Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-18 Hockey Team Earns 7-5 Exhibition Win over Czech Republic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Under-18 Hockey Team Earns 7-5 Exhibition Win over Czech Republic

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Canada beats Czechs 7-5 for exhibition win

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BRECLAV, Czech Republic - Jansen Harkins, Jeremy Roy and Travis Konecny scored third-period goals to lead Canada's under-18 hockey team to a 7-5 exhibition victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The contest was Canada's lone tuneup heading into the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, which begins Monday. The Canadians face Switzerland in their opening game in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada twice overcame a two-goal deficit to enter the third period tied 4-4. Harkins and Roy, on the power play, scored to put the Canadians ahead 6-4 before the Czechs countered with the man advantage to make it a one-goal game.

But after Canada killed off two penalties -- which gave the Czechs a two-man power play for over a minute -- Konecny recorded the insurance goal at 14:51 of the period.

Lawson Crouse had two goals for Canada while Mitchell Marner and Connor Hobbs had the others.

Jakub Zboril scored twice for the Czechs. Martin Weinhold, Filip Suchy and Lukas Jasko added the other goals.

Both teams switched goaltenders roughly at the midway point of the contest, with Zach Sawchenko taking over from starter Callum Booth in the Canadian net. The first shot Sawchenko faced was a penalty shot but Czech Roman Dymacek missed the net.

The contest was the first for the Canadian team and head coach Jody Hull was impressed with the squad's resiliency in overcoming the two-goal deficits.

"That's what impressed me," said Hull, the head coach of the OHL's Peterborough Petes. "There was no quit in our guys, they were vocal on the bench and once we started playing that down-low game we started to have some success and gained some momentum.

"It was a bit of a learning curve. There are some things we know we have to work on and get better at but there were a lot of positives. …

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