Team Canada opened their first game of the prelims with a bang, soundly defeating Team Germany by a score of nine to three.
Team Canada needed just three minutes to hit the score sheet when Red Wings prospect Xavier Oullet scored on assists from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Toronto’s 2012 first overall pick Morgan Rielly.
Team Canada didn’t look back.
Team Germany’s (and Oilers 2011 draft pick) Tobias Reider scored the final goal of the first period to make it 2-1. Team Canada responded with four straight goals (Mark Scheifele, Jonathan Huberdeau, Ty Rattie and Ryan Strome) in the second period. Scheifele scored his second goal of the game for Team Canada with one second remaining in the second period, as Team Canada would emerge with a 7-3 lead after 40 minutes.
Canada would pour on two more goals in the third period (Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Wotherspoon) while yielding zero to Team Germany. Canada would finish the game up 9-3. Not too bad for their first game of the tournament.
- Nathan MacKinnon is a likely candidate to become the NHL’s first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He finished the game with an assist on Ty Rattie’s second period goal.
- Boston’s 2012 first round pick Malcolm Subban was between the pipes for Team Canada. He finished with 25 saves on 28 shots, which is plenty seeing as how your team put up a nine spot.
- Team Germany’s Elmar Trautmann played all sixty minutes between the pipes. He faced 46 shots, saving 37.
- Remember the ten-penalty circus parade to the penalty box for Canada in the exhibition games? There were only four today. I don’t know if ten power plays for Team Germany would’ve gotten them six more goals, but it probably would’ve been closer than 9-3. While Canada had four penalties today, Germany had five.
- Team Canada takes on Team Slovakia early on Friday (2:30 AM, 4:30 Eastern). Team Germany will face off against Team USA on Thursday at the much more palatable 7:00 AM (9 Eastern).
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