It was close, but the 6-4 decision by Canada at the Inline World Hockey Championships against Germany on Monday was good enough to stay undefeated.
It took the Canadians almost no time to find the back of the net. With just over a minute off the clock, Dave Hammond’s shot was stopped by the left pad of German netminder Jochen Vollmer. The German defenseman in front of the net struggled to do anything with the puck, however, allowing Josh Foote to bang home the rebound just outside the crease for the 1-0 goal.
Very much like the game against Slovakia on Sunday, Canada made sure to control the puck play early. Some penalties to the Germans gave the Canadians a bit more room to play with, and Hammond’s deadly shot from far out almost made his opponents pay. Unfortunately for the Canadian star, his chances would result in a missed net, a dinger off the post and a big pad save by Vollmer, but the team in red and white sure looked confident in the opening quarter.
Canada would finish the opening period with a 2-0 lead. With 42 seconds left, Adam Ross took a wicked wrist shot that went bardown for the nice goal. It wasn’t declared a goal right away, however, but a quick review showed that the puck had for sure went in and Canada would take the 2-0 lead. With 7.1 seconds left to go in the first, Ross would grab another one, knocking it between new German netminder Thomas Ower’s five hole after crashing the crease for the 3-0 lead heading into the first break.
With 26 seconds off the clock in the second quarter, the Germans would find a way to get the puck in the back of the net. Canada’s defense had a brainfart for a quick second in front of the red line, allowing Patrick Seifert to skate in all alone. Seifert, a pro defenseman with the DEL’s Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, would make no mistake on the breakaway chance, firing it past Brett Leggat on their first shot of the period to make it 3-1.
Just minutes later, Canada would regain their three goal lead. This time, Brett Bulmer’s pass landed on the stick of sharpshooter Thomas Woods, whose shot was strong enough to break through any wall to make it 4-1 Canada. With under four minutes to go in the first half, Ross would complete the hat-trick with a far-out wrist sot that Ower really should have had, giving his team the 5-1 lead heading into the intermission.
It would take until the midway mark of the third quarter for someone to find the back of the net. With Germany buzzing around the net, Alexander Duck would put Germany back on the board after Leggat fell back into his own net with the puck, making it 5-2.
Germany’s comeback effort wasn’t to be ignored. with three minutes to go in the third frame, Seifert finished his end-to-end effort by scoring on a diving chance in front of the crease, giving himself his second of the night and Germany’s third of the game.
With a minute complete in the final quarter, Germany made Canada pay for their lazy effort in the second half. With everything going Germany’s way, Max Schmidle fired one past Leggat for the 5-4 goal, bringing them within one after looking like they were out of the game early on. The one goal lead wouldn’t last very long, however, as Hammond would fire one under the right arm of Ower to restore Canada’s two goal lead just a shift later. The Germans tried their best to narrow the lead in the closing stages of the game, but once it was all said and done, Canada would finish with the 6-4 victory on Monday,
With the win, Canada will battle the Americans on Tuesday at 1pm EST to decide who grabs first place in Group B after finishing the second day tied with six points each. The winner of that game will play against the fourth place team in Group A on Thursday, while the loser will challenge the third place team in the opposite group instead.
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