Germany knew they'd be in tough versus a much stronger Canadian squad, and to win they would have to minimize their penalties, thereby not giving Canada a chance to ice its ridiculously skilled powerplay units.
Unfortunately for the Germans, staying disciplined against a team like Canada is easier said than done. With Dorian Saeftel in the box for hooking, super prospect Connor McDavid put home his first goal of the 2015 World Junior Championship.
Capitalizing on a goalmouth scramble, McDavid tried to shuffle the puck across the crease to a wide open Robby Fabbri, yet the puck immediately returned to his stick, where McDavid made no mistake, putting Canada up 1-0. An emphatic celebration followed, which is to be expected from a player who hadn't scored a goal during a game since November 11.
Nic Petan earned another point for Canada, and continued to establish himself as one of the best offensive weapons in the tournament. Petan continued his solid play, as he sent Max Domi on a breakaway, following a penalty kill. Domi was stuffed by Kevin Reich; however it was clear that Canada wasn't content to rest on its laurels.
Petan once again found his name on the score sheet, during the second powerplay opportunity for the hosts. This time it was Curtis Lazar who put home the goal, thanks to a nice feed by McDavid.
At this point in the tournament, Canada had received 10 goals from nine different players. The period almost ended 3-0 for Canada, but Patrick Kurz made perhaps the save of the tournament, clearing a puck off the goal line at the last second.
Germany buckled down in the second period, limiting Canada's chance to the outside, and generating some offensive opportunities of their own.
Canada's indiscipline led to a breakaway opportunity for Marc Michaelis, but Germany's best scoring chance of the game was denied by Eric Comrie. Germany outshot Canada 10-6 in the frame, and if the Oilers hadn't screwed Leon Draisaitl out of the World Junior Championship, the score at the end of the period probably wouldn't have still been 2-0 in favour of the Canadians.
Canadian coach Benoit Groulx mixed up his lines to start the third, although he wisely kept the Domi, Reinhart, Duclair combination intact. The shake up seemed to inspire the Canadians, who took over the frame.
Domi combined with Sam Reinhart to give Canada the insurance goal they desperately needed. The goal was the third Reich allowed on the night, although you'd be hard pressed to blame him for any of the goals against.
Madison Bowey would pad Canada's lead late in the third, thanks to some great patience by Nic Petan, who is quickly becoming Canada's most impressive forward.
Despite the scoreline, you have to give Germany respect for how they played at even strength. Canada won the game thanks to superior specialty teams, but they'll have to play better once they face stronger hockey nations.
There were several positives in the game for Canada, and not only the aforementioned execution during the penalty kill and the powerplay. Connor McDavid put together a strong game, Eric Comrie looked great, and Nic Petan continues his dominant play.
Max Domi's line seems unstoppable at this point; however the true test will come Monday, when Canada faces the defending champion Finns.
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