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Canada Winter Games: Team NL boys hockey team to play for placement


The Telegram—Prince George, B.C. Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s boys hockey team were relegated to the Canada Winter Games placement round following a 4-1 loss to Saskatchewan Wednesday evening.

“The positive thing is we wanted to have that battle mentality, and we had it,” says head coach Scott Gordon. 

“We told them in the room in the after, to a person, everyone gave their heart. It was a great game. We outplayed them.”

Saskatchewan opened the scoring, just over a minute into the first period, and made it 2-0 before the end of the first.

After a scoreless second period where Team NL dominated the play and started to build momentum, Gander’s Adam Dawe put Team NL on the scoreboard early in the third with a power-play marker.

The comeback was stifled with less than two minutes remaining when Saskatchewan potted their first or two empty-net goals.

“We definitely won the second period and the third period we didn’t win on the scoreboard but we had our chances,” says Gordon.

Team NL had 10 power play chances in the game, but Gordon says their inability to capitalize was a credit to the Saskatchewan penalty kill.

“Our PP was working well, we were gaining the zone and the breakout was working really well. They were sacrificing a lot and blocking a lot of lanes.”

Team NL will face Yukon in the placement round Thursday. Gordon says while it took a lot of adrenaline to keep pace with Saskatchwan, “they can see themselves now, they can see what happens.”

Game time is 5 p.m. NL time and can be watched online at sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week2/mens-hockey.

 

koliver@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @telykenn

 

“The positive thing is we wanted to have that battle mentality, and we had it,” says head coach Scott Gordon. 

“We told them in the room in the after, to a person, everyone gave their heart. It was a great game. We outplayed them.”

Saskatchewan opened the scoring, just over a minute into the first period, and made it 2-0 before the end of the first.

After a scoreless second period where Team NL dominated the play and started to build momentum, Gander’s Adam Dawe put Team NL on the scoreboard early in the third with a power-play marker.

The comeback was stifled with less than two minutes remaining when Saskatchewan potted their first or two empty-net goals.

“We definitely won the second period and the third period we didn’t win on the scoreboard but we had our chances,” says Gordon.

Team NL had 10 power play chances in the game, but Gordon says their inability to capitalize was a credit to the Saskatchewan penalty kill.

“Our PP was working well, we were gaining the zone and the breakout was working really well. They were sacrificing a lot and blocking a lot of lanes.”

Team NL will face Yukon in the placement round Thursday. Gordon says while it took a lot of adrenaline to keep pace with Saskatchwan, “they can see themselves now, they can see what happens.”

Game time is 5 p.m. NL time and can be watched online at sportscanada.tv/canadagames/index.php/week2/mens-hockey.

 

koliver@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @telykenn

 

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