Team Canada defeats Germany

By Chris McCluskey

Team Germany was lined up side by side along their
blue line as the dominant Canadians took to the ice in
front of 10 300 rabid Canadian hockey fans who were
dressed entirely in a sea of red. All one could think
was how they must have felt looking on in preparation
for the annihilation they were about to suffer at the
hands of a team already manhandling two proven hockey
powers, boasting nine different goal scorers, and
sporting sensational goaltending. However, the story
tonight was not a blow out as expected, but rather the
careless play of the Canadians which almost led to
disaster, and the stellar play of German goaltender
Dimitri Patzold who stopped 49 shots in a losing
cause.

It was also the Germans who shocked the host country’s
fans less than ten minutes in, when a careless
Canadian clearing attempt came to right wing David
Danner on the point who quickly shot the puck past the
right pad of David LeNeveu, who got the start in
place of Marc-Andre Fleury. Danner’s marker was the
German’s first goal in the three games they have
played so far. “It was a turnover by one of our own
guys”, said LeNeveu, who was a fourth round choice of
the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002, “The puck was on an edge,
I have no idea whether there was a deflection. It was
a lucky bounce.”

The stubborn German team did an admirable job wearing
the Canadians down through incessant dump-ins and even
managed to kill off ten of the eleven times they were
short handed, including a Canadian two man advantage
in the first. Although the Canadians registered 53
shots on the evening, few were quality scoring chances
with the German defence picking up their men and
Patzold turning aside everything else coming his way.
The German goaltender, who was born and lived in
Kazakhstan until the age of 12, was forced to make
several difficult saves when he had to however. This
included stoning defenceman Brendan Bell from
point-blank range with his blocker side. The closest
the North Americans came to scoring in the first half
of the game was QMJHL scoring ace Pierre-Alexandre
Parenteau hitting the side of a wide open net.

It took 25 shots to get one past the German backstop
and it was Parenteau who was the first to get the
Canadians on the board. It was the Might Ducks
prospects third goal in as many games, with Derek Roy
leaving it for defender Alex Rouleau who then gave it
to Parenteau who followed his tying marker with one of
his characteristically energetic celebrations. “I
missed a lot of chances but (the goal) was great for
me and great for the team”, said Parenteau after the
game. This seemed to inspire the Canadians as Scottie
Upshall recorded his third 10 seconds later, putting
another one past Patzold.

With the score 2-1, the Canadians finally managed to
put on the pressure and the Germans got away from
their game plan a bit. “After they scored the two
goals the game was over,” said Patzold who was honored
with a standing ovation from the Canadian crowd after
the game, “we couldn’t keep the pressure up in the
second period.” The Canadians then took advantage of
one of their eleven power play opportunities when
defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo got his first goal, and
sixth point, of the tournament by taking an Ian White
pass and putting it by the defenceless Patzold.

The Canadians added to their lead in the third with a
single goal by Jay McClement who deflected a shot from
the point through the legs of a stunned German
goaltender to make the final count 4-1 in what could
be summed up as a lackluster overall effort by Team
Canada.

Despite the mediocre play of his team through the
first half of the game, Canadian coach Marc Habscheid
feels adversity is a necessary aspect for his team to
succeed, “I don’t think there has ever been a team
that has blown out the other team every game and rode
into the sunset”, commented a confident Habscheid who
played for the junior Canadians himself in 1982. “I
think we got away from the things that made us
successful. We needed to get back to our game.”Notes: The Canadians now boast 11 different goal
scorers in three games. Faces in the crowd included
Terry Murray, Mike Barnett, Keith Gretzky, Shane
Churla, and Team Finland watching the hosts in
preparation for their match-up in two days time.


PERIOD 1

Scoring:

9:05 GER Danner 1 (unassisted)

Penalties:

4:03 CAN Tootoo 2 (Charging)

4:42 GER Barta 2 (Hooking)

13:04 GER Ullmann 2 (Hooking)

13:53 GER Patzold 2 (Delay of Game)

19:59 GER Walter 2 (Holding)


PERIOD 2

Scoring:

12:14 CAN Parenteau 3 (Roy, Rouleau)
12:24 CAN Upshall 3 (unassisted)
19:32 CAN Colaiacovo 1 (Wellwood, White) PP

Penalties:

5:59 GER Walter 2 (Interference)
8:29 GER Seyller 2 (Interference)
18:36 GER Menauer 2 (Tripping)
19:08 GER Wrobel 2 (Roughing)


PERIOD 3

Scoring:

10:24 CAN McClement 1 (Colaiacovo)

Penalties:

3:56 GER Wrobel 2 (Tripping)
7:53 GER Sulzer 2 (Boarding)
15:22 GER Schauer 2 (Interference)

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PLAYERS OF THE GAMEGermany: Dimitri Patzold, 49 saves

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GOALTENDERS

Canada: David LeNeveu (1-0)

Germany: Dimitri Patzold (0-3)

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LINE COMBINATIONS

Canada:

Campbell-Roy-Lupul
Laich-Bouchard-Parenteau
Upshall-Wellwood-Gordon
Paille-McClement-Tootoo
Stajan

Eminger-Bell
Rouleau-Paetsch
Colaiacovo-Woywitka
White

Germany:

Grygiel-Goc-Seidenberg
Danner-Kink-Hospelt
Menauer-Barta-Ullmann
Menge-Seyller-Barz

Petermann-Sulzer
Scahuer-Wilhelm
Walter-Bartlick
Wrobel

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SHOTS ON GOAL


123F

Canada12241753
Germany4  4 6 14
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OFFICIALS

Referee: Rick Looker (USA)

Linesmen: Daniel Stricker (Switzerland), Peter Feola
(USA)