WORLD JRS: Special Teams play key as Canada shuts out Germany

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Despite heavy pressure in the second period, the Germans were unable to stop the Canadian power play machine nor beat goaltender Eric Comrie as Team Canada shut out Germany 4-0 on Saturday.

Being out-shot for the first time in the tournament during the middle frame of the game 10-6, Canada found themselves on six penalty kills and were effective in shutting down the German power play.

On the flip side, the German penalty kill was only able to stop one of Canada’s four man-advantages as the Canadians found the back of the net three times on the power play.

Under media scrutiny for not having a point in Canada’s dominating 8-0 victory over Slovakia a night ago, Connor McDavid opened the Canadian scoring drive just 4:11 into the opening period banging home his own rebound. Nic Petan and Josh Morrissey picked up the assists on McDavid’s first goal of the tournament on the power play. McDavid would have a hand in Canada’s second goal of the game, feeding team captain Curtis Lazar with 7:18 remaining in the first. Nic Petan picked up his second assist of the game on Canada’s second power play goal of the period. Leading 2-0 after 20 minutes of play, Canada led on shots 11-4.

The second period saw the Germans come out and apply significant pressure, testing Comrie numerous times, but not being able to make anything of it. Despite the 10-6 edge on shots for Germany, neither team found the back of the net and the score remained 2-0 for Canada after two periods of play.

The third period remained rather quiet on the goal sheet until the 9:14 mark of the period when Sam Reinhart fed Max Domi with a stunning back-hand pass for Domi’s second of the tournament and lone even-strength goal of the game. With 4:16 remaining in the period and on their fourth power play of the game, Madison Bowey received a perfect pass from Petan and roofed his shot over German goaltender Kevin Reich’s glove-hand side to make it 4-0 Canada. McDavid was credited with an assist on Canada’s third power play goal of the game. As time ran out, Canada would extend its tournament shutout streak to 120 minutes with their second victory of the tournament. Shots in the third period were 14-3 for Canada, giving them a 31-17 edge in shots.

Special Teams, being the big story of the game, saw Canada go three-for-four with the man-advantage while Germany was unsuccessful in all six of their power play opportunities.

Comrie picked up the victory stopping all 17 shots he faced while Reich suffered his first defeat of the tournament allowing four goals on 31 shots.

Germany is back in action on Sunday against the United States who sat idle on Saturday. Puck drop for that game is scheduled for 9 p.m. AST. As for Canada, they have Sunday off and are back in action Monday night against Finland for a 9 p.m. AST start. Keep it locked to The Q News for all your World Junior Hockey Championship coverage.

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