Lethbridge Hurricanes 2011 1st round draft pick (5th overall) Reid Duke (Calgary, Alta./Calgary Royals, AMHL) scored twice and 13 of Canada’s 15 skaters had at least one point as the Canadians blanked host Austria 9-0 Tuesday at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. The win clinches a semifinal spot for Canada and eliminates the Austrians from final-four contention.
“Good win today, we just need to keep going with our game the rest of the way,” Canadian Defenceman Ryan Pilon (Duck Lake, Sask./Beardy’s, SMAAAHL) said to iihf.com. “We came out strong from the wins today and against the States and we want to carry it over against Finland next.”
Adam Brooks, Ryan Burton, Ryan Gropp and Eric Cornel had first-period goals as Canada scored on its first two shots to take an early lead. Reid Gardiner and Garrett James added second period goals before Pilon and Duke, with his pair, rounded out the scoring in the third.
Brycen Martin finished with three assists, joining Gropp, who had a goal and two helpers, as Canada’s leading scorers in the game. Only captain Joe Hicketts and blue-liner Brendan Nickerson failed to put their names on the scoresheet. Sam Walsh made 16 saves for the shutout as Canada outshot Austria 44-16.
Canada wraps up the preliminary round on Wednesday against Finland (4:45 a.m. local time) ahead of Friday’s semifinals.
(From Esther Madziya, Hurricanes Media Relations)