WORLD JRS: Domi, Duclair powers Canada over Switzerland in pre-tournament play
It was the Domi and Duclair show in Montreal, Qué., on Tuesday as the pair combined for six points as Team Canada downed its counterparts from Switzerland 6-0 in the final pre-tournament game on their schedule.
The first period started off rather slow and was kept quiet despite Canadian puck possession. Brayden Point would open up the scoring off a pass from Josh Morrissey with 6:26 remaining in the opening frame while on the power play.
Similar to the first period, the second period saw very little scoring for the first-half of the period as Canada spent most of that time on the penalty kill. Max Domi would finally increase the Canadians lead with 4:14 to play off the stuck of Anthony Dulcair. Morrissey would pick up his second assist of the game. Thirteen seconds later, Domi would be officially credited with his second goal of the game once again from Duclair and San Reinhart. Canada would make it 4-0 scoring their third goal inside of a minute after Jake Virtanen found the back of the net off a pass from Darnell Lurse with 3:21 to play in the second. With the Canadians firmly ahead by four goals, only 20 minutes of play stood between them and victory.
Canada would increase their lead even further with two goals in the third period. The first coming at the 6:02 mark of the final frame as Nick Ritchie walked out from behind Switzerland’s net and poked the puck over the goal line. Connor McDavid picked up the assist on the play. Just over two minutes later at the 8:16 mark, Domi would finalize the hat trick off another pass from Duclair to make it 6-0. This is how the score would stand giving the Canadians their second straight victory in pre-tournament competition.
Zachary Fucale had a fairly easy yet interesting night stopping all 14 shots he faced to pick up the shutout victory. Ludovic Waeber got the start for Switzerland allowing six goals on 43 shots.
Special teams saw Canada score once on five power play opportunities while Switzerland were unsuccessful in their five man advantages.
Canada’s next game comes Friday as they play their first tournament game against Slovakia. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ADT. The Q News will have you covered with a live blog of the game and a full recap following the contest.