Three up, three down for Canadian U-18 team

By Jeff Arnim

Team Canada exploded for five goals, including three in the first period, in their 5-1 victory over the Swedish contingent at the 2001 Six Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic on Thursday. With the win, Canada moves to a perfect 3-0 in the event.

Rick Nash (London, OHL) opened the scoring just 35 seconds into period one, and added an assist on the next goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Chicoutimi, QMJHL); Bouchard posted his second tally of the frame in its final two minutes. Maxime Talbot (Hull, QMJHL) posted a power play goal half way through the second period, and Tim Brent (Toronto, OHL) closed out the scoring early in the third.

Nash, Bouchard, Talbot and Brent all tallied two points on the day.

Maxime Daigneault was once again strong in net, stopping 24 of 25 Sweden shots on goal. His gawdy numbers for the tournament include a perfect 3-0-0 record, a 0.67 goals-against average, and a .973 save percetnage. Daigneault has stopped 72 of 74 shots faced.

From the Western Hockey League side of things, defensemen Andy Thompson and Ian White each added an assist in the game.


Unofficial U-18 statistics

Player               GP   G   A Pts  PIM
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  3   3   0   3    2
Tim Brent             3   1   2   3    2
Jarret Lukin          3   3   0   3    4
Rick Nash             3   2   1   3    6
Maxime Talbot         3   2   1   3    2
Ben Eager             3   1   1   2    9
Kevin Klein           3   0   2   2    4
Daniel Paille         3   0   2   2    2
Andy Thompson         3   0   2   2    0
Derek Meech           3   0   1   1    2
Lance Monych          3   0   1   1    0
Jeff Tambellini       3   0   1   1    6
Ian White             3   0   1   1    0
Andre Benoit          3   0   0   0    2
Tyler Boldt           3   0   0   0    2
Chris Campoli         3   0   0   0    2
Jimmy Cuddihy         3   0   0   0    2
Adam Gibson           3   0   0   0    2
Alex Leavitt          3   0   0   0    0
Eric Staal            3   0   0   0    0



Player vitals: Andy Thompson

Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
Birthdate: 1/5/84
Hometown: Delta, BC

Statistics

Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1999-00  North Delta    Ban AAA  60  23  36   59  229
1999-00  Kootenay       WHL       2   0   0    0    0
2000-01  Kootenay       WHL      56   2  12   14  142
2000-01* Kootenay       WHL      11   0   1    1   14

* = playoffs