Canada will finish the preliminary round of the Youth Olympics with a 3-1 record thanks to an easy 6-0 win over Norway on Thursday.
Canada was not challenge at any point in the game, allowing just two shots in the full 45 minutes of play. At the other end, though, Canada made sure to keep Theo Rooseboom busy in the Norwegian crease, sending 37 shots his way, an usual amount for 15-year-old players.
It did take 6:02 of play for Canada to find the back of the net first. It all began when Luka Burzan found Conor Roberts on the doorstep, with Roberts beating Norway’s goaltender in close for the 1-0 goal.
Rooseboom really shined, allowing just one goal after 13 shots in the first period. The second period, however, saw Canada find the back of the net three times, including a short handed goal with about five minutes remaining in the frame. First, Carson Focht picked up the puck in front of the net and fired a quick one in the net, making it 2-0 Canada.
Shortly after, after killing off a couple of penalties, Norway would eventually find another shot in the back of the net. Burzan would give Canada the 3-0 lead, only to have Jared McIsaac, a potential first overall pick in the QMJHL Draft this Spring, make it 4-0 while down a man. Two more goals in the third period would help sink Norway, who would finish the Youth Olympics with no wins on home ice, instead allowing Canada to breeze to the end with the 6-0 victory.
With the win, Canada will meet up with Finland in a rematch of Canada’s 5-1 win from earlier in the tournament. The winner of that will advance to the final game of the tournament on Sunday, with the loser having to play in the bronze medal game on Saturday.
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