Through 40 minutes of play in this afternoon’s quarter-final game between Canada red, and Canada black, black had done a masterful job of taking away any offensive opportunities as they held a 1-0 lead. However just as they did against Russia on Tuesday night, Canada red did not back down despite trailing heading into the third period as they completed another comeback on the way to a 3-2 win.
Head coach Kris Knoblauch gave props to both clubs for their defensive efforts while noting that it’s hard to maintain that style of play late in games with so much at stake.
“I think it was a very defensive game from both sides. There wasn’t as many chances as what usually happens. In the third period things got a little more tighter, guys get a little nervous and then you see some more mistakes. I think that’s what happened tonight with the extra power plays, the turnovers. There’s just more on the line,” he said.
As for why the game opened up specifically for red, Knoblauch added his team stopped trying to generate offence by driving through defence, and instead relied on a perimeter attack which ended up resulting in the game winner off of a point shot through traffic by defenceman Josh Brook.
“The message was that we couldn’t stick handle through their defenceman. We had to shoot from the outside and get pucks on net. I thought we did a better job of that and it was clear on the point shot from Brook being able to get that shot. The first couple periods we weren’t doing that,” he said.
Scoring for Canada red were Joel Teasdale, Jack Studnicka, and Josh Brook.
Goals for Canada black were scored by Arnaud Durandeau, and Joseph Veleno.
As for who red will face in the semifinals, that is still to be determined based on the outcome of tonight’s games between Canada white and Finland, and Russia and the Czech Republic.