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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Team Canada 5 Czech Republic 0

It was a chance to shine for 2012 draft eligible goaltender Malcolm Subban as he stopped all 26 shots he faced in leading Team Canada to victory over the Czech Republic in their opening match at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Champioships in Germany. Subban is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P K Subban.

Eric Locke got Canada on the board just 1:10 into the game when he converted on a set up from Ryan Murphy and Alan Quine. Just 2:34 later, Morgan Rielly would put Canada up 2-0 when he was set up by Quine and Mark McNeil.

At 14:28 of the opening period, Ryan Murray and Ryan Murphy would set up Mark Scheifele on the powerplay to put the Canadians up 3-0. You have to wonder what goes through opposition teams minds when the are on the penalty kill and two quarter backs are coming at you in Murray and Murphy.

Bruins fans have a saying when Tuukka Rask starts in goal for Team Canada : Two U's, Two K's = 2 points. Well, I figured we needed one for Murray and Murphy on the Team Canada powerplay, so I'll coin this phrase: Two R's, Two M's = Too Easy !

The teams skated to a scoreless second period. But in the third Locke and Daniel Catenacci would set up Scheifele for his second goal of the game to put Canada up 4-0.

At 14:33 of the period and on the powerplay Two R's, Two M's = Too easy were at it again. Murray set up Murphy to cap off the scoring and make the final 5-0.

After the game Coach Mike Williamson not only commended the two star defensemen on their offensive game but also their defensive game, specifically "negating chances and blocking shots".

The OHL's Matej Machovsky was in goal for the Czech Republic and he faced 29 shots.

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