Edmonton – The logic was respected, Wednesday, between junior team Canada and Switzerland, but it was much less uneven than expected. The Canadians prevailed 6-3 to advance to Friday night’s semi-finals.
The Canadians led 4-1 in the first half, chasing goalkeeper Noah Patenaud after he surrendered four times in nine shots. However, the strong Swiss didn’t give up, replacing the blow with ECJ, before Logan Stankoven hit the empty net to confirm the Canadian win. Watch the highlights in the video above.
Striker Elliot Desnoers agreed: “We want to improve from game to game, but today we took a step back.” No game is going to be easy, and it’s time to realize that you have to work for 60 minutes in the upcoming games.
After Patenaud retired, Kevin Bachey was excellent against the Swiss net, stopping 30 of the 31 pucks he faced.
“The change in the goalkeeper made them good. He made some big balls and that changed the momentum of the match,” added Desnoyers.
Coach Dave Cameron has agreed to analyze the Quebec midfielder.
“I found our game uneven tonight. I didn’t feel like we had the same energy. We faced a team that had absolutely nothing to lose and we have to take credit for them. They made it fun, but we found a way to win.
Tyson Foerster, Jack Thompson and Stankoven scored with two, Nathan Gocher and Will Coyle for the Canadian national team, who were still officially waiting to know the identity of their opponent on Friday, as of press time, although logic dictates that they allow Finland.
In the case of Gaucher, this was his first in the competition.
“That’s good! I didn’t think much about it. It happens today and it happens to be the winning goal. I was very happy. If I can contribute offensively, that’s a plus.”
Greg is injured
Junior Canada may have suffered a big loss on Wednesday. One of her most consistent players since the start of the competition, quarterback Ridley Gregg left the game after Vincent Despont was injured in the first half and never returned. He appeared to have been hit in the left arm in the footage. Elliott Desnoers took his place in the team’s third line with Joshua Roy and William Dufour. Cameron had no update to give after the meeting.
“And I think it went well. We know each other very well and it is easier to communicate in French on the ice. They are both great players and it is easy to read where they are going to send the disc and where I need to put myself.”
Furthermore, after being sidelined for much of the last two periods of last Monday’s game against Finland, Conor Bedard returned to the first streak with Mason McTavish on Wednesday. Having suffered the same treatment, Brennan Usman meanwhile fell from the first line to the fourth line. It was the imposing Will Coyle who took his place with talented strikers.
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