|Canada – 8||FINAL||Switzerland – 0|
|WJHC 2011 Pre-competition Game 1|
|Canada were silver medal winners in 2010|
|Switzerland were 4th place in 2010|
|Date: Dec 20 @ 5:00 PM MST|
Well here it is.. this is something I look forward to every year. My Christmas isn’t actually Christmas and opening presents, but the World Junior Hockey Championships. I absolutely love this tournament. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better hockey to be seen at any time during the year than this tournament. These kids lay it all on the line during this tourney. It’s fast, it’s physical, and it’s just all around entertaining, serious hockey. The kind of hockey that would upset the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Swiss have some returnees from last year, of course, with the biggest names being goaltender Benjamin Conz (who wooed many with some unorthodox, yet strong goaltending) and Nino Niederreiter, who wasn’t even on most peoples’ radars before the tournament but quickly became a household name afterwords by his incredible work ethic. Conz is undrafted and will look to make a case for that, but Niederreiter is of course already drafted, going 5th overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the New York Islanders. Look for him to shine again this year for the Swiss.
For Canada, there are four returning players – Team Captain and defenseman Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators), defenseman Calvin de Haan (New York Islanders), defenseman Jared Cowan (Ottawa Senators), and forward Brayden Schenn (Los Angeles Kings).
Don’t forget, this will be your first chance to watch Oilers goaltending prospect Olivier Roy in action at this tournament (EDIT: oops, actually that is tomorrow’s game vs. Sweden) I’m pretty hopeful for him. Also, we’ll get a chance to see Curtis Hamilton who is tearing it up for the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL so far this year (31gp, 15g – 27a, 42pts).
Prediction: 2-1 Switzerland.. giving Canada its first scare of the tournament early on
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* – Edmonton Oilers Prospect
|Game Number||Ex 01||Round||Exhibition|
|Arena||General Motors Centre||City, Country||Oshawa, Ont.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/20/2010||Time||07:00 PM ET|
01:25 CAN 17 Marcus Foligno (7 Sean Couturier, 6 Ryan Ellis)
03:14 CAN 8 Jaden Schwartz (20 Louis Leblanc)
04:51 CAN 11 Casey Cizikas (25 Carter Ashton)
10:05 CAN 19 Ryan Johansen (Interference)
04:24 CAN 22 Tyson Barrie (21 Cody Eakin, 7 Sean Couturier)
08:05 CAN 20 Louis Leblanc (12 Quinton Howden, 28 Brett Connolly)
15:45 CAN 7 Sean Couturier (17 Marcus Foligno, 4 Dylan Olsen)
16:39 CAN 24 Calvin de Haan (22 Tyson Barrie, 7 Sean Couturier)
3:10 SUI 11 Gaëtan Haas (Cross Checking)
16:23 SUI 19 Ryan McGregor (Holding)
08:45 CAN 25 Carter Ashton (11 Casey Cizikas)
5:14 SUI 27 Yannick Herren (Hooking)
5:51 SUI 10 Tristan Scherwey (High Sticking)
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
Stats from Hockey Canada