Tougher than it should have been. Seemingly, this evening was all about whether Connor McDavid would score. He did, just over four minutes into the game. Team Canada could then turn their attention to putting away another team that they were expected to beat handily. That task proved to be considerably more difficult.
Germany did a good job limiting Team Canada opportunities. The Canadians had a hard time creating offense at even strength having to rely on three power-play goals for the victory.
Discipline. Canada took six minor penalties but Germany could not capitalize. With the score 2-0 from the midway mark in the first period until the nine minute mark of the third, a power-play goal by Germany would have raised the tension on the Canadian side. Anthony Duclair had 12 minutes total in penalties receiving a 10 minute misconduct for hitting from behind.
In goal? Coach Benoit Groulx wasn’t saying who will start in goal on Monday when Canada faces Finland. Eric Comrie’s performance against Germany made that decision more difficult. Comrie made 17 saves for the shutout but was tested more than Zachary Fucale against Slovakia. Comrie was called upon to make a breakaway save and was challenged in the second period as Germany outshot the Canadians 10-6.
Empty seats. Attendance continues to be an issue with just 12,733 present to see Canada – Germany.
Plus / Minus
▲ Connor McDavid, Nic Petan, Sam Reinhart, Max Domi, Frederick Gauthier, Madison Bowey, Josh Morrissey
▼ Anthony Duclair