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TIGERS PLAY ROLE IN CANADA’S PRELIMINARY WIN

FIVE-GOAL FIRST PERIOD HELPS CANADA TO PRE-U18 WORLDS WIN

JASON LA ROSE

WINNIPEG, Man. – Beck Malenstyn (Delta, B.C./Calgary, WHL) and Maxime Comtois (Ste-Martine, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) scored two goals apiece, leading Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a 7-1 pre-tournament win over the Czech Republic on Sunday night.

The game was the first of two for Canada ahead of the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship; it faces Sweden on Tuesday night at the MTS Centre before heading south to Grand Forks, N.D., for the U18 worlds.

David Quenneville (Edmonton, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL), Mason Shaw (Wainwright, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) and Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) had the other goals for Canada, while Pascal Laberge (Ste-Martine, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) added four assists, all in the opening frame.

The Canadians took control early, netting five goals in a span of 13:04 in the first period.

Malenstyn got the scoring started quickly, beating Czech goaltender Josef Korenar only 3:20 in, before Comtois added his first goal on the power play at 9:49, and Quenneville made it 3-0 just 74 seconds later.

The power play struck again at 12:27, this time off the stick of Mason Shaw, and McLeod capped the offensive outburst at 16:24, sending the Canadians to the intermission with a commanding lead.

Matyas Kantner cut into the Canadian lead four minutes into the second period, getting a shot past netminder Evan Fitzpatrick (Lower Sackville, N.S./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), but Malenstyn and Comtois added their second goals in the final 3:25 of the middle frame.

Canada held an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal in a scoreless third period, and 32-24 overall.

Malenstyn finished with three points, McLeod and Shaw added a goal and a helper apiece, and Jakob Chychrun (Toronto, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and William Bitten (Ottawa, Ont./Flint, OHL) chipped in with two assists each.

After closing out their pre-tournament schedule Tuesday night (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT), the Canadians open the U18 worlds against Denmark on Friday in Grand Forks (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

Game Information
Game # 1 Round Exhibition
Arena MTS Iceplex Location Winnipeg, Man.
Date Sunday, April 10, 2016 Time 19:00 CT

 

Box Score 1 2 3 Total
CAN 5 2 0 7
CZE 0 1 0 1

 

Goals & Penalties
First Period
Goals :
03:20 CAN Beck Malenstyn (Pascal Laberge, Jakob Chychrun)
09:49 CAN Maxime Comtois (William Bitten, Antoine Morand) PP
11:03 CAN David Quenneville (Pascal Laberge, Michael McLeod)
12:27 CAN Mason Shaw (Pascal Laberge, Jakob Chychrun) PP
16:24 CAN Michael McLeod (Pascal Laberge, Beck Malenstyn)

Penalties :
09:01 CZE Ondrej Kachyna (High-sticking)
11:34 CZE Filip Zadina (Check from Behind)
11:34 CZE Filip Zadina (Misconduct)

Second Period
Goals :
03:55 CZE Matyas Kantner (Ondrej Najman, Pavel Kousal)
16:35 CAN Beck Malenstyn (Dante Fabbro, Evan Fitzpatrick) SH
18:12 CAN Maxime Comtois (William Bitten, Mason Shaw)

Penalties :
04:35 CZE Libor Hajek (Holding)
12:38 CAN Logan Stanley (Interference)
15:59 CAN Jakob Chychrun (Hooking)

Third Period
Goals :
None

Penalties :
04:13 CAN Pascal Laberge (Delay of Game)
11:07 CAN Logan Stanley (Closing Hand on the Puck)

 

Goaltenders
CAN Evan Fitzpatrick
CZE Josef Korenar; Dominik Groh (3rd/00:00)

 

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 Total
CAN 13 11 8 32
CZE 7 12 5 24
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