WORLD JRS: Canada obliterates Slovakia 8-0 in tournament opener

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Team Canada opened its portion of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship tournament by obliterating Slovakia 8-0 on Friday.

Similar to his time in net during the pre-tournament warm-up series, goaltender Zachary Fucale of the Québec Remparts did not find himself tested very often, but was still on-key making 12 stops to puck up not only his first victory of the tournament but his first shutout.

Robby Fabbri opened the scoring 4:52 into the game with his first of the tournament from Anthony Duclair and Sam Reinhart. Duclair would notch a goal of his own at the 8:17 mark off a pass from Max Domi to double the Canadian lead before Fabbri netted his second of the game to make it 3-0 just 52 seconds later from Nic Petan and Madison Bowey. With the Canadians up by three at the end of the first period, they also led on shots 14-3.

Nick Paul would continue the Canadian onslught with his first of the tournament from Lawson Crouse and Jake Virtanen 6:56 into the second period before Braydon Point would hammer home the fifth Canadian goal with 8:25 to play from Fabbri and Petan. Point’s goal would chase Slovakian starter Denis Golda who would be replaced by David Okolicany. Domi would get his first of the tournament from Bowey and Reinhart with 3:46 remaining while Petan would round out the second period scoring drive giving Canada a 7-0 lead after 40 minutes of play with 2:39 left in the period. Fabbri and Joe Hicketts picked up the assists on Petan’s marker. Shots after the second period were 14-5 in Canada’s favour.

The third period would remain mostly quiet, but Virtanen would join in on the goal scoring parade tapping home a shot from Point that initially went wide to give the Canadians an 8-0 victory and a big three points to start the tournament. Shots in the third period were 6-4 for Canada, giving the Canadians a 34-12 edge.

Golda, who started in net for Slovakia allowed five goals on 23 shots while Okolicany stopped eight of 11 shots in relief. Golda’s record in the tournament falls to 0-1 while Okolicany is saddled with a no-decision in relief. Fucale’s record improves to 1-0 with his 12-save shutout.

Special Teams saw neither team find any success with the man-advantage with both teams drawing nothing on three power plays aside.

The players of the game for each team saw Robby Fabbri pick up the honours for Canada while Martin Reway was named the player of the game for Slovakia.

Canada is back in action Saturday against Germany while Slovakia also sees action on Saturday against Finland. Start time for the Slovakia-Finland game is 5 p.m. AST while puck drop for the Canada-Germany game is at 9 p.m. AST. The Q News will once again have you covered with a live blog of the game with pre-game notes beginning 10 minutes before puck drop.

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