Canada’s Boxing Day 16-2 drubbing from Germany was pretty much expected The question when meeting Slovakia on Sunday was: How would the Canadians deal with a more formidable opponent?

The answer: a narrow 3-1 win that might not be the Canadians’ best performance but was stopped by Devon Levi, who had another strong game on the net to kick off the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship

Levi was a reassuring presence between the pipes when he was 19 years old Birthday put aside 17 of 18 shots he made quality savings, some from traffic, and robbed 16-year-old Juraj Slafkovsky, who was left alone by sales in the Canadian zone at the end of the second run, Slovakia increased the pressure in the third with 10 shots Levi’s only flaw, compared to just eight in the first two periods, was a snipe from Kings prospect Martin Chromiak towards the end of the third

“Woke up eating breakfast and focused on the game,” Levi said when asked how his birthday started. “I didn’t really talk on the phone much I’ve been focused on the game and will be answering my birthday messages later but the job of a hand was to win the game and it was a great birthday present for sure, just being here is all I could ask for but victory is definitely the cherry on top “

Before Canada even landed on the ice for Game 2 of their WJC, they lost two players: Braden Schneider and Dylan Holloway were declared unavailable Holloway is listed as having an upper body injury day after day, while Schneider is subject to a one-game suspension Schneider will be available for game 3

for a hit to the head of the German Jan-Luca Schumacher

Jordan Spence, the weird man who fell out to win Boxing Day, stepped in after Schneider’s suspension and got Canada on the board in less than five minutes (on his first shift) when he pounced on a ricochet In the third phase, when the Slovaks started picking things up, Philip Tomasino flipped the puck over Samuel Hlavaj to achieve an insurance goal. Jack Quinn added a blank-nice to seal the win

“It was great during this tournament. Obviously it was unfortunate for Schneids to be suspended, but this afternoon I got a call that I would be in the lineup,” Spence said. “They put me on and there was a loose one Puck and I scored Obviously there are a lot of emotions just scratched from the last game and coming back the next day and scoring a goal It’s great and I’m just more happy that we won the game against Slovakia “

While the Canadians easily scored a goal against Germany on Saturday, they faced a much tougher test in Slovakia. Hlavaj was strong in the net when he stopped 20 of 22 shots and his teammates blocked another 15 Canada also fought at times to getting its offensive going – especially in the power game where it struggled to enter the zone and settle in. If it did these things, it struggled to make smart games

“Yeah, of course it’s Canada so we expect the worst, but we played a really good game,” said Hlavaj when asked if he expected to be a bit busier than in the 60 minutes – affair

Canada’s head coach Andre Tourigny viewed the game overall as a teaching moment as the team struggled through frustrations

“I think we grew as a group tonight, we learned to go through adversity, we learned to stay calm,” he said after the game. “We went a little bit away at one point in the game, sometime in in the second phase we forced it”I think we learned to be really patient with the result and not panic and try not to force it. And we played the first few periods very well in my opinion, especially defensively in terms of time ownership But at some point we’re starting to force it a little, so I think that’s where we learned as a team “

8:17 pm – GOAL Jack Quinn uses the wrongly played puck on the blue line and scores a goal without conceding Canada leads 3: 1

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8:15 pm – TOR Shortly after the end of the penalty, Martin Chromiak runs into the left circle with an additional attacker and tears him over the glove of Levi Canada leads 2: 1

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8:12 pm – Dawson Mercer is called to the hook with just over three minutes of playing time

8:10 pm – TOR Canada receives a necessary insurance target from Dylan Cozens with the poke check and then feeds a grazing Philip Tomasino with a stretch pass The Predators prospectus runs in, cuts in the middle and after being hit by a defender who comes back, he goes to the top row Canada leads 2-0

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8:08 pm – Levi makes it big on penalties and in the seconds after the power play. Great stuff from the Northeastern Netminder

8:06 pm – Less than seven minutes left in the game and Peyton Krebs called for a hold (FYI – Tourigny disagreed with the call)

8:04 pm – Connor McMichael with another good shot in the net and Samuel Hlavaj with another good stop

7:59 pm – At the other end, Levi makes another quality stop as he struggles through the traffic to see the puck and get into position

7:59 pm – Canadians rave about the net but can’t bury the puck. This top line from Perfetti, McMichael and Krebs is in its third period

7:55 pm – Devon Levi makes a stop to keep Slovakia off the board

7:29 pm – Great parade by Devon Levi with only 10 seconds left in that period Canada flips the puck on its own end and Juraj Slafkovksy (who is only 16 years old) fires the puck from the slot Levi stones him, as he reads it perfectly and comes out to save on top of the fold

7:24 pm – Samuel Knazko gets a heavy penalty for hitting Dylan Cozens in his sights Canada back to the power play and eventually they miss the net a couple of times and land with a shot in the net with the man advantage

7:23 pm – Slovakia with a 2-on-1 and it looks like Devon Levi just got a piece of the shot from the right circle Canada countered with a good job deep in Slovakia

7:21 pm – Canada cannot do anything with the man advantage – zero shots – as it struggles with zone entrances, lines up and makes bad pass decisions in the offensive zone

7:19 pm – Canada gets a power game when Jack Quinn is dragged down into the offensive zone while skating

7:16 pm – Jakob Pelletier with a good chance on the short side The Flames prospectus flew in this one. He looked good with Quinton Byfield and his colleague Connor Zary from Calagry

7:11 pm – We are in the middle of the second period and the shots in the picture are: 1 for Slovakia, 1 for Canada The Canadians got their shot at 9:57

7:03 pm – Martin Chromiak (LAK) with a nifty pull on the corner, trying to reach a high, short side, but shoots over the net

7 pm – Not a good start to the time because the Slovaks are under pressure. Cole Perfetti (WPG) called for stumbling blocks. Slovakia would not score with the man advantage

6:58 pm – The second period is underway Against Germany, Canada scored seven hits in the middle frame

Thomas Harley (DAL) led everyone with 9:22 ice age Jordan Spence ran the fewest minutes (1:56), but scored the most with the goal

6:39 pm – Canada breaks out after Thomas Harley (DAL) blocks a shot, but Jack Quinn (BUF) can’t finish on Dylan Cozens (BUF) cross-slot pass right before the buzzer

6:33 pm – Tonight it’s a completely different game Against Germany, it seemed like every shot went in; Hlavaj is a much more formidable enemy

6:27 pm – Slovak Robert Petrovicky seems to be a very talkative coach on the bench. The ex-NHLer played 208 games (27 goals, 38 assists) for the Whalers, Stars, Blues Lightning and Islanders between 1992 and 2001 He retired in 2016 after a number of seasons in Europe and his son Rayen is on the junior team

6:18 pm – Almost six minutes later, Slovakia got their first shot in the net when Levi, stopped by traffic Canada, shoots Slovakia 7-1

6:14 pm – TOR Hlavaj makes a good stop, but the rebound jumps to defender Jordan Spence, who puts him in the open net. The Kings prospect takes the opportunity to join the line-up while playing in his first world junior – Game scored Canada leads 1-0

5:51 pm – Dylan Cozens gets the “C” tonight Bowen Byram and Connor McMichael are the assistant captains

5:15 pm – Canada only has 12 strikers for the game due to the Holloway injury. Jack Quinn advances to take his second row seat while Connor Zary works with Quinton Byfield and fellow Flames player Jakob Pelletier Dawson Mercer is moving from the extra striker seat he started in for Game 1 to the fourth row with Ryan Suzuki and Philip Tomasino

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