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Canada survives scare from Slovakia at World Juniors

Dec 28, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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After Slovakia took Russia all the way to overtime on Wednesday, it was clear this wasn’t a team to be taken lightly.

Slovakia reinforced that notion today against Canada, even though it ultimately lost, 6-3.

Marko Dano found the back of the net early in the contest to make it 1-0 for the Slovaks.

Things then went bad to worse for Canada when J.C. Lipon was ejected from the game for hitting Tomas Mikus in the head. Mikus got revenge by extending Slovakia’s lead to 2-0 during the ensuing power play.

Ryan Strome managed to get Canada its first goal at 2:16 of the second period, but any momentum that created was squandered when Anthony Camara got a five-minute major and game misconduct for charging Slovakia’s Patrik Luza. Once again Slovakia made Canada pay by regaining its two-goal lead before Camara’s major expired.

That proved to be the high point of the game for Slovakia. Barely a minute passed before Morgan Rielly responded for Canada and Slovakia unraveled. Canada went on to earn a 6-3 victory.

After winning two games in a row, Canada will face the United States on Sunday. They will then wrap up the preliminary round with a Dec. 31 contest against Russia.

In other WJC News…

– Los Angeles Kings’ prospect Tomas Hyka netted the game-winning goal in the Czech Republic’s 3-1 win over Finland. That was a critical victory for the Czech Republic after its loss to Sweden on Wednesday.

– Sweden earned a 3-2 shootout win against Switzerland. Teams only earn two points for an overtime victory, down from three points in a regulation win. Still, Sweden is currently leading Group A with five points in two games.

  1. rodeoclowndc - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Perhaps Yakupov was telling the truth about the Candians.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Lipon’s hit was pretty dirty but Camara’s was good, hard hockey. Not worth a five and a game or minor. Good thing the IIHF knows it, too. Apparently officials told him to his face that it was clean and he won’t be suspended.

  3. jaybird22seven - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Canada has to stop playing their aggressive rough play. They have to realize the IIHF won’t allow them to play their style of hockey. It gets annoying after awhile hearing the Other countries whine and cry about how rough Canada is. Well duh that’s how your supposed to play hockey.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      This is why I prefer watching games between us and the States. They teach the whole game in the States, same as is done here – none of this pathetic borderline-no-touch hockey the IIHF seems to want to force down everyone’s throats. Protip for Euro prospects: it doesn’t matter what the IIHF wants. If you want to play in the NHL, you’re going to have to learn to play the whole game. That includes a lot of hits. And some players have that figured out – Niederreiter and Baertschi come to mind – but others, like a certain overhyped Russian, do not. Guess what, Yak? Once this tournament’s done and you make it to the NHL, you won’t be able to cower behind IIHF rules anymore.

  4. bearcountry17 - Dec 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM


    Kids a BEAST!

  5. jaybird22seven - Dec 28, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Camara awesome hit. You killed that Slovak!!!
    Hhahahaaaa. Nice !!! Learn to keep your head up kid.

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