Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hey Baby! Canada Routs Slovakia 6-0, but May Change Goal Celebration Music

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hey Baby! Canada Routs Slovakia 6-0, but May Change Goal Celebration Music

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Kyrou leads Canada in 6-0 rout of Slovakia

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sometime during Canada's 6-0 rout of Slovakia Jordan Kyrou realized that he and his teammates had made a mistake. They had picked the wrong song to celebrate goals to at the world junior hockey championship.

After every goal "Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi blasted over the loudspeakers at KeyBank Center, sometimes twice, as replays of the goal were shown on the scoreboard.

"I think we're going to change it up," said Kyrou with a laugh. "At first we thought it was a good idea but after hearing it it's like 'uhhhh it's kinda iffy.' We're probably going to change it up."

Kyrou said they might return to a celebratory song from previous world juniors, like last year's "We Dem Boyz" by Wiz Khalifa or "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, which was used in Helsinki, Finland, at the 2016 championship.

"We might go with the same one as last year, or I'm not sure what else we were thinking of, more of a pump-up song," said Kyrou, who refused to snitch on which of his teammates had nominated "Hey Baby."

Kyrou led Canada's (2-0) offence with a goal and two assists, while Jonah Gadjovich scored twice. Kyrou's linemates Sam Steel and Taylor Raddysh also scored, as did Maxime Comtois.

Kyrou leads the tournament in scoring with a goal and three assists after two games. He also leads the Ontario Hockey League in points, despite not playing for the Sarnia Sting in two weeks while with Canada's junior team.

Backup goaltender Colton Point had a 20-save shutout in net, getting the start over Carter Hart, who made 29 saves in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Finland.

Hart is one of seven players returning from last year's silver-medal team and the presumptive starter for most of the tournament. But with a pair of back-to-back games in the preliminary round Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme decided to rest Hart.

"When you get a game, you get a game," said Point. "There's no politics involved. He's obviously the starter for a reason. He's an amazing goaltender. I just come in and if I get a game then I've got to play my game."

David Hrenak stopped 48 shots for Slovakia (0-1). Canada dominated play throughout the contest, outshooting Slovakia 54-20. …

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