by Lisa Brown on 12/23/11 at 04:00 AM ET
Team Canada beats Team Switzerland 7-1
The fine folks of Red Deer Alberta welcomed Team Canada Thursday night and in return they witnessed 7 great goals and one excellent hockey game.
Team Canada was first to score with a power play goal from Anaheim Ducks prospect Devante Smith-Pelly. Smith-Pelly would add a second goal in the third period and remained a physical force for Team Canada.
Mark Stone did not fail to delight Ottawa Senators’ fans as the right winger had a first period goal and two assists on the game.
Team Canada goals also came from Boone Jenner, Freddie Hamilton, Tanner Pearson and Ryan Strome; New York Islanders’ prospect centre who scored the final goal of the night.
This was the first game that Jonathan Huberdeau has played following an ankle injury November 5th and so of course was also his first game playing with Team Canada. As Huberdeau was selected third overall at this year’s NHL entry draft, all eyes will be on Huberdeau for the duration of the tournament
Head Coach Don Hay has named his captain on Thursday, forward Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz followed the announcement up with two assists on the night. While Schwartz may not be the most well known name at this point in time, Hay took a long time to deliberate his decision and it will be interesting to see if the reasons behind this decision become quickly apparent.
Samuel Walser scored the lone goal for Team Switzerland on only their fourth shot of the game.
Swiss goaltender Tim Wolf did allow 7 goals on the night, but so did the other Swiss goaltender Lukas Meili on Wednesday against the USA.
This victory still doesn’t really count, but has Team Canada a perfect 2-0 in preliminary games. The third and final pre-game will be Friday night in Rexall Place against Team Sweden. The tournament begins in Edmonton and Calgary on Monday.
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