In a round robin format consisting of three games, the ability to get off to a good start is imperative. Canada red did just that tonight at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 3-1 win over Finland.
The game started out slow for both sides with no scoring, however the action picked up in the second. Head coach Kris Knoblauch said it was easily his team’s best period of the game.
“I think the biggest thing was our second period. I thought we really forechecked well. We played a really fast game and I thought we created a lot of chances with that speed we played with. Hopefully we can play the rest of the tournament like we did in the second,” he said.
The top player on the ice for Canada unquestionably was Michael DiPietro. He turned aside 31 of the 32 shots he faced in the game.
“Michael was outstanding. He was our best player. I thought in the first two periods we didn’t need him very much. He did make some really good saves but overall I thought we defended well. In the third period we sat back and we relied on him a lot. We knew he was a top goaltender that could play like that and he proved that tonight,” Knoblauch said.
Scoring for Canada was MacKenzie Entwistle, Shawn Boudrias, and Antoine Morand.
Canada red will play Sweden in their next game tomorrow night at the North Peace Arena at 7 p.m.