Team Canada’s usual walk through the round robin portion of the World Junior championship hit a bit of a snag in the form of the Czech Republic Saturday, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Canada trailed most of the game, having to come back four separate times in regulation. But Dominik Simon’s one-handed deke goal sealed Canada’s fate and opens up a lot of question about what comes next.
“We need to use this game as a wake up call,” defenceman Matt Dumba, who was battling a cold, said. “We need to take positives from it and not be negative.”
Canada opened the game with a lot of pressure but for the fifth time since coming to Sweden, the Canadians found themselves trailing early on. A pile of players stormed goaltender Jake Paterson’s crease and David Kampf jammed it in to give the Czech a 1-0 lead. Patterson finished the game with 24 saves on 28 shots.
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