Cozens opens scoring for Canada once again
Canada leads Czech Republic 2-0 in the third period.
Team Canada has yet to trail at the World Juniors but the pressure hasn't been quite as high as it is right now. Their first game came against a short-staffed Team Germany that resulted in a 16-2 rout. From the team's path to the knockout stages was set. That doesn't mean things have been perfect. Team Slovakia provided a tough test for the Canadians in a 3-1 win. Canada's power play has also gone silent as of late. They were 0/5 in their 4-1 win over Team Finland.
Dylan Cozens leads Canada with 11 point and has been the team's most complete player.
Canada will be without Alex Newhook who is out with an upper-body injury.
The winner of this game will take on Team Russian in the semifinals. Russia defeated Team Germany 2-1 in quarter-final action earlier on Saturday.
The game is now underway.
Just a few minutes into the game and Canada with some excellent scoring chances from Cozens and Quinton Byfield. Czech goalie Nick Malik makes the pad save on Cozens shot from in front of the net.
The Czechs respond with a pair of chances as Canadian goalie Devon Levi for the first time. First Martin Has had a shot from the point that was saved. Moments later, Simon Kubicek comes in close for a shot that save by Levi.
Canada scored within the first five minutes of all four preliminary round games. They haven't scored yet through eight minutes against the Czechs.
On cue, Cozens breaks the deadlock. A breakaway attempt results in a goal. Malik initially appears to make the save with the glove but it goes underneath him and into the net. Cozens' seventh goal of the tournament. Connor McMichael gets the assist on the flip pass at 8:22.
Canada went on the power play after Adam Raska is called for interference. They created several chances and eventually score as the advantage expires. Bowen Byram's takes advantage of a screen set up by Cozens to beat Malik for a 2-0 Canada lead. Peyton Krebs and Cozens pick up the assists at 11:39.
Peyton Krebs gets physical by delivering a hard shoulder check to Martin Beranek and deposits him into the Czech bench.
Krebs said 💥 pic.twitter.com/NP1WwldU7h— TSN (@TSN_Sports) January 3, 2021
One period in the books. Apart from shaky goaltending form the Czech this game is close. The Czechs had a better second half of the period with nine-straight shots on goal. Canada leads 2-0 but the Czech Republic outshot Canada 12-8.
Second period is underway in Edmonton.
All Canada in the first four minutes. Puck play has been almost entirely spent in the Czech end of the ice.
After several tiring shifts and a Czech icing, the team calls a time out, which is permitted in international competition.
Canada continuing to dominate in the period. The Czechs haven't been able to muster much of a counter-attack.
The Czechs have had a stronger second half to the second period, generating several chances. This has become Levi's busiest night of the tournament.
Second period in the books. Canada outshot the Czechs 10-6.
Third period underway.
Despite being up a pair of goals, Team Canada head coach Andre Tournigny has elected to shuffle up the lines in an attempt to close out the game.
🇨🇿 trail 2-0, but lead 20-19 in shots— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 3, 2021
Andre Tourigny has juggled the Team 🇨🇦 lines
Krebs - McMichael - Cozens
Holloway - Zary - Pelletier
Perfetti - Byfield - Mercer
Quinn - Suzuki - Tomasino