It was a pretty special night at the Air Canada Centre, as team Canada would hit the ice for the first time in Toronto to take on team Denmark in what should be an exciting quarter-final game. And oh, was it ever! Canada shined in Toronto, defeating Denmark by a whopping score of 8-0. It was a fun night for sure. Let me take you through it!
Well, team Canada started the game on a tough note as forward Robby Fabbri would leave the game with a lower-body injury (leg/knee) and did not return. Basically, Fabbri was tangled up along the boards in the corner with Danish defenceman Anders Krogsgaard and would awkwardly bend his knee in a way knees aren’t supposed to be bent. It was a tough blow for the Canadian team, but they got through it.
Canada would get their first quality scoring chance moments after the Fabbri injury with Anthony Duclair almost burying a mini-breakaway type goal that would hit the outside post. He had Denmark’s goaltender George Sorensen beat – and would’ve scored if the puck didn’t hit the post.
But no worries. Canada would score sooner rather than later.
With about 9 minutes to go in the period, Connor McDavid would skate with the puck from the neutral zone and behind the net in the offensive zone, where he fell on his stomach, but somehow managed to feed Curtis Lazar the puck in front of the net, and where the Captain would score the first goal of the game! That McDavid kid is pretty good, I guess?
Moments after going up 1-0, Canada would then extend their lead to 2-0 with Sam Reinhart roofing the puck from inside the slot. Hats off to Duclair, who made a nice pass from behind the net to Reinhart.
So, after the first period of play Canada would go into the intermission on a very positive note, up 2-0 and outshooting Denmark 14-6.
It only took Canada seven minutes to score their next goal in the second period, as Lawson Crouse would casually walk in and snipe one past Sorensen, giving Canada a nice 3-0 lead.
But Denmark just could not hold off the powerful Canadian team.
McDavid McJesus would then extend Canada’s already nice 3-0 lead, to 4-0 after scoring a BEAUTIFUL breakaway goal. If you’re a follower of the OHL, you see this type of stuff from the young gun all the time. Very impressive stuff from the kid who is projected to go first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (#Edmonton).
The Denmark team would show signs all sorts of defensive issues, especially on Canada’s fifth goal of the game. Joe Hicketts fed Captain Lazar a very nice breakaway pass that would go through a crowd of players. Lazar, of course, was able to increase Canada’s lead to 5-0 heading into the second intermission.
At this point, Canada has the game sealed and Denmark just needs to get through what would seem like a very long third period. Quick! Somebody stop the bleeding!
But with Canada already up 5-0 – nothing would stop them from scoring more goals. So why not? Nick Paul scored a nasty backhand goal just 3:08 into the final period giving Canada a 6-0 lead. By now, when Canada scores their goals, they would just casually skate to the bench with a huge smile. They weren’t getting cocky – and that’s good.
The remainder of the period would see Canada score two more goals, one from Brayden Point and the other from Nick Ritchie.
So, with the big win Friday night, team Canada will now move on to the semi-finals where they will meet with team Slovakia on Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
See you then!