major junior hockey (QMJHL), where he plays with the Océanic de Rimouski. In his second season, he scored 17 goals and 37 assists in 31 games.
The attacker six feet and one inch, 192 pounds, has remained true to its identity so far in the tournament, but has not been sufficiently consistent, ” stated Hunter.
“And this is typical. He was only 17 years old, he retorted. I don’t expect it to be perfect, but when it is not perfect, it does not play as much. And he understands that. “
Lafrenière, the ninth youngest player to align with the canadian team in the history of the tournament, agreed with the critics of his coach.
“I have to improve on the defensive side, when I don’t have the puck. He is right. I have to improve myself and this is what I tried to do this evening, ” he admitted, adding that the goal he scored he has removed a lot of weight on the shoulders.
Morgan Frost, a goal and an assist, Maxime Comtois, Brett Leason and MacKenzie Entwistle have also moved the ropes on the side of Canada (3-0-0), who attempts to defend his title.
Ondrej following cities posted was the author of the only goal of the Czechs (0-1-2), who finished in fourth place last year after suffering a setback of 7-2 in the semi-final against Canada.
The hope of the Vancouver Canucks, Michael DiPietro, has pushed back 23 of 24 shots directed towards him for training canadian, with a stop of the mitten shorthanded midway in the second period.
The goalie is that his team improves as the tournament advances.
“We do not store 14 goals, but we are more solid in the small details, he said, in reference to the first victory of the Canada, 14-0 in the face in Denmark. I believe that it is simply the way we play, we are faithful to our identity and the rest comes naturally. “
Jiri Patera has, for its part, has made 16 stops before being replaced by Jakub Skarek at the beginning of the third period. This last conceded a goal in 10 shots.
Canada opened the scoring in the sixth minute of the game in the first period after that Comtois had outsmarted the goalkeeper with a quick shot, which was deflected into the back of the attacker Czech Martin Kaut.
The Czechs, however, have not set time before you can replicate. On the next play, the celebration of Canada, Jan Jenick has made a beautiful pass in the direction of the following cities posted, who fired a powerful shot to beat DiPietro.
After having experienced some difficulties with the special units — one goal in eight opportunities in the digital advantage after two games — Leason has conjured the wrong spell, deflecting the shot from the edge of Ty Smith between the leggings Patera to 2-1, while Kaut was in the dungeon.
In the second round, Entwistle scored his third goal in as many games. Frost added an insurance goal for Canada, capitalizing in numerical superiority, the third-party. On the sequence, Nick Suzuki has perfectly served his team-mate, who was posted to the left of goalkeeper Czech.
Canada will take on Russia in their last game of the preliminary phase on Monday.