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January 1st Team Atlantic Vs. Team Ontario (U17 World Championship Game) Final Score: 11-1
From the opening puck drop it was clear that team Atlantic was not going to be able to keep up with team Ontario. Team Ontario was controlling the play in the offensive zone and cycling the puck well, while Atlantic had trouble getting any control of the puck. Team Ontario opened the scoring early in this game on a bad turnover by Atlantic in the neutral zone as Salituro rushed the puck back and got off a nice shot from the slot to score the opening goal of the game.
Meanwhile McDavid was showing some flashes of brilliance with some really incredible hands and moves to beat defenders and get in close to the net and then made a nice feed across to a teammate but couldn’t connect on the play. Team Ontario then got a rush opportunity and a great pass was made by McCann to Dal Colle at the far side of the net to tap in the team’s 2nd goal of the game. A great give-and-go play was then made by Fabbri to move the puck down low and get the puck back in the slot with space to put a great chance on net from an excellent scoring area.[sociallocker]
It appeared when team Atlantic got a pair of power plays in the 1st period that there was a chance they might be able to generate some offense but team Ontario showed some great penalty killing to not let Atlantic get any shots, keeping them to the outside and clearing the puck out of the zone often. They were blocking shots and not letting any chances through. On the 2nd penalty kill they were holding the puck in the offensive zone for long periods of time and also keeping the opposition’s shots to the outside low-chance areas. There was one play where team Atlantic made a nice passing play to get the puck to Batt for a nice one-time opportunity.
McDavid had an excellent end-to-end rush displaying some great agility and moves to find lanes and rush the puck all the way to the net and drive the puck in deep for a great chance from in tight beating each defender along the way. Later on another shift he was just walking around everyone with ease and made some great passes for real good scoring opportunities showing some excellent vision and puck distribution. Bennet and McDavid had some great chemistry in the offensive zone to get some nice chances from scoring areas and Salituro also made a nice give-and-go play with Ho-Sang to get into the slot on the power play for a great chance from in tight. At the end of the first period Ontario’s dominance was shown with a 22-3 lead in shots.
Josh Ho-Sang displayed some great hands and puck protection to gain the offensive zone and move the puck back to the point, he did a great job walking in and an excellent cross-ice pass to his teammate for a great chance in good scoring position but was robbed by Atlantic’s goaltender Mason MacDonald. Ho-Sang has some clear natural skills but sometimes doesn’t make the best decisions as he has some great moves but at times turns the puck over by trying too many moves and trying to hold on to the puck for too long.
In the 2nd period Atlantic had a good passing play and was finished as Nathan Yetman made an excellent pass to Lucas Batt to score Atlantic’s 1st and only goal of the game. The good feelings didn’t last long as Team Ontario regained the 2 goal lead about 30 seconds later as McCann got down low on the attack to take a great feed in the slot and score the team’s 3rd goal of the game. McDavid then showed his dominance as he blew by a defenseman and some great hands to walk into the slot with moves driving hard to the net and score but the goal was waved off because he ran into the goalie. Dal Colle then later walked in to the slot on the power play to load up and put a great shot on net from point blank on a slap-shot to score the team’s 4th goal of the game using the defenseman as a screen on the shot. Ho-Sang scored 12 seconds later by banging the puck in off a rebound coming in off the wing. 2 minutes later Watson then put in a rebound from in tight after some great net-front presence on the power play.
At the end of the second period team Ontario’s dominance was continued as they lead in shots 43-7 and had a 6-1 lead. The third period started off the same way as McKeown was getting some good shots on net throwing a lot of shots on net from the point and then threw the puck on goal from the side board that deflected off of Watson’s stick to score the team’s 7th goal of the game less than a minute in to the 3rd. 2 minutes later Fabbri walked into the slot off the rush to shoot short side and then got his own rebound to score the team’s 8th goal of the game 2 and a half minutes into the 3rd period.
Dante Salituro scored a bit later in to the 3rd on a centering pass that went off a defender’s skate of team Atlantic to score the 9th goal of the game. Watson then scored on a pretty easy goal from in tight for Ontario’s 10th goal of the game a minute and a half later. Bourne then scored Ontario’s 11th goal on a nice battle for the puck in front of the net on the power play. Late in the game Salituro had a real nice rush deep into the offensive zone with some fantastic moves and drove the puck hard to the net. Later on the same shift he spotted Mike Dal Colle open next to the net and tried with the saucer pass to get him the puck. The final score was 11-1 and final shots were 60-13, which pretty much told the entire story of how this game went.
HockeyProspect.com Stars of the game:
Connor McDavid definitely looked like one of the most dominant players on the ice all night if not the most dominant and could probably be written up as a star of the game every single game so we decided not to include him in this game.
15 Spencer Watson, Team Ontario– Watson had a hat-trick in this game displaying some great offensive instincts and net-front presence. Him and McDavid showed some really excellent chemistry together to generate some nice scoring chances all night long. He was buzzing all around the net banging in rebounds from in tight and had a really nice net-front presence on the power play.