Saturday , April 17 2021

Lafrner is in the Hunter's home

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The TSN reporter, Mark Masters, daily checks the news and notes for Team Canada, which was available to the media on Friday in Vancouver.

Why did Roman Okeanic leave Wimbledon Alexis Lafranere during the World Junior Cup?

"We showed him a video of the match from Denmark and he was there skiing about how he was free skate, many circles in his game and we were not happy with that," said Team Canada coach. "And we talked to him about it and showed him the video and explained it to him." I said to him: "At the beginning of the game, you will show me whether you understand this or not, we will limit the time of ice. ""

Drimmonville Volteyers forward Joe Velten also extended play time when Hunter shortened his bench to keep the lead from the third period against Switzerland.

"Those guys did not have a great game," said Hunter. "We have to win the matches, so it's not for the ice to lose the night, we will be much better against the Czechs than we were last night (Thursday). We have a lot of things to clean, but I'm confident in our group that we will be better while we are moving here. "

Hunter was promoted by Shane Bowsers from the University of Boston on the left side of Jade Anderson-Dolan of Spokane and Nick Suzuki of Owen Sound, using this trio in a match against the Swiss. McKenzie Envil from Hamilton was picked up from the 13th place and is likely to remain the center of the fourth line with the lead of Lafrannier and Velen from the left.

"We will meet with all the groups and we will talk to them about the way we want each line to find its way through the game and get a little more clarity about them," Hunter said. "We have not done it yet. We just waited for things to find a way, but I think things are getting clearer now."

The other two lines – Cody Glass from Portland between Maxime Comtois on Drummondville and Aries Tippett on Mississauga and Sault Ste. Marie Barret Heithon among fellow Graycund Morgan Frost and Brett Lyson of Prince Albert – will remain unchanged.

"They had great chances," said Hunter. "A little East-West should be cleaned up in the offensive zone and be closer together, but chemistry in these ranks is important. You leave these guys together, they are the highest bosses in my mind."

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Hunter does not plan to restructure her toy units after Team Canada failed to turn five chances against Switzerland on Thursday night. Four of these opportunities came in the third period with the game hanging in balance.

"We would like to close the game with a goal-game," the coach said, "but these guys still find a way to play together and build that chemistry that power needs to squeeze and our game will improve when needed . "

Is it looking for more recording-the first mentality?

"There are five boys of power, so we should not be selfish," Hunter says. "We will give them some new wrinkles, they do not move fast enough, they look at the edges and when you see the junction is too late. Your tape, you know the seam is there and made the transition, and we just wait too long."

With so much skill to the groups, the level of frustration is slipping a little.

"A little, yes," confessed the protector of the London knights, Evan Buschard, who hurt the top unit. "It's a little frustrating not to see the puck, but it will be even more terrible if we do not get the odds … We just had to keep recording."

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The penalty kills, who gave up two goals in similar games behind the "net" against the Swiss, seems to be more worrying.

"That game, we watched and knew about it, and our guys were asleep on this and that's why they achieved," Hunter said. "It takes a job, it's a tournament, so we do not need the punishment to be great now."

But Hunter's patience seems to be weak. Even before the game, he was in the mind because he invited all players to a punishment meeting – not just those who work on it in practice – so everyone knew the game plan. It gave the coach more staff options and he used it using Tippett and Comtois in the shorthand situation in the later stages.

"Our two best players brought them in that situation," explained Hunter. "They were urgent, they were desperate and they finished work."

Lyson, who kills fines in Prince Albert, also received some time lag.

"It's all about being aggressive," defense counsel at Denver University Ian Mitchell said. "It's hard for any power to play against pressure and quickly cross over, so I think that the more we work together, we will start working as a tandem and work as one. That's something that the coach of the staff has found us."

Kuachesh achieved a stronger game even on the game

At the beginning of the second period, the Swiss used the Canadians inability to clear the zone, and Filip Kureshev made no mistake on the slot even on the game 1-1.


Canada's defense position will stay together after a strong effort against the Swiss. Tim Smith, who announced a big minute in Spokane at WHL, was on the hot seat, after an average of one minute shift in the first match against Denmark.

"We were not happy with that and he was the best last night in 37 seconds (for) a shift," said Hunter. "He played hard and hastily, rejected, so he got that message and that's all you expect."

Smith, the New Jersey Devil's prospect, and others who continued the shifts during the victory against the Danes were put to the test before going to the ice against the Swiss.

"We announced the length of the shift before the match and in the morning we talked to them about it, and all the guys who were over 45 had to see," Hunter remarked.

The result?

"Our shifts were great last night," said Hunter. "The analytics show that you're in the best position for up to 37 seconds, then after that, if you go hard and maximize your effort, you will start giving up in intensity."

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Bouchard revealed that the phone call by Connor McDavid, who won the 2015 World Junior Gold Medal, increased the team ahead of the tournament.

"It's pretty cool to hear his side of things, how it was and what made us team together as a team," Bouchard said.

What stood out most of the message of MacDevid?

"Do not pay attention to all the media things that are happening around you," Bouchard said, "especially in Canada that will have a lot of excitement around all things."

Bouchard said McDavid's advice was one of the reasons why players decided, as a group, to stay out of social media during the tournament. And Euler's captain was not until now the only high-profile guest speaker.

"We had Sidney Crosby sent players a message," said Hunter. "We also had Mani Malhotra to talk to the team. Hockey Canada uses alumni to their advantage, have excellent alumni, a local guy like Mani, and then some phone interviews and phone calls with Sidney and Connor McDavid., A powerful tool for us and these guys are excited when they hear from those guys. "

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Designed lineup for Saturday Game:


Bauers-Anderson Dolan-Suzuki
Veleno / Lafrenière-Entwistle-Studnicka





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