Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Away: Canada Needs to Shoot More after 4-2 Loss to U.S. at World Juniors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Fire Away: Canada Needs to Shoot More after 4-2 Loss to U.S. at World Juniors

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Strome, Barzal score in Canada's 4-2 loss

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HELSINKI - Dylan Strome and his teammates know what they need to do: Shoot the puck.

Strome and Matt Barzal scored in Canada's 4-2 loss to the United States on Saturday in both teams' first preliminary round game of the world junior hockey championship.

Strome, who is Canada's top-line centre at the international tournament, kept his eyes on his feet while answering most questions after the loss. He was clear in what he and his teammates needed to do to bounce back from the loss, however.

"We didn't get enough shots through," Strome told reporters in the Helsinki Ice Hall. "I don't know what the final shots were, but it was 15 after two periods. That's not enough in a game like that.

"We're trying to make too good a pass or too good a play."

Barzal, who scored on a broken play when Julien Gauthier knocked a rebound to him from his knees, echoed Strome's sentiments almost word for word.

"We just got to work on scoring goals and shooting the puck," said Barzal. "I think those are two of the things that we had chances and we had opportunities to shoot and we passed it up. We just got to work on bearing down and scoring goals."

Louis Belpedio and Auston Matthews had back-to-back goals late in the third period for the United States (1-0), while Colin White and Zach Werenski also scored. Alex Nedeljkovic made 25 saves for the win.

Mason McDonald stopped 21 shots in net for Canada (0-1), which won the world junior championship last year in Toronto. Canada has Sunday off before facing Denmark on Monday.

Head coach Dave Lowry says that at the off-day practice shooting drills will be a priority.

"We'd like more shots, period," said Lowry. "Tonight we had the puck in good spots and we didn't get it to the net. We were looking for perfect plays. We will continue to hammer home that to score you have to get pucks to the net. …

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