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26.08.2018 в 17:35

OTTAWA BEAT SALZBURG IN JCWC BRONZE MEDAL GAME

In the bronze medal game of the 2018 Junior Club World Cup the Ottawa Capitals, who had lost to HV71, faced Red Bull Salzburg, who had suffered a blowout loss to Loko Yaroslavl.

Leevi Laakso got the nod for Red Bull, while Capitals’ head-coach Mark Grady delegated Gabriel Carriere to the cage.

As expected, Salzburg grabbed the momentum early on and tried to outskate their opposition. However, Canadians were ready for that and forced Red Bull to waste a lot of energy and get several penalties along the way. While Justin Schütz was sent to the box for charging, Oliver Nordberg got a 10-minute misconduct. Salzburg killed off the penalties and swung the momentum late in the period again.

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GAME PHOTOS

First period was slow-paced but it ended with intermission as the teams engaged in a very different brand of hockey in the second frame. Both teams were quick to skate through the neutral zone, creating scoring chances at both ends of the ice and there were very few stoppages of play. There were also a few penalties – Alex Robert got a 2-minute minor and while he was gone, a brawl occurred next to Carriere’s goal. The Capitals created more scoring chances, including a failed 3-on-1 rush as they shot the puck over the bar.

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The teams finally found scoring in the third stanza. 46 minutes in Austrians found the back of the net at Oliver Nordberg got the marker, beating Carriere with a mid-range shot. Capitals got back even just over a minute later – Benjamin Tupker cashed in. Late in regulation Carriere got a minor penalty for delay of game and Red Bull got an excellent chance to win the game. Salzburg forced Ottawa to stick close to their net but their shots lacked accuracy and the game went to overtime.

Both teams had their chances to end it in the extra period of play. Justin Schütz had arguably the best opportunity. Salzburg leader got in on a breakaway and went for the backhand shot but Carriere was up to the task.

Capitals won it in the shootout. Red Bull players failed to get anything past Carriere, while Ashton Fry and Ryland Mosley scored for their team. Ottawa Capitals win bronze at the 2018 Junior Club World Cup.

“There can be no excuses. We didn’t score a single goal in the shootout. We had to win it in regulation. We didn’t practice shootouts. Besides, that was the first shootout of the tournament,” said Red Bull Salzburg head-coach Teemu Levijoki. “All in all it was a great event. We put our players through rotation. For instance, our 1998 year born players. For many players this bronze medal game was just their second game at the tournament. We’re going to keep on practicing and playing. Now we know where we are as a team.

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“It was a tough win. Today everything boiled down to the shootout. We had several opportunities to score in overtime, we also could lose it in overtime. We’ve done a great job and return home with medals,” said Ottawa Capitals head-coach Mark Grady. “Our stay in Russia began with a few games in Moscow. I’m certain that cooperation with Hockey Russia and KHL will have a huge impact on Canadian hockey. It was very competitive in Sochi and people were glad to see games of such level.”

2018 Junior Club World Cup
August 26th. Sochi, Russia
Shaiba Ice Arena

3rd place game
Ottawa Capitals (Canada) – Red Bull (Austria) – 2-1 SO (0-0, 0-0, 1-1, 0-0, 1-0)

0-1 – Nordberg (Unassisted) – 45-42
1-1 – B. Tupker (Markhauser, Browne) – 48-06
2-1 – Mosley – 70-00 SOW

Goaltenders: Carriere - Laakso

Statistics

Shots: 68-61
Shots on goal: 32-36
Goals: 1-1
Faceoffs: 30-35
Penalty Minutes: 4-16

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