Audio reaction: CANADA 7 SWEDEN 0
From start-to-finish Team Canada controlled the play en route to a 7-0 win over Sweden at the 27th Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain on Thursday.
Canada defeated Korea 11-1 in their opener while Sweden was downed by Russia 5-1. Canada would open the scoring midway through the first when Neil Manning (from Maxwell and DePape) would let a shot go from the point which found the back-of-the-net. Just 1:01 later Kruise Reddick took a pass from Chris Collins (Luke Paulsen on the assist as well) and made a nice backhand-forehand move in all-alone and it was 2-0 Canada.
Then with just over three minutes to play in the period Collins (from Levko Koper) would get one of his own letting a shot go from the circle up and over the shoulder of Swedish goaltender Emil Helin and Canada led 3-0 at the first period break. Shots favoured the Canada West stars 23-3.
The second period started slow for the Canadians but the found the net late when Elgin Pearce (Maxwell, Fowlie) went upstairs and Canada led 4-0 heading to the room. Shots were 13-5 in the period and 36-8 for Canada after two.
The red and white would put this one to rest adding three in the third off the sticks of Jordan Hickmott (2)(King(2), Foster(2)) and TJ Foster (Paulsen, Hickmott) to make the final 7-0 for Canada. Shots on goal were 23-2 in the third period and 59-10 overall.
Ryan Holfeld was perfect stopping all 10 shots he faced. For Canada, 12 different players hit the score sheet while there were six with multiple points. Leading the way were Hickmott (2g, 1a) and Foster (1g, 2a). Canada finished 1/5 on the power play while Sweden went 0/3.
Afterwards I spoke with Holfeld, Hickmott, and head coach Dave Adolph.
Audio: Ryan Holfeld, Goaltender, 10-save shutout
Audio: Jordan Hickmott, Alberta Golden Bears, 2 goals, 1 assist
Dave Adolph, Team Canada head coach
Canada has a day off on Friday before returning to the ice to take on Russia Saturday morning. That game will be Canada’s toughest test. Puck-drop for CAN/RUS is set for 11am ET/8am PT/10am CST.