Game Report 846 IIHF World Junior Championship
PLAYED AT: Air Canada Centre
Date: Jan 4, 2015
GAME NOTES: PETAN’S HAT TRICK PACES CANADA PAST SLOVAKIA, INTO GOLD MEDAL GAME WENDY GRAVES TORONTO, Ont. – It was raining hats inside the Air Canada Centre on Sunday night as Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL) scored three times to lead Canada’s National Junior Team over Slovakia 5-1 and into the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Canada will play Russia in Monday’s final (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). It’s Canada first chance at gold since losing to Russia in 2011, and the third straight year the teams will play each other for a medal. Russia has won bronze the past two tournaments. Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Ottawa, NHL) and Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) assisted on all three of Petan’s goals. Anthony Duclair (Laval, Que./N.Y. Rangers, NHL) and Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, B.C./Seattle, WHL) also scored for Canada. Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Quebec, QMJHL) made 14 saves in picking up his fourth win of the World Juniors. The Canadian netminder has a 0.50 GAA and .971 save percentage in the tournament. David Sholtes had the lone goal for Slovakia. Denis Godla made 39 saves in the loss and was given a standing ovation by an appreciative pro-Canadian crowd after the game. Head coach Benoit Groulx introduced the motto ‘Tic-Tac-Tao’ during Team Canada selection camp in December, a phrase meant to loosen players up during a stressful tournament. Canada showed no nerves in the early going Sunday, and on an early power play played its own game of tic-tac-toe. Lazar took the puck from McDavid and sent a short pass to Petan, who roofed a shot over Godla’s short-side shoulder from the face-off circle to open the scoring. After being blown out 8-0 by Canada on Boxing Day, Slovakia held its own through the opening 20 minutes and held on through the first 18 of the second. Canada’s possession advantage finally paid off at 18:06 when a trailing Petan beat Godla on a one-timer. The lead was three just 1:26 later. After blocking a shot in the defensive end, Theodore finished a feed from Duclair at the other for his first goal of the tournament. Soltes converted a two-on-one to cut the deficit down to two with only 3.4 seconds left in the second. Less than three minutes into the third Duclair restored his team’s three-goal lead by banking his own rebound off Godla’s leg. Petan’s one-timer from the face-off circle – following three point-blank saves by Godla – capped his hat trick and finished off the scoring 12 minutes into the third.
Visiting Team: Slovakia
Home Team: Canada
SLOVAKIA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Okolicany, David
G30  Godla, Denis
  Rosandic, Mislav
  Hochel, Marco
  Jendrol, Dominik
  Koys, Patrik
  Petras, Samuel
 10  Reway, Martin
 11  Holenda, Matus
 12  Rehak, Dominik
 13  Bondra, Radovan
 14  Cernak, Erik
 15  Bacik, Patrik
 16  Lantosi, Robert
 18  Pavuk, Branislav
 21  Soltes, David
 22  Cehlarik, Peter
 26  Jaros, Christian
 27  Kabac, Michal
 28  Skalicky, Pavol
 29  Paulovic, Matej
SLOVAKIA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st21 2:00 Tripping minor 3:471 3:4718:13
1st26 2:00 Tripping minor 18:301 18:303:30
2nd2:00 (auto) Interference minor 11:511 11:5110:09
3rd28 2:00 (auto) minor 4:061 4:0617:54
3rd21 2:00 Slashing minor 4:461 4:4617:14
3rd26 2:00 Tripping minor 10:151 10:1511:45
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
CANADA LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Comrie, Eric
G31  Fucale, Zach
  Hicketts, Joe
  Heatherington, Dillon
  Bowey, Madison
  Morin, Samuel
  Theodore, Shea
  Morrissey, Josh
  Point, Brayden
 10  Duclair, Anthony
 16  Domi, Max
 17  McDavid, Connor
 18  Virtanen, Jake
 19  Petan, Nic
 20  Paul, Nick
 21  Ritchie, Nick
 22  Gauthier, Frédérik
 23  Reinhart, Sam
 25  Nurse, Darnell
 26  Lazar, Curtis
 28  Crouse, Lawson
CANADA PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st20 2:00 Slashing minor 8:071 8:0713:53
2nd2:00 (auto) High-Sticking minor 9:031 9:0312:57
3rd2:00 (auto) Hooking minor 3:131 3:1318:47
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
SLOVAKIA Goals SLOVAKIA PLAYERS (plus) CANADA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd19:57  21-29            
                
                
                
                
CANADA Goals CANADA PLAYERS (plus) SLOVAKIA PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st4:27 PP 19-17-26            
2nd18:06  19-17-26            
2nd19:32  6-10            
3rd2:47  10-23-25            
3rd11:59 PP 19-17-26            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
SLOVAKIA 0 / 3
CANADA 2 / 6
PENALTY SUMMARY
SLOVAKIA 12 min / 6 inf
CANADA 6 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
SLOVAKIA 1 G + 1 A = 2 Pts
CANADA 5 G + 9 A = 14 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
SLOVAKIA0101
CANADA1225
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
SVK - Godla (60:00) (L)5142039/0:003rd/20:00
CAN - Fucale (60:00) (W)64414/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 8:00 PM
  -  End: 8:00 PM
  -  Attendance:
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official IIHF World Junior Championship Game Report.