Canada cruises to win over Denmark
Sebastian Feuk is only 18 years old. But the bombarded Denmark goalie took his Herculean task against a powerful Canadian junior team like a man.
As expected, Feuk faced a 50-shot barrage from Canada in its easy 10-2 victory over Denmark at the world under-20 championship on Thursday.
Feuk was not happy with his game. "I'm pretty pissed off," he said. "I just made some mistakes. I need to forget about this game."
Denmark has now been trounced in losses to Canada, the United States and Czech Republic by a combined score of 28-5. The Danes were beat up 11-3 by the U.S. on Monday and blanked by the Czechs 7-0 the next night.
Poor Feuk did his best in front of the pleased crowd of 16,275 at Rexall Place. But it’s not an easy task when a country like Denmark has less than 2,500 junior-aged hockey players, compared to Canada, a country that has close to 500,000.
To make matters worse for Feuk, he was a goalie without a team before arriving for the world junior tournament. He started the season with Timra IK in Sweden, but he was released before he saw any game action in late November. He was supposed to join Herlev IC in Denmark, but that transfer didn’t work out.
So far, the tournament has worked out well for the 3-0 Canadian juniors. They now get a day off before they face the United States in the final game of the round-robin portion of the tournament on Saturday. The United States, 1-1, play the Czech Republic on Friday afternoon.
Against Denmark, Canada led 4-0 after the first period and 7-0 following 40 minutes.
A new scoring hero for Canada emerged in London Knights defenceman Scott Harrington, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect. The defensive defenceman had scored only twice in 26 games with the Knights this season, but checked in with a goal and two assists in the second period.
Brandon Wheat Kings right wing Mark Stone scored two goals to bring his tournament total to six. Quinton Howden, Brett Connolly, Ryan Strome, Freddie Hamilton, Brendan Gallagher and Brandon Gormley, with a pair in the third period, scored the other Canadian goals.
"Those games are tough to play," Strome said. "But I think we can applaud our play. We wanted a positive result and now it's time to move on to the next one."