A power outage stalled the game for over an hour, but Canada easily dominated their first game at the Under-18 World Hockey Championships with a 10-2 victory over Denmark.
The first period was as entertaining as it gets. After just 1:05 of play, Logan Stanley would get things started after firing the shot towards the net, a goal that was tipped by Jordan Kyrou for the 1-0 goal early. It was just their first shot on Mads-Emil Gransoe, who looked good in a relief effort in a loss to Slovakia the day before.
About 25 seconds later, Canada doubled their lead before the game really got going. Beck Malenstyn would get the 2-0 goal after getting his own rebound, turning a play started by Dante Fabbro into the second goal for Canada early to give the pre-game favourites the advantage.
Denmark wouldn’t give up, though. A full four minutes later, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup took advantage of poor defensive coverage by Canada and turned a Daniel Nielsen feed into Denmark’s first goal of the game, keeping things close after their second shot on Stuart Skinner.
Then, 45 seconds later, Denmark tied the contest on the power-play. Joachim Blichfeldt would get the marker after taking a pass from Oliver Gatz, firing it short side on Skinner for the 2-2 goal heading into the intermission.
The second period was sure to be exciting between Canada and Denmark, but, in a rare circumstance, the power went out at Ralph Engelstad Arena in North Dakota. The delay took about an hour before the game finally returned, something that Denmark probably wished didn’t happen. It all began 27 seconds into the frame when Kyrou got his second goal of the night, a quick wrist shot that just went under the crossbar.
Five minutes after that, Canada doubled up their lead. This time, Maxime Comtois, a 2017 NHL Draft prospect in the QMJHL, made it 4-2 with a quick shot that Denmark couldn’t contain.
Canada would end up scoring three goals in a minute and a half, all started by Comtois’ marker. Mason Shaw would make it 5-2 on a strange goal mouth scramble, a play that saw Gransoe leave the game after getting hit in the nose. Kasper Krog would take over the net for Denmark after allowing four goals on ten shots the night before, but, unfortunately for him, it wouldn’t get much better. On just his second shot, Will Bitten would get one on the power-play, handing Canada the enormous 6-2 lead.
Think Canada was done? Think again. Kyrou would get his third goal of the game on a rebound attempt, beating Gransoe on his return to the crease with a quick backhand spin to make it 7-2 Canada.
Canada would add a few more in the third. Kyrou, of course, had to be involved, grabbing his fourth goal of the game after beating Gransoe once again. Then, with the period half over, Jost got his fourth point of the game and first goal of the contest after picking up the loose puck and poking it in for the 9-2 goal. Jost would get another goal after squeaking right under Gransoe’s glove and in to make it 10-2 with about six minutes left in the contest.
Canada will play against the Czech Republic on Saturday, a team coming off of a 4-3 loss to Finland on Thursday. Puck drop is set for 8:30 pm EST at Ralph Engelstad Arena, capping off a three game day at the venue.
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