Everyone gets excited when hockey is on, since the NHL is away for the holidays, we have the World Junior to focus on. The Canadians enter the tournament as favourites to win gold despite their five-year drought.
Robby Fabbri clinched four points and Nicolas Petan tallied in with three of his own as Canada opened its preliminary round schedule with an impressive 8-0 win over Slovakia at the World Junior Hockey Championship, then again it was Slovakia.
Team Canada was never in doubt, as they led 3-0 after the first period, adding four goals in the second, and one more in the third. Slovakia was outshot 34-12, including 14-3 in the first period.
Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla was replaced by David Okolicany midway through the second period. Okolicany stopped 15-of-16 shots but as a result, Canada clearly dominated.
Canadian goalkeeper Zach Fucale barely broke a sweat, earning the shutout by stopping all 12 shots he faced.
Fabbri led all skaters with two goals and two assists. Both of the marks come in the first period. Petan picked up an assist on Fabbri’s second goals and added a goal and an assist in the third period.
I can sit here and write an article in detail to why Slovakia lost, but as a result, the stronger team dominated.
Canada will once again be featured in prime time at the 2015 World Juniors playing a second game in two nights at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Saturday’s opponent will be Germany, who will be taking to the ice for the first time in this tournament.
This game will be exciting.