No Lafreniere, no Veleno, no problem.
Team Canada defeated Germany 4-1 in World Juniors action on Monday (Dec.30).
Kelowna’s Nolan Foote blasted home a wrist shot in the first period to give the red and white a slim 1-0 lead after 20.
In the second, Germany pushed back hard, but Joel Hofer made a couple ten-bell saves to keep the Canadians in front.
Liam Foudy potted his first of the tournament 12:24 into the frame and Caleb Addison buried one on the powerplay to extend the lead to 3-0 after 40.
Germany would get one back in the third on a five-on-three bomb from Yannik Valenti to ruin Hofer’s shutout bid.
Less than a minute after, Ty Dellandrea brought that lead back up to three as he iced the game with an empty-netter.
Now this game started off slow and with little energy for Canada. It did look meaningless at times, but realistically, this win jumps Canada from bottom to top of the Group B standings and with a regulation win over the Czech Republic, they’d finish atop the table and face either Switzerland or Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
Joel Hofer was given player of the game honours with 18 saves and his first win in a team Canada sweater. I’d hope/expect them to go back with the big dub netminder on NYE.
And yes, Barrett Hayton did take his helmet off for the Canadian anthem after the game.
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Photo credit Deutscher Eishockey-Bund (Twitter)