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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Canada Blanks Norway 5-0

Team Canada goaltender Andrew D'Agostini made started his first game at the Under 18 Championships and he made the best of it stopping all 19 shots he faced for Canada's second shutout of the tournament. Malcolm Subban had the other.

Nick Cousins got Canada on the board at the :58 second mark when he converted on a set up  From Mark Scheifele and Brett Ritchie. Scheifele then scored a goal on his own on the powerplay at 7:39 to put Canada up 2-0. Mark McNeill and Travis Ewanyk drew the assists. Colin Smith closed out the first period scoring when he was set up by Brent Andrews and Daniel Catenacci. Canada would outshoot Norway 22-6 in the opening period.

The second period would have as much domination as the first with Norway being outshot once again 19-4. But only the red hot Scheifele would be able to beat Norwegian goaltender Steffen Soberg. Ryan Murray would draw the lone assist on Scheifele's goal on the powerplay.

In the third it was once again the Soberg show as Canada continued to dominate the shot board, this time 21-9 making the game total 63-19. And once again Canada was only able to slip one past Soberg, this time by Slater Koekkoek at 11:01 on the powerplay. Charles Simard-Hudon would assist.

With the win Canada improved to 3-0 and lead Group B. They will face Sweden today at 10:00 a.m. (TSN and RDS in Canada), their strongest competition to date in the tournament.

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