Team Canada wouldn’t have the same fate as their American counterparts on Saturday morning, when they fell 5-4 in a surprising loss to the Czech Republic.
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Canadian assistant captain and 2013 3rd overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin scored a goal and recorded two points, but the Czechs pulled away in the shootout in the back-and-forth game. In the shootout, Drouin scored on the teams’ first shot, but David Pasternak and Dominik Simon both buried to win the game.
The game was not without controversy: Canadian goalie Jake Patterson (Detroit) had a forgettable performance, allowing four goals on 29 shots. Head Coach Brent Sutter hinted after the game that it would be his counterpart Zach Fucale (Montreal) that will get the start on Monday for Canada against Slovakia.
1997-born superstar Connor McDavid (2015 eligible)recorded an assist on the first Canadian goal, and then was benched for most of the third period after taking two penalties. McDavid, however, still went in the shootout, and missed.
The loss meant Sutter’s perfect record as a coach in the tournament is over. Sutter won back-to-back gold medals with Canada in 2005 and 2006, going 13-0 before Saturday as coach of Canada’s national junior team. The Czechs improve to 1-12-2 all-time against Canada, after losing their last three meetings by a combined score of 20-3.
Canada, (1-0-1), is back in action on Monday against Slovakia, who lost 6-3 to the United States on Saturday.
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