Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blackwood Earns Shutout as Canada Shuts out Czechs in World Junior Exhibition

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blackwood Earns Shutout as Canada Shuts out Czechs in World Junior Exhibition

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Canada shuts out Czechs in WJC exhibition

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IMATRA, Finland - Mackenzie Blackwood recorded the shutout as Canada blanked the Czech Republic 1-0 on Sunday in an exhibition ahead of the world junior hockey championship.

Rourke Chartier scored the lone goal for the Canadians in the second period. Anthony Beauvillier fed Chartier with a back-door pass to give Canada a one-goal advantage.

Chartier, who plays for the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets, was cut from last year's world junior team. With the Canadians making final roster decisions Sunday tonight, Chartier hopes his performance against the Czechs was enough to stick around.

"I'm still going to be pretty nervous (on the three-hour bus ride to Helsinki), but hopefully it works out," Chartier said. "It's going to suck to anyone going home, but it's going to be a hard decision (for management), everyone played really hard. …

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