Monday, January 5, 2009

Canada WIns Gold!

Canada saved their best game for the end. Anything I say here about the game will probably be a repeat of the thoughts said by tsn, so I wont bother! :)

I thought Tyler Ennis didn't have his best games. He made a couple good plays, and hit the post in the gold medal game. He looked a little hesitant and not sure where to go. Every time he had the puck he was clobbered pretty good. I imagine its hard to get your feet going when your used to playing 20+ minutes a game whereas in these tournaments he was playing about 4 shifts a period, when no penalties were being called. However 7 points in 6 games is still pretty awesome. I am extremely excited that one of his dreams has come true winning a gold Medal at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championship.

I liked how during an end game interview Tavares Mentioned Willie D. on doing a great job with Canada's penalty kill as they had their work cut out for them against sweden!

Zdenek Okal had a bit of a sour ending to his tournament. First he scored a goal at the beggining of the third period. But He picked up a 2 minute penalty and 10 minute misconduct with a two minutes left in the third period of a 2-2 tie game for a hit to the head. The U.S.A eventually won the 5th place game winning 3-2 in overtime.

Okal finished the tourney with 3 goals 2 assists for 5 points in 6 games as well as 18 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.

Tomas Kundratek was one of the Czech's better players on the ice. First pairing/Powerplay/Penalty kill. He finished the tourney with 6 assists for 6 points in 6 games with 10 minutes in penalties and a +0 plus/minus.

Tiger Game on Saturday vs the Broncos. I wouldn't be suprised if everyone that played at the tourny will still be resting.

Willie Desjardin however will get no time off. After he flies home he will be busy with trade deadline deals before he gets any down time.

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